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.
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.