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Short top with statement sleeves

4.5/5

A trendy top that would be perfect also as a dress or jumpsuit bodice, and that can be informal if sewn in denim or very dressy if realized in silk faille, taffeta or heavy satin. We suggest structured fabrics for holding sleeve shape.

To draft the pattern, start from a basic block with darts and matching sleeve - we suggest adding at least 8cm ease at bust (I would add 10cm), 4 to 6cm at waist. All instruction on choosing wearing ease, drafting made to measure pattern and fitting it are included in module 1 of our basic blocks course.

Step 1

Trace front and back separate, then shorten both by 3 to 5cm to have a cropped top.

Widen neckline from high shoulder point by 2 to 4cm, blend to center front neckline but drop 0,5 to 1cm in center back for a smooth line.

Step 2

On front, split waist dart in 2 smaller darts: first dart remains in the original position but is half the original width, then 3 to 5cm on the side draw a second identical dart.

Draw a slash line from second dart apex to bust point.

Cut through waist darts middle lines, then close shoulder dart.

Step 3

Split the volume coming from shoulder dart between the two waist darts, trying to match volume.
To do so, you’ll need to open a bit also the short slash line from bust point to second dart.

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