I think I’m in love with a pattern company! To anyone who’s ever drooled over the sewing patterns offered by Paris based Deer and Doe this will come as no surprise. With always at least one pattern out of stock due to constant demand, the Datura sleeveless top is one of the newer patterns released this year and cones with collar or cut out options.
This pattern is rated as an advanced level, and while it is relatively simple overall to put together, the reason for this becomes clear when you examine the shoulders more closely. Using a very effective tailoring technique, the shoulders are entirely enclosed in an ingenious way which completely confused me the first time! All I will say is that it is very important to read the instructions super carefully, and if all fails, follow this brilliant link with lots of images. Let me know below if this doesn’t help and I will try to put together an English language version…!
The rest of the construction is plain sailing thanks to Eleonore’s fantastic instructions, leaving you with plenty of space for your imagination to go wild! I chose not to add the bias binding across the neckline and added light interfacing to the front yoke to ensure it stayed upright because of this. Another thing to bear in mind is that the Datura is a loose fitting top, so don’t be afraid to cut a smaller size around the hips and waist if you’d like it to be more fitted!
I chose a beautiful cotton duck printed with curious foxes for the bottom half of the top, and a very light cotton sheeting for the top portion. The duck holds shape extremely well, but is light enough to wear in this hot and humid climate and feels soft and comfortable next to the skin. I used small wooden buttons to close the back of the top, but the top is large enough for me to pull it on and off without wrestling with them behind my back!
Overall, I am really pleased with my new top and am already plotting my next version…