One of the main staples I wanted in my imaginary capsule wardrobe was a bunch of camisoles in neutrals colours. I thought I’d start with a black one!
I chose to draft one from scratch despite the multitude of patterns available. Mostly because I wanted to practice my rather dusty pattern drafting skills…
I wanted to make a top that would be long enough to get away with wearing just with leggings and could work tucked into jeans or skirts. I also wanted it to be a relatively loose fitting racer back style cut on the straight grain.
So with these points in mind, I set to work!
And I came up with this!
I loosely based it on an old RTW top to gauge width and length. I randomly added in a bust dart at the side. I knew it needed one so I just put one in where it looked “right”. Not the most accurate method I’ll admit… It worked though!
The top hem is finished with a facing. The straps I made from a rouleau loop – it’s the first time I used my loop turner which I bought 2 years ago… I’ll definitely be using that tool more frequently in future. It was so easy to use! I followed this tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons.
The sides of the camisole ended up being a lot lower than expected. I don’t know what I was thinking when I designed that bit! Luckily I had some nice black lace trim to hand so I placed a small section on each side to increase the height.