Today I'm reviewing the Camilla Cowl Neck Top and Dress by 5 out of 4 Patterns, which I pattern tested last week. The Camilla Top has a draped cowl neckline, which is super flattering! I am small busted and have narrow shoulders, so I'm always looking for details at the bust area to bring the attention near my face.
This pattern works great as a nursing shirt - no mods needed. Don't let the fancy neckline deceive you - this is a really easy pattern to whip up! The way the tutorial has you finish off the neck and shoulders means that the front neck will not flip up - it's going to stay right in place.
I'm really happy to have an easy pattern for flowy, drapey fabrics. Some of the fabric I used for this test had been in my fabric stash for 4 years!
My measurements put me in an XS for the bust, but the XXS ended up fitting me better. This may have to do with my petite figure and small bust. I took 1/2" out of center front and 2" for length at the waist. (This is an adjustment I have to make to all of my patterns.)
This shirt length tee is made from Telio bamboo jersey from Fabric.com. I've really been enjoying ordering from smaller shops, but they don't always have what I want. I was very pleased with the quality of this bamboo jersey and it was only $11/yd! Bamboo jersey, like rayon jersey, drapes well but is more comfortable in hot weather, so it's a must for hot summers. This jersey doesn't have as much stretch as the pattern calls for, however, so be aware of that. The shoulders were a tad bit snug so I'll need to bring the armscye out next time I make this top.
The Camilla Top is on sale for $7.95 through Sunday!