Elevate your style with the Montrose Top! This timeless pattern features two variations: View A is a scoop neck blouse with short sleeves and curved back yoke, while View B shows off lace fabrics with a jewel neck, elbow length sleeves, and keyhole back. And, there are standard or full bicep sleeve options for both. Whether you choose a delicate, embroidered tulle, or flirty floral voile, the Montrose Top is sure to be a hit!
SEWING LEVEL: Beginner
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H), and with two sleeve sizes (standard and full bicep). See Sizing Guide.
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Light- to mid-weight woven opaque or sheer fabrics with good drape, like silk, lawn, voile or lace.
NOTIONS: Universal needle, hand sewing needle (view B), thread, store-bought light weight bias tape (optional), hook & eye closure or small button (view B).
USE THE DROPDOWN MENU ABOVE TO ORDER EITHER A PRINTED PATTERN, WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR ADDRESS, OR A PDF PATTERN, WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED.
The PDF comes as files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
NOTE: There are separate files for each view and cup size so you only have to print what you need.
Instructions: 13 pages (6.8 MB)
Print at Home Pattern pieces: 48 pages (1.1 MB)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2 pages (0.9 MB)
I have made 2 versions of the Montrose top, one from some gorgeous Guipure lace, and another from a lovely embroidered mesh, both from Emmaonesock. It was my first Cashmerette pattern to sew, and my first muslin was too big (yay!) because I really didn't think a size 12 would fit me, and I sized up. But having the option of the different cup sizes really made a difference, putting the extra room I needed in the front for "the girls" but not through the back, shoulders and neckline, which is always where I have difficulty fitting with the "major" pattern companies. Since I discovered independent pattern companies, that actually draft for people with real bodies, I never buy from the big 5 anymore. I put in a centre back seam so I could contour for my waist a bit more, and add extra for where I carry extra weight, in my hips and booty. Otherwise I made a straight size 12, with the g/h cups, and it was lovely! I found the sew along very helpful as I had never sewn with these sorts of fabrics before. I think this pattern, with it's simple lines, is a great way to show off a beautiful bit of special fabric, and is an easy sew. They are going along with me on a cruise in January, along with black pants and a cami, for my dress up nights. Can't wait!
Though I've been sewing since I was a kid, I had all but given up on garment making for myself. Nothing ever fit. It always looked painfully homemade and I always felt horrible in it.
Then I came across the Montrose and it changed my whole outlook on me-made garments. With minimal alterations- IT FIT! On the first try! It came together quickly, with zero issues. The full bicep option was a game-changer. And here's the best part- I feel so cute in my new top! I LOVE everything about it! I will be making many, many more.
Lovely top made two to date wearing one now as I write, the first one I made in Cotton suggested size a little big and the dart is to high, but defiantly wearable that is the one I am wearing now, second one I made in Cotton Lawn and that is lovely I made a size smaller and lowered the dart ( thank you Jenny for the Craftsy Tutorial) . Just a lover top have the fabric for 3 more ready to go.
Followed instructions and ended with a beautiful end product. Will make a few more for the fall!
I've made 4 Montrose Tops in the last few weeks and all have fitted very well and so are comfortable. It has been such a relief to have a pattern that I can trust. I will be back for more Cashmerette patterns.