Happy Saturday! This past Monday, I wasn’t feeling too well, so I stayed home from work, but didn’t want to be in bed all day. I ended up in the basement and ended up self drafting this off-the-shoulder top. Mind you, there are a few little things I probably would have done a bit differently, but it is always fun making something based on your own measurements. This isn’t so much going to be a pattern review, because this one was self drafted, but I would like to go over the details in the same format. Here you go!
Inspiration: I found my inspiration in many things this summer, from magazines to pictures from online shops, but it was actually a picture from @walkinwonderland on IG that pushed me to draft my own. I had a baby blue fabric, that reminded me of what she was wearing in the picture, so I thought I would give it a go.
Sizing: This was self-drafted, so I based the pattern on my measurements.
Fabric: I used a baby blue cotton fabric. It was an easy fabric to deal with as far as the machine, but my goodness, it wrinkled so easily, and there were some creases that set in that were hard to get rid of. I think next time, I will go for a print, or I would just self-draft again for a knit.
Skill: Well, its never easy to self-draft. I would say that it requires basic knowledge of how patterns are made. So, intermediate level, although there are tutorials out there that seem easy enough, but they never give you good measurements. Putting together the top was easy, however. This top was boxy, and purposely so, because it was much easier to make (plus, I was working with a woven). I added a lot of ease because that was the look I was going for, but also needed some room to get my arms through, since I was working with a fabric that doesn’t stretch. Also, the arm-hole is always a pain, and I forgot to make it a bit deeper so that I could raise the shoulder ends into a normal top (I could do this but it was a little snug). I will be working on this pattern again and tweaking it until I perfect it. I already have a fabric print in mind I plan on designing.
Instructions: I just used my basic knowledge on how to make a pattern and I used common sense when putting it together.
Adjustments: I made no adjustments, although I wanted to add deeper arm holes, and make the length of the top longer. I did not have muslin, or I would say I probably would have done that first, for the testing phase.
Final Results: I am still quite happy over all. I wanted to make an off-the-shoulder top for the longest now, since March, because I was supposed to wear a white peasant top to represent Puerto Rico at a cultural event, and could not find anything. All of a sudden, it was the trend. Anyway, its always fun designing/drafting, partly because it is challenging.
Below are a few pics, and style tips at the end!
Style Tips: The summer isn’t over! There is still time to wear your off-the-shoulder top. I am sure a lot of you have one since it is the trend this summer. Personally, I like the top with skinny jeans, but I also love the look with a jean skirt or a nice pair of shorts (specifically, the high waisted shorts). If you would rather just buy a similar top, check out the links below (affiliate links). By-the-way, my shoes are from Coach and my jeans are from JCPenney (links below).