The Collins Top is part of my Make Nine list for the year so it was a bit of serendipity that Emily offered to send me the pattern. The printed pattern is really beautiful and very well designed. It comes in a large color printed envelope with an instruction booklet and a folded printed pattern. The paper for the printed paper is a nice light weight, much sturdier than tissue paper but not too thick. As always, the instructions are very clear with excellent illustrations. There is also a sewalong on the In The Folds blog with more tips and photos. Make sure to check it out too. I followed the sizing advice provided in the pattern and use my high bust measurement to select my size. My high bust is a size E and my bust is a size F. In fact, I made no size changes at all.
I am so excited to be here telling you all that my new pattern is here! The Collins top is It is A-line in shape, perfect for hot summer days. It features a round neck, panel lines, a high-low hem and a centre-back opening, with a button and loop closure. Due to its length, the Collins Top is the perfect top to pair with skirts or trousers that sit on or above the natural waist. As always, this pattern is available in 10 sizes, from bust 76cm 30in - cm What I am most excited about when it comes to the Collins Top is that I designed this pattern specifically for beginners.
Real talk — the top you are about to see I sewed in late December as my first piece post surgery. And I have been wearing this so dang much that this is the first weekend it has been clean and ironed so I could snag photos. The Collins is a loose-fitting trapeze-shaped top with a round neck, panel lines, a high-low hem and a centre-back opening, with a button and loop closure. View A features raglan sleeves but given the heat and my general aversion to sleeves I went with View B — sleeveless all the way. The colour is even lovelier in real life if that is possible and it holds shape well and softened nicely after two pre-washes. And as per last time, the opacity tests results are….. Luckily it was good to go and it has been such a lovely and cool top to wear this summer. Construction wise, I loved this! The instructions are one of the clearest I have used and it was like putting together a fun jigsaw. There are no side seams with the different panels wrapping all around your body.
The Collins top is a loose-fitting trapeze-shaped top designed for woven fabrics. It is A-line in shape, perfect for hot summer days. It features a round neck, panel lines, a high-low hem and a centre-back opening, with a button and loop closure. Due to its length, the Collins top is the perfect top to pair with skirts or trousers that sit on or above the natural waist. The Collins top is compatible with a range of different fabrics. Your choice of fabric will dictate the silhouette you achieve.