60s Inspired Top

By Sew Different

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SIZESfrom 12 UK / 8 US to 12 UK / 8 US
FORMATPDF / Paper
DIFFICULTYAdvanced Beginner
BODY SHAPEAll body shapes / Apple / Athletic / Hourglass / Pear / Strawberry
PATTERN TYPEFREE / Top
SEWING TIMEHalf a day
FABRIC TYPECottons / Chambray / Flannel / Crepe / Georgette / Jersey / Knits / Rayon / Viscose / Challis / Silk / Wools / Suiting

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Yum yum yum – just look at this beautiful fabric. Soooo 1960s I thought. I saw it at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate and couldn’t resist it. And I was then inspired to create the pattern for the 60s Inspired top   

This neat retro top hangs beautifully and has a built in back panel so you don’t have to wear a cami underneath. It would be super comfortable if you used a tshirting fabric here and would give the whole garment a bit of strech and give. It is a little more fitted than the (very popular) 2 hour top with darts at the bust and a slimmer fit all over.

There are also turn ups on the sleeves which you can do in a complementary colour as I have. I used a heavy weight black satin and the same for the inside back panel. It would look great to do the top in a plain and then contrasting sleeve turn-ups and back panel – navy and hot pink or white and red.

It would also work really well in a tartan. Or you could try combining your fabrics – maybe a knitted outer fabric and a silky inner fabric. Or, for the winter, a wooly outer layer (a bit like a cardi in reverse!), teamed with something softer inside.

Click the link above to download your free PDF pattern. You can print it out on pieces of  paper  like tiles and stick it together to make a full size pattern. The first one is set up for A4 paper and the second one is set up for American Letter size.

This pattern takes 1.25 metres of fabric (standard 150cm / 60inch width).

All my free sewing patterns are made to fit a UK size 12, but can be easily adjusted at key points to go larger or smaller. Have a look at the Making a pattern fit page for how to do it. There are also measurements on this pattern so it is easy to draw out yourself on wrapping paper or wallpaper lining if you don’t have a printer – or actually, sometimes its easier if you want to make adjustments.

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