I bet you weren't planning on seeing Simplicity 3480 again so quickly! You may remember (or, maybe, you are a new reader and/or a goldfish, in that case, welcome) that last week I used this pattern with a gorgeous nani IRO print and made a little playset out of this crop top and high waisted shorts. Today I'm dialing it back a bit with the sleeveless version in solid red. Crop tops!
...did I fool you??!?!?
It's not a crop top at all!
I stumbled across McCall's 4933 on the vintage pattern wiki or on etsy, I can't remember. While the only one I found was sold, I thought it was such an interesting design!
It may not look that special, but it's the only one of it's kind I've been able to find: it's not an overblouse, but (according to the pattern envelope) a "Tuck-in blouse with look of short overblouse."
Since this pattern was sold and I couldn't find another similar one, I used my own crop top pattern, and straightened out the sides so that it is just a little box. I based my modifications on the little pattern diagram on the back of the pattern, which you can see here (the sold pattern on etsy). The pattern pieces are fairly straight and lengthened significantly to allow a large tuck that mimics a hem.
I was worried it would make it much too boxy, but it turned out alright. I think that the original pattern (McCall's 4933 I mean) has a liiiittle bit of shaping, but not much. It's a pull over style, after all.
Here you can see the tuck a bit better. You can also see that I just pinked the bottom. Actually, I still didn't add enough length on the bottom and didn't want to lose any! Also, I don't really wear all that much red (more of a pink girl), so this is really more of a test garment. Next time, I will make it longer--even unhemmed, this one can ride up out of my waistband. Since it is so simple, it still takes less than a yard, but it does seem like quite a bit of fabric since so much of it is hidden away! I suppose you could use a lining fabric, if you were really tight on fabric.
The short, cropped overblouse with a high waisted skirt or cigarette pants is such a classic 50s/60s silhouette, and I love that someone half a century ago thought, "I want to look like that but also be able to bend over." Right with you, girl. I am so there with you.
Have you ever seen a "tuck-in overblouse" pattern like this? I hadn't! And actually, you would never even know based on the front illustrations, which I find surprising. Even in these simplest designs, there's so many interesting little details.
ps: this would be a great way to wear a "crop top" to work if you work in a casual office! that is my plan :)