Simplicity 1201

I’m in love with this top pattern. It’s vintage Simplicity 1201 from 1955.

Casey, are you a reincarnation of this 50’s pattern envelope model? I swear that’s you on the bottom left. 🙂

I’ve made three blouses from this pattern thus far and I see more in the future.


Here, seen with my scalloped Thurlows, is view 1 (bottom right). I originally made it with the neckline as drafted, wore it a few times, then cut the neckline down about an inch because it always felt like it was choking me. I hate turtlenecks for the same reason. Even though my copy of this pattern is for a 32 bust, there is enough ease in it that I cut it straight from the pattern for my 37″ bust. It was perfectly fitted 20 pounds ago. Now it has a little more ease than I like. For this one I used an almost sheer swiss dot and completely lined it with cotton batiste. I finished the little tabs at the shoulders with some functional white vintage flower buttons. It closes on the side with a regular zipper and a hook and eye at the hem.


This one is view 3 (upper left) made in a thrifted vintage knit for which I had only the tiniest scrap of fabric. This is also paired with linen Thurlows (are we sensing a theme for my summer wardrobe?). I omitted the zipper since it’s a knit. Sadly I can already tell the old knit is loosing much of it’s elasticity because it has very little rebound. I couldn’t resist it though when I saw the adorable blue and white fruit print on it, though. Hey… where IS that close up shot I took of the fruit?! Hmm…

I have yet to photograph the other (the first Simplicity 1201) view 3 top I made in black rayon challis. Its honestly one of my favorite makes but every time I wear it I forget to photograph it. Oops. It will show up here one of these days.





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