Deep Sea Top – Free Sewing Pattern
I had a little bit of this gorgeous fabric from Moonbow Fabrics left so decided to make Emma this cute top. Can you believe that my husband called it an apron? 🙂 This pattern is available in sizes 18M-6Y.
Sizing: If you’re not sure which size to choose, check the measurements charts https://midnightsewer.com/measurements-charts/
The top is fitted, make sure you choose the right size. I suggest prioritising chest circumference.
Scroll to the bottom of the post to download the pattern, it’s available in A0 and A4 format. You can turn off the layers in Adobe Acrobat and print just the one you want. It will be easier to see the correct lines. You can find the option at: View -> Show/Hide -> Navigation Panes -> Layers
Start with printing the first page and make sure the test box is 5 x 5 cm.
You can try printing on different paper formats but always select printing to 100%. Let me know if you have any issues.
Whenever you can, make a toile before cutting through your favourite fabric.
Pattern assembly (A4):
Tape the pages as shown in the picture below.
Seam allowances are included. You can see them on the pattern itself.
Jersey or other 50% stretch knit fabrics.
Extras: Lingerie elastic for the neckline, stretch interfacing.
Approx. 0.5m of fabric. Width of fabric: 1.5m
Bodice front x1 on the fabric fold
Bodice back x2
Belt x2 on the fabric fold
Gathered panel x1 on the fabric fold
Instructions (this is my preferred method, you can do it differently):
Sew arm seams with right sides facing. Press with an iron.
Attach lingerie elastic to front neckline and back using zigzag stitch or overlocker (with right sides facing) and press open. Topstitch around the neckline.
You don’t have to make elastic shorter than the neckline. Cut it the same length.
Align the notches and attach the sleeves with the right sides facing. Press with an iron.
Sew sides and sleeves all in one.
Interface the belt to the wrong sides and attach it as shown in the picture on the left. Sew its sides together and clip the corner. Press open
Hem the bottom of the panel and its sides. Run two stitches to the top for the gathering.
Gather the panel to the front side on the belt.
Sew belts sides together up to the gathering point and turn them inside out.
You can now fold the remaining seam allowance and topstitch belt from the outside.
Tip: tacking stitch will help you to keep both layers together.
Tip: If your girl has got narrow shoulders or you think it would be better if the top was held more at the back, hand sew ribbon or bias tape to both sides at the top.
I hope you enjoyed this. If you have any ideas for patterns for children or adults let me know on our Facebook group!