Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website – Embrace the trend this season and wear the fashionable “Cold Shoulder Top” with its cut out shoulders this top is designed to hug the body and looks great with your jeans. Make it with a long or short sleeve.
I made the long sleeved version.
Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10.
Available as a PDF? Yes, via their Etsy shop.
Fabric Used: Sold out, sorry, Textured Soft Lightweight Jersey in Olive from Gorgeous Fabrics. You can see similar jerseys Here.
Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2030, Juki MO645DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto (whom, I fear, may be on her last legs…), shoulder stand, pressing ham.
Needle/Notions Used: Jersey 70/10 needles, a couple of scraps of fusible interfacing, thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were fine. I didn’t use them other than to take a glance at the illustration. This pattern is really well drafted and goes together without a hitch.
Construction Notes: I measured the flat pattern, and based on that I did a slight FBA. In the instructions, they tell you to “neaten up” the neckline and shoulder edges. That term is (at least here in Boston) open to interpretation, so I interpreted it as “finish with a facing.” I cut strips of fabric the length needed by 1 1/4 inches. I serged them to the exposed edges of the neckline and the shoulder, then turned, pressed, and topstitched with a 1.0mm wide by 3mm long zigzag. I trimmed the facings close to the topstitching.
I serged the raw edges of the sleeve and garment hems, then I used the same 1.0mm X 3mm zigzag stitch.
Likes/Dislikes: This is a very quick, easy pattern that goes together beautifully. That’s a real plus in a trendy top like this. I really like the sleek lines of this top. I made a more peasant style cold shoulder top earlier this summer and it looked terrible on me. This is much closer to the body, and more my style. I like the fact that this top is bra friendly. It’s a fun top to wear under a blazer or jacket (a must in Boston now that we’re heading into fall), and I like that when you take your jacket off, surprise! I could see this in a glitzy fabric for holiday time. There was nothing that I disliked.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I would definitely recommend it. I may do it again: if I do I would try it in a more beefy knit, perhaps a rayon doubleknit with a lot of stretch and recovery for a more body conscious look. This is a good take on a current trend that I think is age appropriate for someone like me. Here are pictures on Shelley. I took the mannequin arm from my full-body dress form so you can see the sleeves – well, the right sleeve, anyway – better.
Next up, I really am going to make that silk blouse. I just wanted something easy, and this fit the bill.