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.
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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.
Trim and iron your seams. When you’re finished it should look like this:
Step 3: Sew the front and back bodice pieces together at the shoulder seams. Right sides together. Trim and iron seams.
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.
But first, we need to hem our sleeves.
Now pin your sleeve into place, make sure the center and outside edges are aligned first. It will look like this:
Sew. Once you are finished, it should look like this:
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.
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.
Then pin your facing to the neckline, right sides together. Sew. Trim and iron. When you’re done, it will look like this:
Step 7: Hem the bottom of your shirt. You’re done!! I would love to see your Sunny Swing Tees!!
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The Sunny Swing Tee has been featured by Lindsey McLaughlin. Make sure to check out her awesome blog!