Simplicity 8342 - Rockabilly Tie Front Top + Sew Along!

by - 6/03/2017

In my previous post I announced becoming Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador, and this is my first post in the series! The 8342 Simplicity pattern is part of the new season range, and whilst not vintage or reproduction, you can't deny it's sassy, rockabilly, 1950s appeal. I jumped at the chance to get my paws on this pattern and knew just the jersey fabric to go with it!

For my first version I used THIS gorgeous Girl Charlee striped jersey fabric to create Version B, the capped sleeve top pattern.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

I love all the options that come with this pattern, I can certainly see myself making the cigarette pants next to complete the pinup look!

I'd certainly recommend this pattern for fellow busty girls, as the top has a really flexible fit. I find that when sewing jersey garments I don't really need to do any full bust adjustments, and even more so with this pattern as you can tie the front to suit you. Perfect!

I was pleasantly surprised at how simple the top was to sew and it didn't take more than a couple of hours. The fit of the top is really good and I love the overall style. My only negative would be that personally, I'm not sure I find the cap sleeves very flattering on me. I think they make the proportions of my arms look bigger. I'd love to make a version omitting the cap completely, or perhaps the cute halterneck version instead.

Like I said in my previous Simplicity Vintage Ambassador announcement post, I've filmed a super handy sew along video to go along with this pattern. Which also meant I got to make another version of this great summer staple top!

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 8342 Sew Along

In the video below, you'll be able to follow along as I sew my second version of this top, along with a first look at my floral make in my first 'out-and-about' photo shoot. I really hope you find the video helpful and inspires you to try this gorgeous new pattern!

If you have any questions about the making of this pattern please do leave a comment on the video!

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity Ladies Sewing Pattern 8342 Knit Tops, Cropped Trousers & Skirts

Fabric: Homestead Life Saloon Stripe Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric by BOLT by Girl Charlee

Notions: Ribbon to stabilise the underarm seams, elastic.

Sewing time: A couple of hours.

Modifications: Just a slight shortening of the straps.

Fit: Spot on!

Difficulty: Straight forward, beginners shouldn't be put off sewing this pattern - there's some great techniques to learn in here.

Watch out for: Take extra care sewing the cap sleeves for a nice and tidy finish.

Make Again?: I already did! See my video above for a first look at my floral version I made in the sew along video or here's a peek below...

Next up, I'll be sharing my images from my first outdoor photo-shoot featuring the above 8342 top AND I'll be hosting a giveaway for people to win 3 copies of this pattern!

Overall, I am very pleased indeed to have these new pinup style tops in my handmade wardrobe. They're easy to wear and comfy whilst remaining stylish with the ability to dress up jeans or pair with circle skirts for a true 1950s look. I really hope you've enjoyed my first post as Simplicity's Vintage Ambassador. Stay tuned for lots more sewing fun. Will you be trying this pattern?

Thanks for reading, pinups!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity & Girl Charlee but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Thanks for explaining the cap sleeve construction so well, your video quality is very good too! Looking forward to seeing more of your makes.

  2. Hi Abi.

    I've recently rediscovered my love for sewing, after quite a long break from it.
    Your blog and videos have been a HUGE inspiration to me, and I'm really excited to see more sew alongs!

    I made this version of the 8342 top last week, in a teal and white stripe stretch jersey, from Girl Charlee.
    I love it!
    However, being a busty gal myself, I found the underbust seam to be a bit high, not sitting under the bust but on it!
    Any ideas what I may have done wrong?
    Keep up the good work. Xx

  3. It looks so cute on you!

    I'm looking forward to your sew-alongs for Simplicity as their Vintage Ambassador.

    I will be making this top out of a pink and white check I have. I just ordered the pattern. I feel the sleeve caps need to be wider and longer. I'm going to try this with mine. I prefer to have my shoulders covered.

  4. It's a cute pattern, but I agree that the cap sleeves look a little out of proportion with the rest of the top - a nice flutter sleeve might be a good alternative? I love your fabric choices too, really classic and I'm sure you'll get lots of wear out of these tops over the summer! x

  5. I have made it into dresses by adding a circle skirt. Also made strapless variations! Love this pattern!

  6. Ohhh, I didn't know I wanted this pattern until I saw yours! Great video! I was wondering when you say miniature zigzag stitch, what do you mean as far as length/width? I'm never sure how to set my machine.

  7. Could this be made with a woven fabric, if you put a zipper in?