The Sunny Swing Tee Sewing Tutorial + Free Pattern

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I am so thrilled with how this top turned out. The A-line shape is so flattering, and I’l take a stripe and floral combo any day. I am even more excited to share my original pattern with you!! The pattern is available as a free download, but it is currently only in a size small.

Most programs will automatically shrink or scale a PDF to print within your printer’s printable regions. It’s IMPORTANT that you set the scale option to 100%. If your printer does remove a small border when scaled to 100%, it’s easy to fill in the few missing gaps with a pen or pencil.

This tee is SO incredibly easy to make. Here’s how I made it:

First, you will need fabric.

The amount of fabric you need for the front center panel depends on the direction the pattern runs on your fabric; it will need to be at least 26″ long. I bought 3/4 of a yard for the length. The fabric I used is Meadow Vale Dark by Leah Duncan.

For the Rest of the top, pick a knit fabric that you like. I used a white and navy ponte de roma knit from Girl Charlee.  (It is currently sold out, but you can easily find this stripe pattern elsewhere). You will need about 1 1/2 yards.

Step 1: Cut out your fabric!

Step 2: I used a 1/2″ seam allowance, ball point needle and zig zag stitch. Sew the front bodice together with the front center panel and two front side panel pieces. Right sides together.

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Trim and iron your seams. When you’re finished it should look like this:

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Step 3: Sew the front and back bodice pieces together at the shoulder seams. Right sides together. Trim and iron seams.

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Step 4: Insert sleeves. Note the corners pictured below indicated by the yellow pins. This is where you will want to pin your sleeves at each end.

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But first, we need to hem our sleeves.

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Now pin your sleeve into place, make sure the center and outside edges are aligned first. It will look like this:

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Sew. Once you are finished, it should look like this:

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Step 5: Sew up the side seams. You’re going to sew from the bottom of the shirt to the underarm of the sleeve in one continuous seam.

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Iron out your seams.

Step 6: Finish the neckline. First, fold your neckline facing in half and iron. Then pin the two ends together and sew.

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Then pin your facing to the neckline, right sides together. Sew. Trim and iron. When you’re done, it will look like this:

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Step 7: Hem the bottom of your shirt. You’re done!! I would love to see your Sunny Swing Tees!!

Please share using: #sunnyswingtee

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The Sunny Swing Tee has been featured by Lindsey McLaughlin. Make sure to check out her awesome blog!

49 thoughts on “The Sunny Swing Tee Sewing Tutorial + Free Pattern

  1. I can’t believe that so much talent can come from one family ! I have 3 seeing machines and don’t know how to use one. Id totally make this of I could.


    1. Of course you can. Keep it very slow. Follow these directions and you can make your own top. Be sure you are usung the right size pattern.


  2. Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial. It was clear and easy to follow. I am committed to sewing all my clothes this year and your sunny swing t was my first pattern and a success!


  3. I was thinking about inserting a hidden zipper along the seam where the panel meets the sides to make this a ‘nursing’ shirt. I’ve never tried sewing a zipper into a knit. Is it hard?


      1. I had the same thought, only using plastic KamSnaps, but not for nursing. I need it to open for radiation therapy to kill the breast cancer cells that may be lingering. They normally don’t allow you to be covered on top at all, but I intend to preserve as much modesty as I can! I just hope I can enlarge your wonderful pattern because it will involve standing, and I’m in a wheelchair for two more months after breaking my leg! I love this pattern, and I thank you gratefully for giving it away! We women do sometimes need to get help from others when real life gets ugly! Thanks, from another Bernina owner of 30 years.


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  5. I noticed over the two years since the pattern was released, several comments are made for the larger sizes being added. Any plans to add them in the new year? I am just starting to learn grading, to get it from a size 2-4 to a busty 18-20 or XL/XXL, I am just trying to figure out.
    Adding measurements to the tutorial would be really helpful.
    Thanks for the share.


    1. Hi Pamela! As of right now I do not have immediate plans to grade this pattern. I’m not very familiar with grading at the moment but it’s definitely something I want to learn more about! I apologize that I won’t have this available in the near future! Thanks for reaching out!


  6. Wow, very lovely. My dream is to know how to sew beautiful clothes like this. You’re good.great work. I wish i can sew like this.


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