Top 10 cami tops to sew for summer
With the warmer weather in full swing we don’t know about you but sewing a simple cami top sewing pattern is about all we can muster before we need a ice cream. Cami tops are fantastic wardrobe staples and work really well for layering with some of your other handmade wardrobe. We’ve rounded up our favourite cami top sewing patterns to bring you the best of the bunch so there is no need to get hot and bothered searching for the patterns we’ve got this nailed!
Format: PDF & Paper| Sizes: 0 UK / 00 US to 18 UK / 14 US
The Ogden cami…well we really had to start with this pattern, a firm favourite in the sewing community and one of the most reviewed patterns on our site! The cami sewing pattern features a soft V neck at both center front and center back necklines, and delicate spaghetti straps. The finish of this pattern is really special, the neckline and armholes are finished with a partial lining. If you’re pondering fabrics for this pattern something with drape is really going to bring it into it’s own.
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Format: PDF | Sizes: 6 UK / 2 US to 24 UK / 20 US
Who doesn’t love a free sewing pattern!! The hello sailor top is the free pattern you get when joining the Fold Line and perfect for the warmer weather. The pattern features armhole darts making it fitted around the bust and flows over your hip and tummy area. The top is finished with bias binding on the armholes and also has a keyhole detail on the back with ties. This works well in lots of fabrics, a cotton is great for hotter days and if you wanted to dress this up for the evening why not use something with drape. It’s simple make and great sewing pattern for stash busting!
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Format: PDF | Sizes: 6 UK / 2 US to 20 UK / 16 US
This classic cami from Pauline Alice is another free sewing pattern – hurrah! The pattern features bust darts, a gently curved neckline and straight back and finished with bias binding around the neckline and straps . This would be fantastic basic top but also work well lengthened to a nightie or even as a slip to wear under your handmade dresses. In terms of fabrics something with some drape would work best like a crepe or viscose, but if you’ve got nightwear in mind a cotton would work well too.
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Format: PDF | Sizes: 8 UK / 4 US to 18 UK / 14 US
The silk cami top from Sew Over It is another really popular pattern, just check out some of the reviews below. The cami pattern is a simple construction with no bust darts an a facing on the neckline to give this a sleek finish. This pattern is great if you want to cover your bra straps and can really be dressed up or down. It’s likely to become a handmade favourite and is best suited to fabrics with drape.
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Format: PDF & PAPER | Sizes: 0 UK / 00 US to 18 UK / 14 US
The Willow tank is a really great beginner sewing pattern and of all the cami patterns this one has the most coverage. Grainline studio is well known for it’s well cut, simple silhouettes, the A-line shape of the Willow tank makes it easy to fit on the body. The great thing about this pattern is once you’ve nailed the fit you can then whip up one as a dress. This shape works well in lots of fabrics from a mid weight cotton to a linen or crepe.
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Format: PDF | Sizes: 4 UK / 1 US to 24 UK / 20 US
The Gretta top from Seamwork is probably the pattern with the most bang for your buck in terms of variations. You can mix and match them to come up with your perfect cami sewing pattern! The pattern features adjustable tie straps on the shoulder and you can either make it with a button down option at the front, a plain fronted and an option patch pocket to add into the mix. We love the versatility of this pattern and for anyone who’s breastfeeding this would be a great option for nursing top in the hot weather. Fabric wise the world is your oyster for this pattern!
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Republique du Chiffon are bringing us some French chic with the Camille pattern! The pattern features a simple cami shape that is cut straight across the bust and back and features a dramatic ruffle and elasticated top. We love the proportions of this top, the extended ruffle almost comes down to the waist so anyone with larger boobs and fears the ruffle this might work well for you. It would look great tucked into a fair of shorts for kicking around on the beach or with a pencil skirt for an evening out. A really light weight cotton would be great for this but could also look super chic in a silk or crepe.
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Format: PDF | Sizes: 4 UK / 1 US to 18 UK / 14 US
The Jily top from Ready for Sew is perfect for those after a fun afternoon project. The pattern features a gentle V-neckline, darts at the bust and a seam around the waist. There is an optional feature tie a the centre front of the top and if you wanted something simpler you could well leave this out. We’re big fans of the shape of this top, loose but not too loose, wide straps for bra coverage and the neckline is really elegant. Great in most types of fabrics it’s a winner from us!
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Format: PDF | Sizes: 4 UK / 1 US to 26 UK / 22 US
The crystal cove cami is one of the only patterns that comes with different cup sizes making the fitting process a lot easier for everyone. The pattern features spaghetti straps, darts at the bust and beautiful overlapping feature at the back with a curved hem. This curved hem gives the top a relaxed fit and perfect for swishing around in this summer.
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Format: PDF | Sizes: 16 UK / 12 US to 32 UK / 28 US
Out of all the cami patterns this one for us is is really clever in terms of fit. The pattern comes with three cup size options, there are two versions of the cami. The first is a more relaxed fit with a band around the bottom to add shaping. The second one features princess seams at the back, this is fantastic because you can get a loose feeling top without you feeling like you are wearing a tent. This princess seams will add shape and you can get it as close fitting as you like.