Hello dears! I am so pleased to show you my latest project–this Lady Marlowe Halter Top! I didn’t think that this time last week I would actually have it finished in time for Independence day, but the pattern was so simple and easy to understand. Besides this, Brigi was right there to help me through the sticky parts, and with her encouragement, I was able to complete the finishing touches the night before the 4th. Whew! Hands down, this was the quickest sewing project I have ever done.
You might remember from this post my mentioning a desire I had to try out a halter top this Summer. Well, ever since that post was put up, I began looking. However, it was Brigi, not I, who found the perfect pattern. She was browsing through a host of halter top patterns on Etsy when she discovered the “it” pattern. We looked at it in closer detail before contacting Margot, the Etsy Shop owner of Lady Marlowe Studios.
When Brigi and I contacted her, we asked if we could possibly do a review on the halter top pattern, but she had an even better idea! Margot replied with a very generous offer, asking if all three of us wanted to pick out and review a pattern a piece, our choice! What a dear! Thank you so much, Margot!
Margot has a keen eye for out-of-print vintage patterns, and she is definitely a lady with a mission. Desiring to bring these “lost” patterns back for vintage lovers to use, Margot collects all retro patterns dating from the 1920’s–1960’s and reprints them and the original instructions on clean white paper. Like most patterns, this Lady Marlowe pattern came as a single big paper sheet, while the instructions are stapled into a nice little manual. The pattern and instructions are tucked into a nice plastic slip, making for a wonderful little package.
Do you remember when I was redecorating my room for my birthday? Instead of folding up all of the old sheets and pillow cases, I decided to take out a few things to use for new clothes (I like to think of myself as Maria from “The Sound of Music” when she used her bedroom drapes to make play clothes for the Von Trapp children). In the lot was this particularly thick cotton, red and white striped bolster pillow case. I thought it would be the perfect thing to make into a top to match my refashioned star-spangled skirt. After all, I have never had a completely patriotic outfit in my life! So why not take after our wonderful Country’s flag for a first?
As I said above, Brigi helped me through the whole project. Do you see those loop button holes? She said that those would be the “thing” to complete the look of the halter, and I quite agreed with her. She hefted me her handy-dandy, huge Vogue Sewing book, and off she went to leave me to figure out how to make them.
The actual pattern directs you to make thread loop button holes, which sounded delightfully easy, but I wanted to make this top stunning and long lasting. Therefore, I sacrificed a lot of time and “little grey cells” (“Poirot” detective series) to decipher the Vogue Sewing instructions and, in the end, I was able to proudly show my seamstress sister the tidy detail work of the button loops. I’ll tell you, I felt so good after I got those done! And they looked really nice, too. 🙂
The Details: Fabric: An old Ikea pillow case // Buttons: vintage // Pattern c/o Lady Marlowe Studios (similar here)
When I told you all that I would be trying out a halter top for Summer, a few of you were curious as to how I would make it modest. I was curious myself, to be honest, and I really didn’t have a clue how to do it until the top was finished.
Thank goodness for camisoles! I typically don’t like the extra bulk camis give to tops, but in this case, it was necessary for modesty, and extra “support” under the halter. And even though the halter has a tailored fit, the bias cut allowed for a little bit of give. It worked out well.
Notes: Besides the fabric loop button holes I did have to take the garment in at the sides about an inch, but other than that, the pattern is very precise and perfect in every way. What I especially love is how the pattern allows for a lot of fabric in front of my shoulders and around my neck, aiding in covering up my torso just that much more. And it is so comfortable! I knew that I would get that out of a halter top though, because there are no sleeves! If there is one thing I could complain about with any woven fabric top, it is the restrictiveness of the sleeves, no matter how short they are. Just try to reach up a little to get that vase on the shelf and up creeps your top. I’ver never enjoyed that, but with a halter, I am free, absolutely free from this restriction. Bliss.
Have you heard of Lady Marlowe Studios Patterns before?
Would you try a halter top?
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Much love, and a belated Happy Independence Day wish to you all!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer