Taos Top

Hi friends! I recently had the pleasure of testing the new (and very first!) pattern from Leslie of Threadbear Garments. It’s called the Taos top and it was released this week.


Do you follow Leslie’s blog or her Instagram? She is such an inspiring maker. I think I first “met” Leslie when we were both testing the Parkside shorts/skirt for Sew Caroline a few years ago. We’ve tested a bunch of patterns together since then and I’ve gotten to know her a little bit through Instagram chats.

I actually had the pleasure of meeting Leslie in person over the Summer when she and Allie were on their way back from their epic trip to Norway to visit Fleurine. I loved talking sewing and patterns with the two of them and wish that I’d gotten to spend more than a couple of hours them.

When I found out that Leslie was getting into pattern making I was really excited. She has great style and is super knowledgeable about sewing. (She is also the queen of pattern hacking!) I jumped at the chance to volunteer to test her new pattern and it was a great experience.

It’s obvious that Leslie put a lot of time and effort into developing the Taos top pattern. The instructions are fantastic and the drafting is great. The pdf has layers for printing only the sizes you need. Even the way she arranged the pattern pieces in the print layout is perfect for printing one view at a time.

I’ve made zillions of things with neck/arm bands in my sewing career and I’ve never thought to use her method for the inside seam allowance– I love when I learn something new after all these years of sewing!

I make two versions of this top during testing. This is my second one, after a slight tweak was make to the front, upper princess seam area. The first is totally wearable but I didn’t get any good photos of it before it became -23 degrees here.

This is view A of the Taos top, which has a mock turtleneck and a curved hem. Both views feature princess seams, which are so great for colorblocking! View B has a cowl neck and a squared off, split hem.

I made a size 10 graded to a 14 at the hip on the front and a 16 at the hip on the back pieces. I do that a lot when I’m in between sizes at the hip area. I always need more room on the back piece and I’ve found that grading out more in the back reduces pooling of fabric I sometimes get in my low back. (My measurements are 37″ bust, 31.5″ waist, 43.75″ hips.)

This top is a great scrap buster! I used fabric scraps for both of the versions that I made. The gray fabric is a french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics that is leftover from a Halifax Hoodie that never made it to the blog. The blue is french terry left over from my Jarrah Sweater.

I love a pattern that gives me a chance to topstitch! I used the chainstitch on my coverstitch to topstitch the princess seams. I did the same thing on the neckband and armbands, and then used a wide coverstitch to finish the hem.

It’s been a great layering piece with a cardigan during our cold weather. I’m really looking forward to when the weather warms up and I can wear it on it’s own, though!

The pattern is 20% off during release week with the code TAOSRELEASE20. (I’m not sure when the code expires so buy it now if you’re interested!)



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