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.
View A includes a three-piece raglan sleeve designed with extra volume, which creates a fun and interesting shape. The neckline is finished with bias binding.
View B is sleeveless and the neckline and armholes are finished with an all-in-one facing for a really clean and professional finish.
Includes sizes A - J (bust sizes 76cm - 131cm).
Drafted for a B-cup bust, and a height of 170cm.
The Collins top is compatible with a range of different fabrics. Your choice of fabric will govern the silhouette you achieve.
Consider using light to mid-weight fabrics such as: linen, linen blends, cotton, gauze or chambray. For a softer silhouette, consider sateen, silk (crepe de chine or habotai) or viscose (rayon). Be careful if you are a beginner though, as these fabrics are a little trickier to sew. I'd suggest sticking to stable natural fabrics that are not too prone to fraying if you are a beginner.
Softer fabrics will drape over the bust (and create soft flowy sleeves), while stiffer fabrics will create a more voluminous and structured silhouette.
Due to the number of panels in the Collins top, it is a great pattern to use to experiment with colour blocking and stripe direction.