Sewing vintage Simplicity pattern 3451 a 1950s Topper

Let me guess, you are either thinking what is a topper? or else just what is she wearing now?…

In answer to both questions, I am wearing a freshly sewn vintage style topper.
During the 50s/60s a Topper was a light weight jacket that could be worn over a blouse, skirt or capri pants, a bit like we wear a cardi today, but smarter. I think its a lovely word for a very useful garment. It is unstructured and simple. A topper can be sewn with shoulder pads and buttoned up, or loose and swinging. It comes in various lengths.

Simplicity 3451


This pattern came from my suitcase of 137 vintage patterns. Marc bought them all for my birthday in October. This is the first one I have sewn so far. I have so many plans, there are some real beauties in that case.
This was a very simple pattern, for my version I only used 2 main pieces for each outer and inner layer.

The pattern is reversible. I chose to use polar fleece. A fabric that I feel is often overlooked by us sewists.

It is not just for kids blankets you know? At work I am constantly in and out of two very old, cold theatres. A coat is too bulky and a cardi not always warm enough.

I have found my ‘Topper’ to be the perfect garment…casual, comfy and warm plus its a bit of fun!

I sewed it on my overlocker and finished all the hems by hand. planning a longer one next time in tweed I think?

What do you think,  which way do you like it, black or leopard?

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18 Comments

  1. 5th November 2015 / 1:32 pm

    Oh the wild side! Definitely! Very nice piece of garment! Anna x

  2. 4th November 2015 / 9:13 am

    I love it! Vintage patterns are awsome right? Great use of the polar fleece, I probably would not think of that.
    I particullarly like the black side with the leopard peaking in the cuffs and colar.

  3. 3rd November 2015 / 6:14 pm

    Thanks Jane I love it too just need matching boots?
    best D
    Ps I have also emailed you a reply x

  4. 3rd November 2015 / 2:43 pm

    Oh wow, I love this and it's reversible too! I'd wear the Topper both ways but for ultimate chic I think the black with leopard skin cuffs is hard to beat. Very, VERY tempted to start trawling eBay now looking for Topper patterns! x

  5. 2nd November 2015 / 10:54 pm

    This is absolutely stunning! I love it with both fabrics – I'd change it each time I wore it! I do hope you make more…a topper is my kinda garment! Cxxx

    • 3rd November 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks Chrissie I can see you in one of these!
      best xx

  6. 2nd November 2015 / 10:27 pm

    well, that's a winner then…cos I love it too. Along with the other commenter's.Really suits you as well.

    • 3rd November 2015 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks best of all its such a simple sew!
      Daisy J x

  7. 2nd November 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Absolutely love it, particularly the black version – it looks so modern you almost wouldn't ever guess it was made using a vintage pattern! I'd never heard of the term 'topper' before… I think you might've just planted the seed to start a topper trend! X

    • 3rd November 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you and what a good idea, lets all get out 'toppers' on!
      best d x

  8. 2nd November 2015 / 6:13 pm

    It's brilliant and I love that it's reversible. Looks fab on you too. Have a great week xx

    • 2nd November 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Thanks Jane!
      You have a great week too!
      best d x

  9. 2nd November 2015 / 5:44 pm

    Very snazzy! I do love the black with the leopard skin peeping out.

    • 2nd November 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you me too!
      best d x

  10. 2nd November 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Love it with the leopard fleece as lining and showing on the collar and cuffs. It looks brilliant – absolutely love it. Would be a brilliant 'car coat' – remember those?

    • 2nd November 2015 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you i like it that way too, although it is quite fun the other way and makes me laugh!
      yes I do remember car coats (shhhhhh)
      best d x

  11. 2nd November 2015 / 2:08 pm

    I love it! It suits you, and both looks are cute and contemporary. Great use of fleece, as well. I bet it is lovely and warm, as well as soft.

    • 2nd November 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you it is lovely and warm and so soft too!
      best daisy j x