With summer just around the corner and the shop brimming with an array of wonderful cotton prints, now is the perfect time to run up a few super cool summer tops ready for the sunny days ahead!
Our top pattern picks:
Tiny Pocket Tank Pattern by Grainline Studio
The Tiny Pocket Tank is a great basic top for summer. It features a tiny pocket as well as bust darts and has a slightly relaxed fit. Perfect for wearing on its own or under a jacket for work, or with a summer cardigan for a classic everyday look.
The Scout Tee is a woven t-shirt with capped sleeves and a flattering scooped neckline. It is fitted at the shoulders and falls into a loose shape below the bust. From bold cotton prints to sheer cotton lace this shape is a classic and would look great made up in a wide range of fabrics and with no darts would really show off your favourite prints.
The Belcarra Blouse is a simple pull-over woven top with subtle waist shaping and raglan sleeves which are finished off neatly with a sleeve band. The pattern also has an option to add some exquisite pin tucks along the shoulders.
Why we love these patterns
- All are quick to sew with no fiddly fastenings and make versatile additions to your summer wardrobe.
- Due to their simple classic shapes they are perfect for showing off a range of fabrics including our beautiful summer prints.
- They are perfect for beginners to make as techniques involved include straight seams, attaching bias binding, and basic hemming.
- For more advanced sewers they provide a good basic template to unleash your creativity such as: pin tucking; colour blocking; or adding a yoke in a contrasting fabric.
- All can easily be adapted into tunic or dress length variations.
Our top fabric picks
Any of our beautiful cottons would work well. Annette used a cotton lawn from the gorgeous Regent Street range for the Belcarra shown above. Just in case this hasn’t inspired you enough we are also offering 10% discount on any one of our featured patterns when bought in store together with any of the cotton lawns from our Regent Street range between 25th April and 6th May 2016.
Regent Street Cotton Lawn from Moda
Our top sewing tips
To ensure you get a good fit choose your pattern size carefully and make sure you take your high bust and full bust measurements as well as your waist and hip measurements.
These patterns are multi-sized so you can easily grade between sizes if you need to.
Remember that most patterns are drafted for a B cup. If you are a bigger cup size than this, if you choose your pattern size based just on your full bust measurement you are likely to end up with a garment that doesn’t fit you around the neckline and armholes. You will get a better fitting garment by choosing a pattern size based on you high bust measurement and making a full bust adjustment on your paper pattern before cutting out.
If you have never done a full bust adjustment before then these summer tops are a good place to learn and master the technique. Why not join our summer top workshop (see details below) where Annette will guide you through the process.
Use the right tools for the job! Make sure you are using the correct size and type of needle for your fabric. You will need a needle size of 70/10 for lightweight and sheer fabrics and an 80/12 for medium weight cottons, synthetics and cotton mixes.
If you are sewing with a very fine cotton lawn or slippery silk / viscose fabric then you may wish to use a microtex needle and a straight stitch foot both of which can help prevent skipped stitches and puckering on very fine fabrics.