Monday, June 25, 2018

The Avid Seamstress Drop Sleeve Top



This is the Drop Sleeve Top, a pattern from The Avid Seamstress that's free if you sign up for their newsletter. It's a relaxed fit top with a drop sleeve that finishes at the elbow. It has a lovely round neckline and the back is finished with a simple button and loop with a facing.


I decided to make the Drop Sleeve Top for a couple reasons: I wanted to try this pattern company, just out of curiosity, and I wanted to test the pattern to see if it would be appropriate for a beginner sewing class I'm teaching (you can read a bit about the class here, this is a second cohort of women). For my class, I wanted a pattern that was relatively modest, in keeping with the women's style, and also simple to make for beginners.


I made this version without the slit and button fastening at the back neck after reading Emma's review. I figured for my beginner class, a pullover with no fastenings would be easier. I just removed the seam allowance on the back bodice and cut it on the fold.

I did end up interfacing and topstitching the neckline facing down, a personal preference. I found it a little bit strange that the pattern didn't mention interfacing at all (unless I missed it!).


I made my Drop Sleeve Top from some Free Spirit cotton voile I bought a while back at my mom's favorite discount fabric store in Auburn, MA. Everything in the shop is $2.99/yard, which is probably why it's her favorite. I know I put the flowers upside down, but I swear it was on purpose. I just liked how they looked that way. The fabric wrinkles like crazy, which is unfortunate, but I love the color and the price was right.


For my class, I think the pattern will work well. The instructions are clear for those who want to/can use them, and the top is simple enough that I can convey the construction methods orally for those whose English skills are not up to reading pattern instructions.


It's an easy fit and could easily be hacked into a dress, or have the sleeves lengthened. Lots of options! I like the top a lot and think it will be perfect for my students!

10 comments:

  1. Looks great on you Meg! Did you need to do any alterations on the pattern or just found your size on the instructions and sewed away? - Beth in AL

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Nope, no alterations for fit (just cutting the back piece on the fold, as I mentioned. I made UK size 18 and it seems true to size.

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  2. What a beautiful top! I love the fabric and cannot in anyway tell it’s upside down. Clearly I will have to plan a visit to this shop next time I’m in Massachusetts!

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    1. Thanks, Paulette! Definitely check that shop out if you're in the area!

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  3. Great fabric for this simple top! So often I only see these in linen so this is a welcome change.

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    1. Thanks!! It wrinkles like crazy, but otherwise is a nice fabric for this design.

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  4. So great looking. Thanks for the introduction to this pattern.

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  5. This looks like the perfect every day top!

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    1. It is! Looking forward to making another one!

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