October 18, 2021

Sew an Easy Breezy Roseclair Top Variation!


The Roseclair Dress is a fabulously floaty woven wrap dress designed for curves in sizes 0-32 and cup sizes C-H, and today we’re showing you how to turn it into a Roseclair Top!

If you have big boobs, you know how hard it can be to find a woven wrap dress that fits a full bust. Well, the same goes for a woven wrap top! Thankfully it’s beyond easy to turn the Roseclair Dress into a Roseclair Top, and it takes a whole lot less fabric, too.

We’re going to get into all the details about this variation and answer all of your questions about fabric requirements and cutting layouts, but first, let’s marvel at these gorgeous Roseclair Tops from Cashmerette friends and team members!

Australia-based sewist and fabric shop owner Vanessa used a gorgeous rust-colored linen to create her Roseclair Top. She used our 0-16 size range.

As part of her “wrapstravaganza” adventure, Meg made a Roseclair Top in a cotton lawn. (And then promptly made Roseclair Dress!) She used our 12-32 size range.

Syreeta made her Roseclair Top in a lovely animal-print viscose using the 0-16 size range. Syreeta was one of our pattern testers for this pattern, and her wardrobe is gradually filling up with Roseclairs!

What’s better than one Roseclair Top? Several Roseclair Tops! Maria made multiple Roseclairs using our 12-32 size range.

Anna‘s not usually a wrap top fan, but the Roseclair had her re-thinking that! She made her adorable version using the 0-16 size range.

Ayelet made her top as part of our Roseclair team makes. (She was VERY pregnant at the time.) She used the 12-32 size range.

T is our beloved graphic designer! She also used the 12-32 size range for her Roseclair Top.

Alright, now that we’re fully loaded up on inspiration, let’s go over how to make this variation.

How to Sew a Roseclair Top

The View A of the Roseclair Dress includes a tiered skirt, so all you have to do to make a Roseclair Top is use the top tier and chuck the middle and bottom tiers! (Did we mention it was super easy?) From there, you may decide to lengthen (or shorten the top tier) to your liking—several of the sewists above added 2-3″ at the bottom edge of the top tier.

To sew up your Roseclair Top, follow the instructions for View A but with only the top tier. You can follow our free photo sewalong here!

How Much Fabric Will I Need for the Roseclair Top?

Below are the fabric requirements when making the top variation. It obviously requires a lot less fabric than the full dress, which means that this variation is also great to make as a wearable muslin so that you can easily check the bodice fit without needing a ton of yardage.

Roseclair Top Fabric Requirements – Sizes 0-16

Roseclair Top Fabric Requirements — Sizes 12-32

Making a Roseclair Dress? Check out the Roseclair page for the full fabric requirements.

Cutting Layouts for the Roseclair Top

Here’s how to cut our your pattern pieces from your fabric. We recommend cutting the pieces out with the fabric flat (rather than on the fold) in order to get the most out of your fabric:

44″/115 cm, Sizes 0-16

55″/140 cm, Sizes 0-16

44″/115 cm, Sizes 12-32

55″/140 cm, Sizes 12-32

We can’t wait to see your beautiful Roseclair Tops! If you share your makes on social media, be sure to tag your post using the hashtags #RoseclairDress and #RoseclairTop so that we can shower you with compliments!

3 thoughts on “Sew an Easy Breezy Roseclair Top Variation!

  1. etarnove says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’m more of a top and slacks kinda gal so this is perfect for me. (It’s also helpful for those who want to make a top as a muslin to have accurate yardage requirements).

  2. Mary L. says:

    I just purchased the Roseclair dress pattern yesterday, so this tutorial is perfect! Thank you for including yardage for the top, much appreciated.

  3. robbie says:

    Is is possible to change side darts to side arm or shoulder princess darts on this pattern?

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