I have done a small bit of sewing in the past month. One project was influenced by two style details that caught my attention in fashion magazines and online.
1. Tops with deep V shaped inserts of contrast fabrics or colors.
2. The color blocking of Roksanda.
I had a remnant of the lightweight wool lycra I used for my culottes project. Just enough for a simple short sleeve top. And a piece of aqua silk for a contrast V inset. I wanted a boxy semi fitted top that ended near the waist. Burda magazine has had several patterns for tops like this (without the V inert) but when I made muslins of them, they did not give me the look I wanted. While browsing Etsy for old sewing patterns, I found the perfect pattern. But I waffled before buying it, afraid that even with modern fabrics and colors it might look dated.
Yes, it call for shoulder pads. One of the things I have learned about my body in my fitting journey, is that my shoulders, though a bit narrow than norm, are very square. I have to make adjustments for this when using current patterns. But not on older patterns designed for shoulder pads. I just leave out the shoulder pads and I have a perfect fit. What makes me cringe is imagining what I must have looked like with shoulder pads on square shoulders back in the late 80's, early 90's. Eeeuuu!
Any way, I am happy with the resulting top. No changes to the pattern except to crop at high hip length. No shoulder pads and no zipper. It easily pulls over my head.