This top was made using a pattern by buttermlked (go have a look at her sewing, it’s super funky!) drafted from a RTW top she already had.  This is a super simple design, quick to make and perfect for a beginner.

The construction is really simple. I’ve added my measurements which should fit a size 6/8 aus however it would not be too hard to alter these by taking a few simple body measurements. Helpfully, the measurements don’t have to be exactly perfect as the lace up back makes it very easy to fit and alter once it’s already been sewn.

  1. Sew the tie pieces lengthways right sides together closing one end. Turn inside out and press.
  2. Sew the two body pieces together right sides inwards with the neck ties enclosed in the seam and leaving the bottom open. Turn inside out and press.
  3. Repeat for the back pieces making sure to include the tie loops in the seam between the lining and fabric.
  4. Sew the back pieces to the body.
  5. Fold and press the unfinished bottom edges inside the top 1cm and pin. Top stitch 0.5cm from the bottom of the top enclosing the unfinished edges inside.
  6. Thread the back tie through the loops in a criss cross fashion, press and its all done!

There are lots of ways to vary this pattern either by adding multiple ties at the back instead of loops, making the neck strap fixed instead of tie or closing over the back,  or adding a zipper or buttons to make it more bra friendly.

Again, it seems I’ve made more blue things.  I will have to focus my winter sewing wardrobe on adding some different colours!

Pattern – Self drafted by buttermlked

Fabric   – Both blue patterned cotton and white lining cotton from Spotlight