Leopard Crop Top / Draping, Patterning

 

Draping and Pattern Making A Top

I’m working on a design for a leather top and thought I’d make a prototype in some of the leftover leopard denim from my skirt project. I like the high waisted skirt with crop top look , but wanted something more modest, since my fabric is already so wild. It was a perfect outfit to wear out to dinner and  drinks to celebrate a good friend on her birthday Saturday night.Draping and Pattern Making A Top

I didn’t want any darts, and the top has four panels that will be top stitched. It will look cool in leather, I think.detail2

Draping and Pattern Making A Top

Getting a top to be fitted without added darts requires dart manipulation during patterning.. First, I draped the bodice piece with a dart. Then I moved the dart width into the style line going across the bust. That reshaped the pattern piece to give contouring to my bust without having a clunky dart.Then I trued up the new pattern piece, and made a muslin, rechecking the fit. I taped the muslin to paper, drew in seam allowances, and cut out and sewed my new pattern and design.Draping and Pattern Making A Top

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-McKenzie

Comments

  1. says

    This is amazing!!!!!! The fabric is so fun and it fits you so perfectly. And that exposed zipper is super cool.

  2. says

    There’s nothing remotely cougar-esque about this outfit Justine! I absolutely love it and would love to rock it like you do!!

  3. says

    You are just amazing! You look SO good in this outfit and your pattern skills blow me away every time. Wish I could just sit in your house and soak up your knowledge for a month or two. 🙂