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 didn't jump to buy this at first because it looked too simple but after seeing some of the hacks on the internet (sleeves!) I went for it and am glad I did. I made a forward shoulder adjustment and lowered the dart but that's it - I appreciated having the full bicep sleeve already done as that's a standard adjustment for me. View A with the shirred back works particularly well with some of the cute rayon prints that are out there. It's nice to have a top meant for wovens without needing a zip or buttons to get on and off. As easy to make as a knit t-shirt, but also a good pattern to start sewing with more challenging fabrics, which is my next step.
I’ve made the Montrose twice now. Once in stretch silk georgette and once in a lightweight stable rayon knit. By the numbers, I should be a size 18 E cup. But I’m 5’4, I have narrow shoulders, and I wanted a less boxy/more fitted look. So I made the size 16 G cup, took an additional 1/2” off each shoulder width, dropped the dart by 1/2” and narrowed the sides by 1/4”. I originally made the full bicep sleeve but it was too big so I went back to the regular. I always have to modify sleeve heads (the back portion from the top of the sleeve to the underarm is hollow on me) so I took out a crescent sliver from the sleeve. Now the fit is perfect. I know this sounds like a lot of mods, but compared to a typical darted top pattern, it’s nothing. I love this top! On a petite but curvy frame, a precise fit and good proportions (neckline, shoulder width, top length) make all the difference between dowdy and flattering. This top nails it. It’s my new standard sloper, and I think I can use it to modify all the patterns I want to make that aren’t drafted for my size.
What more needs to be said- I picked my cup size, printed the full bicep sleeve, graded out to my hips and I now have a t-n-t pattern that I’ll use over and over again. So simple to fit because Jenny has done all the work for me!
I've made 3 Montrose tops now (plus a couple of test versions) and am really happy. It is one of those patterns that at first glance you think you don't need, but it has the capability to be a simple top or with the lace overlay something amazing. I needed to make a few adjustments to suit my shape but even straight out of the packet, I was very happy with the fit. The instructions are great. The pattern design just matches up. I received great support from the Cashmerette community with the adjustments (round back and lowering bust dart) and I'm looking forward to making many more. The rayon short sleeve in summer is smart and cool to wear. I made an 18 G/H.
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!