A little top with lace shoulder yokes

I must have thought I was living somebody else's life when I ordered this fabric.  I have very little black in my wardrobe, and the print is a little conservative for my lifestyle.  Never-the-less, it is a lovely little top, and a style that I have been wanting to draft for a while now.

The design is basically a shell top, with contrast shoulder yokes.  The bust darts have been rotated to CF neckline pleats.  The front waist darts have been ignored.  The back waist darts are sewn in.  The back shoulder darts are incorporated into the yoke shaping.

I went for 3 inches of ease this time around, and that feels comfortable.

The main fabric is a silk from EmmaOneSock.  The shoulders are a black lace (hard to tell from the photos), leftover from a long ago garment.


  1. Oh it's very pretty with the black giving it an edge! I really like it and I like that the silk breaks the black between the shoulders and the jeans.

  2. Oh I was also going to say ... what great fit.

  3. Nice fit on that garment. I've enjoyed seeing your self-drafting projects. I also made my own bodice sloper several months ago (from the Suzy Furrer Craftsy class) and have been working on drafting tops from it. The 3" of ease looks just right. I appreciate those bits of information -- what you did with the darts, amount of ease, etc. I'd like to draft a top much like that as we head into summer in the northern hemisphere. Nice top!

  4. I like the contrast yokes and the front gathers, I think it gives a more relaxed look to the classic print. You're making some lovely tops from your own patterns, and they are all so different.

  5. I really like it. As someone else who is more about exubrant colour than sophisticated blacks, I can see why you felt it was someone else's! But it looks really really good anyway, and the fit, as others have noted, is fantastic. I hope you find you wear it a lot :-)
    I love all your posts/makes about self-drafted tops. I've come to the conclusion in the forseeable future I'm not going to draft my own stuff, so I can live vicariously through you!

  6. Funny I don't regard this print as conservative - suppose prints do become more vibrant travelling north. Love the look.