In The Folds – The Collins Top Pattern

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In The Folds – The Collins Top Pattern

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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

The pattern is placed at a Level 1.5 on the In the Folds pattern skill scale, and 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.

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 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). 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.

Fabric requirements and finished garment measurements can be found here.

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

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“I’m a Sydney-based designer maker who has been sewing for as long as I can remember. At the very beginning of my sewing journey, I fell in love with the new-found ability to turn a two dimensional piece of cloth into a three dimensional object that fits the body with an array of tucks and seams. I have been exploring that principle in one way or another ever since.

My background is in fashion design – I hold a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles – from Sydney’s UTS, where I spent four years honing my skills in pattern making and construction. So involved in my studies, and the plan to start a career in the fashion industry, I had no idea that there was a flourishing online sewing community, until I accidentally stumbled upon it a couple of years after finishing university. I had moved to London and the move had made me really think about what I wanted to do long-term. Fashion no longer felt like the right fit for me as I had realised that a career in fashion would mean disconnecting myself from the hands-on side of making – the thing I loved the most. With a path that was a bit of a zig-zag (the best stories aren’t ever straight lines, right?), I decided to return to where it all started for me – the world of home sewing.”

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