MORE DETAILS – 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.

PRINTED PATTERN – You’ll receive a gorgeous printed package in the post containing full scale pattern sheets and a booklet to guide you through the steps.

SKILL LEVEL – The pattern is placed at a Level 1.5 on the In the Folds pattern skill scale, and was designed with beginners in mind. If you have mastered straight and curved seams, you’re ready to take on this pattern. Through careful drafting and interesting techniques, this pattern will give you that confidence boost you have been looking for.

By working through this pattern, you will gain confidence in: sewing straight seams, sewing curved seams, piecing panels together, achieving a beautiful finish, working with bias binding (view A only) and finishing a garment with an all-in-one facing (view B only).

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS – 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. You can download a free colouring-in template of the pattern if you would like to explore your options before cutting your fabric. Download the template here (the template is also included in digital download after purchase).

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS  – Fabric requirements and finished garment measurements can be found here.

NOTIONS – VIEW A

  • Coordinating thread
  • 1 x 10mm (⅜in) button
  • 1m (1.1 yard) x 32mm (1¼in) single-fold bias tape
  • Optional : 2.5m (2.75 yards) bias binding if you would like to also bind the hem

NOTIONS – VIEW B

  • Coordinating thread
  • 1 x 10mm (⅜in) button
  • Optional : 2.5m (2.75 yards) bias binding if you would like to bind the hem
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