The Avid Seamstress recently released the Drop Sleeve Top free for their newsletter subscribers. I was drawn to the style immediately. It feels like the slightly grown-up sister to my favourite Salme Kimono Tee pattern.
This pattern is drafted with very few pieces. It’s only a front, back, neck facing and sleeves which you insert flat – my favourite method! It’s a very quick sew. I made the black and the green top in an afternoon. I decided not to include the button at the top of the centre back as I was after two simple tops. I shortened the hem length by 1 inch. All versions are size 4.
This version has black silk sleeves, and the body is from a black poly crepe. The fabrics blend perfectly together. The instructions did not include interfacing on the neckband facing. I recommend interfacing to achieve a better finish.
The version above was made using the leftover rayon from my Highlands Wrap Dress.
I made a short sleeve version in linen as a test garment which I love. I can’t decide if I should add cuffs to this version or not.
Don’t you love it when a free pattern turns out to be perfect ?!
Update a year on. The green and linen top get a lot of wear. The neckline of the blacktop didn’t sit nicely so I refashioned the fabric into another garment. I’m more enamoured with the Maya top as I found this style to be a bit boxy.