You probably already know of the terrific blog by Casey at Elegant Musings wonderful whimsy of vintage inspired makes and tutorials etc, http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2009/08/1920s-chemise-inspired-top/. The link features a tutorial on how to draft a simple pattern and make this useful little chemise. This is an ideal project for anyone new to sewing and pattern drafting as both elements are relatively straightforward and there is great satisfaction in making something entirely from scratch and to your own measurements and design.
Sometimes you just want to create a useful little pretty and this uses up those spare bits of silk, viscose etc leftover from other projects.
This lovely piece is so easy to make and the addition of the pintucks to the front allow for the top to sit nicely across the bust and the lace and ribbon trim elevates it out of the ordinary. You can have different looks by experimenting with different trims, fabric, thickness of straps, pleating in the front, adjusting the length etc. Or as outerwear as a summer top using a broderie anglaise cotton with waist ties and ric-rac trim. Possibilities are endless.
I’ve made three in different fabric and trims which will cover most occasions. They are cut quite short so as not to add bulk at the waist and I do love wearing these with the lace trim and tucks peeking out from under blouses or jumpers. If you have a spare mo – have a go, you won’t be disappointed.