Thursday, September 10, 2015

Epaulette Top--Self-Drafted!

Friends I am just pleased as punch with my latest top!

I've been searching for a pattern for the top in my head: loose-fitting, long enough, epaulettes, button tab sleeves...I finally decided to just draft it myself!

This is the second time I've self-drafted, and it came out WAY better than the first time. I feel like the details attempted (and achieved) are a real testament to how far my skills and confidence as a sewist have come.  The epaulette shoulders (double layered) WITH tucks on front and back,

the self-fabric bias tape neckline,

the set-in sleeves with button tabs...

all are things I'm very proud to know I designed, drafted, and pulled off by my very own self.

Having absolutely no knowledge of pattern drafting, I just measured my own body and then free-handed to pattern pieces I knew I'd need, then made a muslin, altered, and took the plunge with this delish cotton voile from my shop. It was very guess-and-check but lots of fun...kind of felt like what I want to do when I grow up! :)

Friends, do you have a perfect garment in your head that you just can't find? Tell me all about it!


  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!! You are very talented Missy!

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!! You are very talented Missy!

  3. Beautiful work, my Dear! So proud of you! I always look for tops that are loose enough, but flattering at the same time; long enough (always tough with my tall frame) and with sleeves that cover my upper arms without looking tight or old-lady-ish! I think the top you designed is perfect!

  4. PS - Your photographer deserves compliments as well - Nice job!!