This is my altered version of Simplicity 3480. I showed my alterations in this post from last June--although I hadn't made another one after my red wearable muslin, I didn't forget about this vintage oddity! I wrote about it in my recent Seamwork article, and whipped one up for the sunny weather we've been having this week here in North Carolina.
The only change I made this time was to lengthen the pattern pieces by an additional 6 inches. It seems so long when you're cutting it out, but a lot of it gets taken up in the tuck that creates the fake hem. I wish my hem were a tiny bit shorter to show off my waist a bit more, but I really love this effect. I may take it up half an inch or so.
My necklace is from Happiness Boutique, it's this one. I love costume jewelry; I have some great sparkly pieces from my great-grandmother, and I think this over-the-top, blingy look is a fun touch paired with a more casual outfit, but I also think it would be gorgeous layered over a vintage dress with a jewel neckline. (You can get 10% off with code alliemjackson, and they have free shipping and a rewards program!)
I want to make and wear some more crop tops this spring and summer--I have lots of full skirts (you can never have too many!) which will pair well with tuck-in faux crop tops for work, and I think I'll try and make them whenever I have remnants left over from bigger projects. You can layer one over a dress, which is a nice vintage look, or pair it with a skirt for a matched set. I'm starting to think the question is when can't you wear a crop top?
Would you wear a crop top--if it wasn't reeeally a crop top? What do you think is more practical, a fake crop top or a regular crop top + a tank underneath? Do you want a full tutorial or is my explanation from the original post comprehensive enough?
ps: the building behind me is the former Julian S. Carr Junior High School, the first junior high in durham to be integrated. Andree McKissick and Henry Vickers enrolled in 1959, 5 years after brown v. board of education.
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