KZJO'Studio just released a new ladies top pattern that is perfect for fall - The Cosette Top. The pattern's interesting details and flattering shape set it apart in its class. My Cosette Top is quickly becoming a favorite in my wardrobe!
The Cosette Top is drafted in sizes 0-18 and is based off a C-cup. The overall fit is semi-fitted and there are two sleeve lengths included in the pattern, short and 3/4 length. The Cosette Top is perfect for busy mornings. With no zippers or closures, you can just pull it on and go. The lack of closures also makes it a fairly quick sew - Bonus!
The construction of the Cosette Top body is broken into front and back pieces and two side panels. The bias cut side panels allow for a flattering drape. The side panels also add a ton of visual interest. Using a pattern such as a stripe, check or plaid will really highlight this feature. I'm keeping my eyes open for the perfect plaid for my next Cosette. Plaid is so hot right now ;)
The recommended fabrics include light to mid-weight woven fabrics such as brushed cottons, flannel, cotton shirtings, chambray, voile, linen, rayon challis, satin, sequins and silk crepe de chine. I chose a very lightweight 100% rayon from JoAnn fabrics found here. The texture of the 100% rayon is incredibly soft with a wonderful drape and the colors are perfect for fall.
The instructions are written very clearly. I like how each part of the construction is broken apart into clearly labeled sections. There are two options for finishing the neckline: bias tape or facings. I chose to do the facing option. The instructions mention that topstitching the side panels is optional, but I felt it was necessary to keep the shape through washes.
The neckline is another unique feature. I love the slight "V" rectangle shape. It's a nice change from the usual crew, V-neck and scoop necklines.
I found the overall fit to be nice but slightly on the small side through the bust and shoulders even though I fit the measurements on the size chart. This may have been a user error or have something to do with my slippery fabric selection. I will definitely size up for my next Cosette Top.
Final thoughts - I truly love the details included in this pattern and it is incredibly comfortable while still being stylish. I will be making many more for my everyday "momiform".
Pick up your own copy of the Cosette Top today in the UpCraft Club Catalog! We would love to see what you do with the Cosette Top. Tag us on instagram @upcraftclub and @eastandeden with the hashtag #cosettetop