Cold Shoulder Top

Cold shoulder tops are definitely in the fashion fad category, so I thought that if I was going to make one, I had better get on with it.  In my Spring pattern picks, I  chose Marfy 3086.  I love Marfy patterns, but they are just too expensive to get sent to Australia.  Instead, I drafted myself a copy of the pattern.

I used the following parameters to make my draft from my sloper
- eliminated waist darts
- rotated bust, armhole, and shoulder darts to front neckline
- lowered neckline by 1 cm at front
- lowered neckline quite a bit at back.
- 10 cm ease through bust and hips and a little more in the waist
- shoulder 4.5 cm
- I haven't got my sleeve sloper quite right yet, but I used what I had and added the 10 cm ease to match the bodice and then an additional 6 cm ease.  I was surprised that I needed this much ease, but I had less in my muslin and the sleeves kept getting caught up whenever I tried to lift my arms.
- sleeves elbow length
- bodice length to hit high hip, which is longer than the Marfy top but more suited to me
- eliminated darts in the back.  The photo looks like there is more shaping than there is, which I think is just from the breeze blowing.

My fabric is a lovely seersucker from Tessuti.  (It is still available in other colourways)  Seersucker is perfect for hot weather, because it doesn't stick to your skin, and is great for boxy shapes like this top because it has little drape. The blue tabs are cut out of linen.  The buttons are from stash.

Anyway, it was a nice quick sew on my public holiday, which was much appreciated after my sewing bee effort last week.  I will post my sewing bee photos soon, but am having internet issues, and can only upload small photos at present, which is not great for showing detail.


  1. You should be smiling - lovely top. I'm thinking of putting cold shoulder sleeves on a sleeveless dress from Burda magazine. Is it just sleeves, minus the sleeve head?

    1. Hi Gail, I cut mine off about halfway up the sleeve head, so it still has some of the front and back sleeve attached to the armscyes.

  2. I love your version of a cold shoulder top. I appreciate you describing your drafting steps. You have great drafting skills.