Loose Summer Top Sewing Tutorial

Loose summer top
Loose summer top

Loose Summer Top Sewing Tutorial

I love, love loose summer tops. Have made a few already. They’re great for hell hot days. Also for belly bloat days. And for slipping over a gym top and leggings en route to yoga.

Loose summer top
Loose summer top

 

Check out these previous FREE sewing patterns and sewing tutorials for loose summer tops –

This particular summer top is the loosest one I’ve made to date. I used a sort of net fabric for the back and some old white sheeting for the front. You can see the hem of the sheet in the photos. I LOVED it. Sadly the net fabric wasn’t up to a wash in our domestic washing machine and it went all weird. No idea why. The threads pulled loose and it got horribly tangled. Sigh! It was soo cool and comfy and I never got to wear it. But here’s how I made it.

You need: –

  • fabric
  • matching colour thread
  • sewing scissors
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • paper, marker pen, long ruler and paper scissors to make pattern

You do: –

I made a pattern by loosely drawing around a regular T-Shirt. If you’re a similar size to me, you can use my pattern. It’s a loose top so should fit a size or two either way.

Loose summer top sewing pattern
Loose summer top sewing pattern

A great way to use up leftover fabric is to cut the front and back from different pieces of fabric as I did here. A few things to bear in mind. Will one piece shrink and not the other? Will the colour run? Both pieces of fabric need to be of similar weight or the top won’t fit nicely.

Cut your two pieces for your top.

Cut your top
Cut your top

Sew the back and front together.

Sew sides and shoulders
Sew sides and shoulders

Snip the curved seams so they fall open nice and flat.

Snip curved seams
Snip curved seams

Measure down approximately 10 centimetres in the centre front. Cut straight and fold back the sides to make a V neck.

Cut V neck
Cut V neck

Hem the neck, the arms and at the bottom.

Hem all around
Hem all around

Press or iron your top and you’re done.

I hope this blog inspires to DIY and not automatically buy. None of the items I make are advanced or particularly difficult to make.

See you here next week.

Greenie.

 

 

 

 

By Greenie

My name is Karen. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. This blog is about how to make your own, how to recycle, restyle and up-cycle.

2 comments

  1. Hello, I really need help sizing up your patterns, I do not know how to start making things for a uk size 16, but love your tops

    1. Hi Ana

      So pleased you like the tops.

      Unfortunately I’m not very good at technical aspects of sewing and pattern making.

      The best advice I can offer it to use an existing top that fits – and trace around it on a large piece of paper. That will get the overall sizing right. Then take a look at the shape of my patterns and incorporate them.
      The biggest thing to remember is less is more. You can always cut away more but if you cut too much, but you can’t add back. I often have to recut my necklines as I underdo it.

      You can also pin your top together and slip it on (don’t poke yourself with pins) to see how it fits.
      Luckily these tops are loose so they are quite forgiving.

      Hope that helps.

      Greenie.

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