The Collins top pattern

(PDF VERSION)

$19 AUD

 

Garment details

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. 

The Collins top was 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.

The pattern comes with fully illustrated instructions to hold your hand every step of the way (there is also a 'cheat sheet' available for those of you who don't want your hand held) which can be printed at home, or simply viewed on a computer or tablet.

View A includes a three-piece raglan sleeve with some 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.

The pattern is available in 10 sizes (A - K) and is nested, to make it easier for you to grade between sizes. The pattern also includes embedded layers. This means that you can select only the size/s you would like to print. 

For more information about sizing, please visit the Sizing Chart.

BODY MEASUREMENTS

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FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTS

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Difficulty

The pattern is placed at a Level 3 on the In the Folds pattern skill scale, which means you should be confident using a simple sewing pattern. 

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).
 

Suggested fabrics

The Collins top is compatible with a range of different fabrics. Your choice of fabric will dictate 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). Be careful if you are a beginner though, as these fabrics are a little trickier to sew. I'd suggest sticking to stable natural fabrics that are not too prone to fraying if you are a beginner. 

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. You can download a free colouring-in template of the pattern if you would like to explore your options before cutting your fabric.

Download the template here. (Pattern also included in digital download after purchase).
 

Supplies

Fabric requirements (click to enlarge)

Notions - View A

  • Coordinating thread
     1 x 10mm (⅜in) button
    1m (1.1 yard) x 32mm (1¼in) single-fold bias tape
     Optional : 2.5m (2.75 yards) bias binding if you would like to also bind the hem

Notions - View B

  • Coordinating thread
     1 x 10mm (⅜in) button
     Optional : 2.5m (2.75 yards) bias binding if you would like to bind the hem

***NOTE: If you are making your own binding or are using fabric with a directional print, it is likely you will also require more fabric than suggested above. 

Digital product details

This listing is for a PDF pattern, which means that you will receive a digital file to print at home. At this time, physical copies of the pattern are not available.

The pattern is suitable for printing on both A4 and US letter sized paper. A copy shop version is also included in the file. 

Digital pattern instructions: 41 pages

Print at home pattern: 32 pages (a printing plan is included in the instructions so that you can choose to only print the pages you need for choice of style and size)

Print shop version: 2 x A0 pages

Pattern includes seam allowances. 

There will be a sew-along starting in a few weeks, for anyone looking wants to sew along with me!

If you have any questions please see our FAQ and Digital Product Policy. 


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