The Lucille Top Pattern/Tutorial + Vintage Pattern Book Giveaway

on May 27 | in Books, Contests & Giveaways, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 50 Comments

Aimee Cook is the owner and designer behind Aimee’s Victorian Armoire and the Aimee’s Victorian Armoire shop. She recently published a book with nine vintage-inspired patterns. Vintage Pattern Book features fashion from the 1940’s and 1950’s, inspired by vintage pieces. The spiral bound pages make it easy to reference the book while sewing!

Aimee has a free excerpt from the book for you, with one of the nine patterns in the book. This gives you a taste of the style of the patterns; Aimee helps you draft using your own dimensions so you’ll get a perfect fit every time. For the additional eight patterns, and to see more of the designs, you can find the book through the Aimee’s Victorian Armoire site. Aimee is also generously offering up a free copy of her book! Just comment for a chance to win Vintage Pattern Book.

Looking for more of Aimee’s work? She shared a Vintage-Inspired Capelet Tutorial with us. You can also learn more about Aimee in her introduction.

“Strive for progress, not perfection.”

This was the quote embossed in beautiful gold letters that graced a soft pink cover of a journal I happened to spy one day out shopping. I fully recall the moment I saw it, laying there tucked under numerous other journals, slightly crumpled and seemingly forgotten. With cat-like reflexes I scooped it up, dropped it promptly into my shopping cart and gave a little mental note of thanks towards this spiral bound blessing….

So begins the opening page of my much cared for, and much-fretted over book. This is a loving tribute to vintage fashion and the women in my life who have given me the courage and knowledge to create and publish my first book. Each of the nine patterns featured in this book are based off of originals, yet can easily be blended into one’s modern wardrobe. Using a pattern guide system, one is able to create truly custom patterns that can be altered and tweaked as one desires!

Below is an excerpt from the book….

Tools, Tips + Tricks:
Each one of the patterns outlined in this book are completely self-drafted. Using your own measurements and the tools listed out below, you will be able to create custom (and I mean custom) patterns that will fit your specific body shape. If you have never drafted a pattern before, here are a few rules and tips to keep in mind.

1. When in doubt, draft (and therefore cut out) a little larger than you think you will need. You can always take away, but it is very difficult to add. The guide does not include seam allowances, so be sure to add those in when you cut out your pieces.

2. Fit, fit and fit again. After you make your paper pattern, check it for fit, especially around the armhole and bust. Fit again after you stitch the shoulder and side seams of the fabric bodice and, yes, once more when you are done. Proper fit should always be on the forefront of your mind.

3. Be patient! Like all new things, a learning curve is to be expected. Don’t give up if your first draft is slightly wonky or too short. Take it as an opportunity to make a better draft the next time!

4. Don’t be surprised if you like pattern drafting! It can be surprisingly contagious. Once you create a few patterns, you will be surprised at how quickly the skill will grow and open up a whole new world of sewing!

Even if you are brand, spanking new to the world of pattern drafting, there are patterns in this book that you can do right now! Each pattern is graded on a difficulty level of 1-3. Simply used this number guide to point you on the road to success!

The Lucille Top

Level 3

This is truly one of those patterns that can be made in a multitude of fabrics to accommodate a variety of events and climates. You can wear it with a cardigan, by itself with a pair of cropped pants or imagine one out of silk tucked into a poufy circle skirt… The possibilities are truly endless.


  • 1 ¼ yard of fabric: cotton, poly-blend, linen
  • One 4” zipper
  • One 9” zipper
  • Double fold bias tape

Pattern Guide:
Bodice Front:
– A, B – ¼ of neck plus 2”, curve line
– A, C – Same as line of shoulder piece D, C, plus 1”
– B, E – Base of neck to 4” below the waistline
– F, G – Underarm to center bust plus 1 ½”
– C, D – End of shoulder piece to same as end point E, give slight curve to top to allow for remaining armhole
– D, E – Connect Points

Bodice Back:
– A, B – ¼ of neckline minus the shoulder piece neckline plus ½”
– A, C – Same as Front A, C
– B, D – Base of neck to same end point as Front
– G, F – Underarm to center back plus 1” (plus extra for zipper)
– C, E – End of shoulder piece to same end as point D, curve top for armhole
– D, E – Connect points

Shoulder Piece:
– A, B – Shoulder plus 1”
– B, C – 2” wide – add more for a wider neckline
– A, D – Top of shoulder to start of underarm, curve in
– D, C – Draw a diagonal line – measure base of neck to point D

Sewing Process:
1. Sew the shoulder pieces to the front and back bodice pieces, right sides together.

2. Sew the shoulder seams, right sides together.

3. Stitch bodice back center seam up to the end point where 4” zipper would start, right sides together. Insert zipper.

4. Stitch one side seam from underarm to the point where the 9” zipper should start, right sides together. Insert 9” zipper.

5. Stitch other side seam, right sides together.

6. Pin the darts as desired on wrong side of bodice, stitch. Trim off excess fabric.

7. Hem the bottom edge.

8. Run a gathering stitch along the neckline of the blouse. Measure a piece of double fold bias tape to comfortably go around the neck, plus 1”. Gather neckline of top to fit the bias tape, making sure to leave ½” of bias tape free to tuck under for a nice finish on both ends. Stitch bias tape to blouse.

9. Hem the armholes with a narrow hem.

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50 Responses to The Lucille Top Pattern/Tutorial + Vintage Pattern Book Giveaway

  1. Jan Blankenship says:

    Can’t wait to make this top! I love the patterns of my early years!

  2. Amy MacKay says:

    Fun! I am so inspired by all the trend toward vinatge looks! The book looks fabulous!!!

  3. This is adorable! I love the shape of this, and I also find the idea of the book and all the learning potential in it very appealing. Great feature, thanks.

  4. Helen says:

    Love this style! and looks like a relatively simple sew too!

  5. Delia Jones says:

    I love vintage and inspired clothing! I hope to try this out soon.

  6. Carole says:

    I’d love to win this book. This is a new-to-me sewing niche and very interesting!

  7. Brenda says:

    Fun top. These are the clothes my mother wore as a young woman.

  8. Dorothy says:

    Really nice top. I would like to sew it…

  9. hannah says:

    I love this and it looks to be one I will give a go as soon as I finish my current project 🙂

  10. Jessica Hansen says:

    I really like this cute top! I think it would be cuter in a different fabric, but this is still super cute. I bet the rest of the book is just as fantastic.

  11. sarah says:

    Vintage clothing fits me so much better. I have been hooked since the seventh grade when I was shopping with my momma, who convinced me to try on a dress that looked like something my teacher would have worn. After I finally tried it on, I was so happy with the fit and flattery (and style of course!) that I never looked back. It altered the course of my style and I still have that dress 🙂 I would love to have the chance to try and master some of your lovely patterns.

  12. Nancy Giese says:

    What a cute little top. I like the vintage patterns.

  13. Shannon Phillips says:

    I love the fabric, so cheery! I would love to see the patterns in the rest of the book!

  14. I love Vintage Patterns and would love to win this book. I believe the instructions in vintage patterns are more concise and clear and fit better than the current market patterns ! I re use my patterns from the 60’s and update them as needed. Thank you for the opportunity to win! Thank you for the Lucy inspired pattern!

  15. Sylvia says:

    Wow, these patterns are awesome! My favorite one is the cape but the Lucille top is flattering with the taiored fit. Thanks so much for sharing~

  16. Carmen N says:

    I would love to have this book in my collection!

  17. Terri in BC says:

    Very cute! I’ve never drafted a pattern – this one would be good to try. Thanks for the opportunity.

  18. Cindy S. says:

    This would be a fun book to have. I love vintage style, and I like the way the measurements are personalized, so it should be easy to get a good fitting garment.

  19. Ari says:

    I think this would be a great way to get into drafting.

  20. Dawn Jones says:

    This looks like an awesome book.

  21. Stella says:

    I’ve always balked at drafting my own patterns. Looks like this would be a good way to start.

  22. Nancy Giese says:

    I love the vintage patterns. Looking forward to sewing one

  23. Brenda Melahn says:

    This top has my daughter-in-law’s name all over it. Would love to win this book and see what other goodies I can find 🙂

  24. Jayne says:

    I have been thinking more and more lately that I want to try making clothes! Love that little top!

  25. Pamela Meyer says:

    This is a beautiful top. I haven’t seen my own clothes in many years but I think I’ll break the drought with this pattern. Thank you

  26. What a cute top – wish I had the figure for it – ha!!

  27. Pat T. says:

    Oh, perfect!… This is *exactly* what I’ve been looking for!!
    Thank you!!

  28. jonquil says:

    What a great book! The directions are so crisp I’m getting inspired to try pattern drafting!

  29. Kathy S. says:

    Such a classic! I think everyone would look cute in it!

  30. Samantha says:

    Love this!

  31. Marg says:

    That is a lovely pattern to try, thanks for giving it to us.

  32. Mandi says:

    What a nice pattern! I’d need to start with level 1.

  33. Emilia says:

    What a simple pattern!

    You make it look so easy!!

    Teach me!!!

  34. Joanne Spence says:

    I have actually looked at this book, and have it on my drool list. I love vintage looks, and I would love to be a proud, dedicated owner of this book! Winning it would certainly shorten my wish list by one ?

  35. Tonia Jeffery says:

    So cute. It is interesting that it calls for two zippers.

  36. Emma says:

    Love that top and I’d love to win the book 🙂

  37. Sharon says:

    I’ve always wanted to try drafting patterns for myself. This little top is a great place to start, but I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  38. Julie says:

    Holly Molly I love this top! I was on the lookout for something a bit ‘more’ than my regular tshirts that I wear with my vintage inspired skirts and this look perfect!!!

  39. I always thought it was a sign of old age wanting to relive the good old days. Now I know I’m angry and trendy 50year old. That book is going on my wish list!

  40. Denise says:

    I love to sew vintage garments. They are always so cleverly form fitting!

  41. Tina says:

    I love the vintage style! Keen to win the book.

  42. Kelly Aubert says:

    I love how fitted that top is! I would love to look thru her book!

  43. Tina says:

    So cute. Thank you

  44. Marjory W says:

    I love vintage looks and would love this book, I’m sure!

  45. Cameron says:

    The idea of drafting my own patterns scares me just a bit!

  46. Julie says:

    This top is lovely! I’m going to check out the book right away!

  47. HeatherK says:

    Sweet top! Love the simple design. Thanks for giving us a taste of the book.

  48. I always liked the older more tailored patterns.

  49. Lee says:

    What a great pattern! Would love to win this book! thanks!

  50. Allison says:

    Cute little top!

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