Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Drop Sleeve Top

I treated myself to some new fabrics last week.  the denim coloured linen is destined for a dress (pattern is printed and waiting to be assembled) and the embroidered cotton and cream silk/cotton blend are for tops.

My wardrobe is severely lacking in smart casual tops for work and days off.
I'm looking for the perfect top pattern to make with the embroidered stripey fabric.  I wondered if the Drop Sleeve top, a  free pattern from The Avid Seamstress, was going to be it.

After carefully looking at the finished garment sizing I made size 1.  Before cutting into my good fabric, I thought I'd make a toile (practice top) from some rayon I bought last year, (but decided after I had seen it on a lady in a terribly, dare I say frumpy shirt, that I didn't really like it),  I figured if the top turned out well, I could use it for work.

I decided to omit the sleeves, so have little cap sleeves, which are perfect for summer.  The back does up with a button and loop.  I had problems getting a loop made that I was satisfied with.  Probably something to do with the slippery nature of the fabric.  I also topstitched around the neck line, even with understitching I felt the facing didn't stay where it was supposed too.

Overall it's a wearable top, and has been cool and comfortable for work today.  When I make it again, I can probably forgo the button and loop closure, because it fits over my head without having to undo it, and do a bound neckline as I have on my Eva Dress.


  1. You are really making some lovely pieces for your wardrobe.

  2. Beautiful fabrics and you have made a lovely top.

  3. The top looks perfect on you Julie- such a great fit!

  4. This is a nice style on you... and you could make simple adjustments e.g. high/low hem or side splits, making it longer into a tunic or adding an elasticated casing waistband, for a bit of variety.

  5. It looks really nice on you Julie, well done!

  6. Good finish and insights into your process.
    It's a nice style for sure and sounds like you're going to experiment
    with making another one. Great idea, practice turns out a super


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