We are always on the lookout for versatile, everyday garments that can become wardrobe staples. Classic but not boring, stylish but not trendy. The Sew Liberated Matcha Top is an easy-to-wear easy-to-sew piece that checks all those boxes. An inspirational journey through Instagram using the hashtag #matchatop helped us to decide which fabric to use, and we love the way this top turned out!
The Matcha Top is a flowy, casual top that can be made with or without sleeves. It features a mandarin collar, a v-neck that highlights your collar bone, and faux epaulets on the shoulders. It is loose enough to not require bust darts; the gathering around both the front and the back neckline to add more ease. The construction methods on this top are straightforward, and Bonnie declared the design easy enough for “confident beginners.” The most challenging part of this pattern is creating the gathers. It can be tricky to make sure they’re even on either side of the collar, plus the center back. It takes some trial and error to get it just right, and to match it up with the collar piece!
Sizing & Fabric Choice
When deciding which size to make, Bonnie recommends going by your shoulder measurements since this the only fitted part of the garment. She made her Matcha Top in a size 8, which fits her great; the rest of the top swings around her waist, just like it’s supposed to! The Verona voile, which is a cotton/rayon blend, is light and airy, with just a bit more drape than a 100% cotton, making it perfect for this pattern.
Why We Love It
The details of this top are what take it from plain to pretty. The faux epaulets on the shoulders are a great design feature, and are easy to add. Plus, Bonnie sewed the shoulder seams wrong sides together since the epaulet covers the seam allowance. Between that and the French seams on the rest of the garment, the inside is as polished and professional looking as the outside! The center front seam is also a nice detail, and makes construction of the open V much easier than having to do a placket.