CROP TOP | VOGUE 1939
Let me start this post by saying, “I’ve never been a fan of crop tops.” I just don’t feel comfortable with my mid-section exposed, unless I’m wearing a swimsuit. Ask me what’s the difference and my only answer is, “Hmmm… I don’t know.” Hahaha! Seriously, I wear 1-piece swimsuits for the most part, but when I have worn 2-piece suits at the pool or beach, I didn’t feel too uncomfortable about showing my mid-section. Now that we have that out of the way, let me tell you why I chose to sew a crop top.
The details in the design of this garment took my breath away. There are so many beautiful elements that made the top desirable for me. When I first saw the pattern, I knew I could wear it in a manner that upholds my standards for attire. So, the idea of wearing it with high-waisted skirts and pants made it an immediate yes. I also have some other ideas of how I plan to style it in the future, coming later in this post under the “Styling Options” section.
Vogue 1939 is a loose-fitting top with gathered sleeves, bib feature, stand-up collar, and button with bias loop front closure. View A is cropped with an elastic waist, front ties at the waist and collar, three-quarter, voluminous sleeves with elastic hems. View B has long sleeves, cuffs with button and bias loop closure, continuous lap opening, and lace trim. The pattern is available in Sizes 8 – 26 (Bust sizes 31.5″ – 44″).
The company rates the pattern as ADVANCED, and I will agree because there are pin tucks involved with View B. However, I do believe an INTERMIDIATE sewing skill is adequate to sew View A. The details that are designed into the pattern come together to create a beautiful garment. I always suggest reading your pattern instructions completely before starting a project, to prepare yourself for what’s ahead.
The instruction guide suggests using a needle and strong thread to turn the fabric tube right side out after sewing the ties for View A. That technique works well for turning small tubes of fabric. However, I have a Loop Turner Set and I always use it for turning tubes when they aren’t too small. The smallest tube in this set was just the right size for turning the fabric right side out to create the button loops.
Check the Details
As I mentioned above, the details are what drew my attention to the pattern. So let’s take an closer look at what makes this top such a beautiful garment.
Inside the Garment
I used my Baby Lock Soprano to sew all the seams, and Baby Lock Vibrant Serger to finish seam allowances. The inside of the garment looks great. I especially like the bib lining detail that provides a clean finish, encasing the seams, with the right side of the fabric showing. Here are some close-up photos of the garment inside.
The pattern suggests the following types of fabric: Poplin, Lightweight Broadcloth, Lawn, and Challis. I used a beautiful Crinkle Rayon that I purchased from my local JoAnn Fabrics. I love the print, colors, and specks of metallic gold. Here’s a quick tip for beginners: When working with a lightweight, textured fabric, like crinkle rayon, be careful that you don’t press out the texture. Press the seams only, using the tip of your iron as much as possible. The texture is what gives the fabric its character and you don’t want to lose that at the ironing station.
In addition to your regular notions, the pattern calls for the following. View A: 2 1/8 yards of 1/2″ ELASTIC, and ten 1/2″ buttons. View B: 2 yards of 1″ scallop lace trim, 2 7/8 yards of 5/8″ scallop lace trim, and twenty-nine 1/2″ buttons. I used these beautiful PEARL BUTTONS from my local JoAnn Fabrics. I knew that the pearl buttons would look amazing against the fabric. They’re perfect for dressing the top up or down.
I was able to sew the top straight from the envelope without any pattern adjustments. My bust measurement is 34″ and I cut a size 10 (39.5″ finished garment bust), which gave me 5.5″ of ease. The top is a perfect fit for me. If you want to lengthen the crop top to accommodate your comfort, please keep in mind that there are no lenghthen/shorten lines included on the pattern pieces. However, you could draw in your own lengthen lines. You would need to lengthen the front, side front, back, front band, and underlap pieces
I styled the top with a basic pencil skirt that I made with Simplicity 8982. I raised the waist by 3″ to give me the coverage that I desired at my mid-section. This textured rib knit has been in my fabric collection for years and it was a great match for the top. I tried three different pairs shoes and my favorite is the metallic gold high-heel sandal that picks up the gold specks in the fabric. I also like this shoe because it doesn’t draw attention away from the top. The pearl handbag that I purchased from a local fashion show this year looks great with the outfit. The gold, beaded clutch also looks nice. I finished off the look with pearl stud earrings and bracelets.
Styling Option 2
The orange shoes pick up the hints of orange sprinkled throughout the fabric. While I think it looks nice, something is off and I think it’s the purse. This shoes need a more vibrant colored purse. One minute they look cute, then the next I’m squinting my eyes to see if I really like them with this purse. Haahahaa! What do you think?
Styling Option 3
Next, I styled it with my mustard gold strappy heels. I don’t know if I like these shoes with the look. I think they draw attention away from the top. The blouse needs to be the star, but I think it’s competing with the shoes. What do you think?
Styling Option 4
Let me preface this next look with, “I will NOT be wearing these particular jeans with the top. I just wanted to show you how it looks with jeans. I kept trying to pull the top down as far as it would go for these pictures, to hide my mid-section. Haahahahha! Then, I was very careful in how I posed so nothing would rise up. And the top still rose up in the front. Oh well, that’s what a crop top is supposed to do. I like the way this looks with the clogs — great for a casual lunch date or visiting with a friend. I’ll get some high-waisted jeans though.
Other Styling Options
I also think the top would look amazing with a pair of high-waisted trousers, a pair of shorts or cropped pants/jeans. I’m envisioning it with an orange body con dress with spaghetti straps underneath. Ooohhh, I like that idea. Or, what about skinny jeans and a pair of boots? Needless to say, I plan to get lots of wear from this top.
What do you think?
Which shoe do you like best? I would love to hear your feedback. Scroll to the very bottom of this page to leave a comment.
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