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).
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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)
Easy pattern to cut and sew, with a very good end result. Worth trying different options and materials. Perfect for hacking as well.
I’m very happy with my Montrose top pattern! I first made it up in muslin with the smallest bust size and liked the fit. I usually have a problem with plus sized patterns being way too large in the bust and armhole. The shoulder seam came a little off the shoulder, so in my next version I brought it in 1/2 inch and this improved the fit. So far I have made two tunics and will probably make more, changing up the neckline and sleeves just for the fun of it!
I will be traveling from my home in Alaska to Georgia for a family wedding in August and I have set myself an ambitious list of things to sew for the trip so I don’t die of heat stroke. I haven’t sewed wovens in a very long time and the first couple of tops I tried did not work out well. I was getting discouraged and starting to dread the trip and the sewing.
I saw this pattern and decided to give it a try as I had very good success with a dress I made from one of your patterns for my granddaughter. I am so pleased with the result! Even though I started with a 26 C/D and graded out to a total of 4” wider than the 28 in the hip, it worked out perfectly.
The quality of the pattern drafting really shows and I appreciate the extra details that so many indie pattern designers don’t bother with - particularly the cutting layout, notches, and sleeve that is slightly different between the front and back for a better fit.
When working with a woven, those details make all the difference. I now have a pattern that fits me and I can start sewing my way through the fabrics I am excited about, Thank you!
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.