In The Folds. Collins Top
The Collins top is a loose-fitting trapeze-shaped top designed for woven fabrics. It is A-line in shape, perfect for hot summer days. It features a round neck, panel lines, a high-low hem and a centre-back opening, with a button and loop closure. Due to its length, the Collins top is the perfect top to pair with skirts or trousers that sit on or above the natural waist.
View A includes a three-piece raglan sleeve designed with extra volume, which creates a fun and interesting shape. The neckline is finished with bias binding.
View B is sleeveless and the neckline and armholes are finished with an all-in-one facing for a really clean and professional finish.
DIfficulty: 1.5/5. designed with beginners in mind. If you have mastered straight and curved seams, you’re ready to take on this pattern. Through careful drafting and interesting techniques, this pattern will give you that confidence boost you have been looking for.
By working through this pattern, you will gain confidence in: sewing straight seams, sewing curved seams, piecing panels together, achieving a beautiful finish, working with bias binding (view A only) and finishing a garment with an all-in-one facing (view B only).
This is a multi-sized pattern, to fit within the following measurement ranges:
Bust: 76cm - 131cm
Waist: 61cm - 116cm
Hip: 84cm - 139cm
Recommended fabrics:The Collins top is compatible with a range of different fabrics. Your choice of fabric will govern the silhouette you achieve.
Consider using light to mid-weight fabrics such as: linen, linen blends, cotton, gauze or chambray. For a softer silhouette, consider sateen, silk (crepe de chine or habotai) or viscose (rayon).Softer fabrics will drape over the bust (and create soft flowy sleeves), while stiffer fabrics will create a more voluminous and structured silhouette.
Due to the number of panels in the Collins top, it is a great pattern to use to experiment with colour blocking and stripe direction.
Fabric requirements: Approx 1.3m - 2.1m @ 150cm wide. Please see image for details.
Photo credits: In the Folds