Simplicity 8341 – Perfect Pairing: Cold Shoulder Top and Wine Tasting


My Fashion Photographer and I are surrounded by wonderful vineyards.  We like to get out and try new ones and revisit our favorite ones whenever time permits. For our latest outing I chose to wear a recent top I made; Simplicity 8341.


This pattern did not catch my eye when it was first introduced. Then I started seeing some cute versions sewn up that made me want to give it a try. Before the internet, sewing was somewhat of a solitary hobby unless you had a friend who also sewed. I love being inspired by people from around the globe who share the same passion as me for sewing their own clothes.


The top came together well. The only thing I did differently than the directions was to inferface the button/buttonhole plackets. One thing to watch for is that there are a few seams that are sewn at 3/8″ and they don’t always stand out in the instructions. I had to pay closer attention than I normally do to figure out what seam width to sew. The fabric is a cotton voile from my stash. The weight of the fabric was perfect for this top.


The day after I cut out this top I had to go to the sewing machine dealer for an issue with my serger. I saw the wall of feet for my Bernina sewing machine and decided to purchase a rolled hem foot. I had used a rolled hem foot with my previous machine but had not purchased one for my Bernina until now. I’m glad I did because it made hemming the ruffles a breeze.


I like the buttoned up shirt look with the trendy cold shoulder. I’m glad I gave this pattern a try.



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12 thoughts on “Simplicity 8341 – Perfect Pairing: Cold Shoulder Top and Wine Tasting

  1. Love this top! Perfect fabric for the pattern with the right amount of body! I was in Sonoma for the first time last year and loved it. Hope to return soon. Hanzell Vineyards was my fave for the tasting and informative small tour. Do you have a favorite winery in Napa/Sonoma?

    • Thank you Claire. We don’t head out to Napa/Sonoma very often. We are surrounded by wonderful vineyards nearby in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I recommend you check them out on your next trip to California.

  2. Lucy, this is a lovely top! Like you I was not crazy about this pattern, but seeing more and more of these, I may have to try this one. I like the idea of the button front with this and the ruffle sleeves. I lived in Santa Rosa for about 2 years and loved going to the wineries for wine tasting. Always a pleasurable experience.

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