The Batwing Sweater Top Pattern comes in sizes S to 3XL and can be made using a serger only. It is a super easy outfit to sew and even easier to wear. My preference would be stockings and high boots if worn as a mini dress. Leggings and fur slipper boots would be my outfit at home with a book and a cup of tea.
I am heading off to Tokyo, in the middle of winter. Yes, this is me, why do things easy when you can complicate your life by adding freezing temperatures?
No, I have not experienced winter or snow, since….. come to think of it it was Japan the last time seven years ago. This will be my first time in Tokyo City and I will (of course) be looking for fabric.
Searching in my closet for winter clothing, I came to the realization that I do not have any winter clothing from this decade. Ouchhh! This pattern is from the 90's, Inspired by the movie Flash Dance and worn again in 2007.
This decade is almost over and the good thing is fashion just keeps coming back over and over. All you have to do is wait long enough to be able to wear the same clothes again.
Sewing Level: Basic Intermediate
So what to wear that's warm and will hide a few extra kilos? This is it…
- 2 to 2 1/2 yards of sweater or knit fabric (amount will depend on the width of the fabric)
- Ballpoint needle Size 80 or 90
- Thread to match the fabric
Fabric Suggestions from Fabric.com
Print the pattern using Adobe Reader in Landscape mode, and actual size.
I have not made all the marks on the pattern, (yes! I do make some mistakes from time to time..)
For the hips ribbing cut TWO ON THE FOLD.
For the neck ribbing CUT ONE on the fold.
Do trace the other side of the sweater pattern to avoid forgetting to fold the fabric. Knits and especially sweater knits should be cut in one layer so it is best to trace the other side of the patterns and marked on the fold.
|M||52 1/2″||23″||39″||7 1/2″|
|XL||52 1/2″||23 1/2″||43″||8 1/2″|
|2XL||54 1/2″||24″||45 1/2″||9 3/8″|
|3XL||55 1/2″||25″||47 1/2″||10.2″|
How To Sew The Batwing Sweater Top
You can sew the batwing sweater top using only a serger if you have one. If you don't have one you can use a normal sewing machine but first, do a scrap test, this is a must.
You need to find out if the tension, size of the stitch, and the thread quality are correct for your fabric with your sewing machine.
Here are my best tips to navigate sewing a sweater fabric.
- Decrease the tension, think knit fabrics require less tension than thin knits.
- Use a Teflon foot (if you have one) on your sewing machine to help the fabric glide easier under the foot.
- If your fabric is waving at the seams you will have to place a strip of 2″ wide of thin paper under the fabric to help the fabric glide easier.
You may find it useful to review this helpful tutorial on Sewing Sweater Knits before you start.
Step One: Sew The Shoulders
Using a wavy stretchable stitch, or a serger sew the whole project at 3/8″.
If your machine has an overcasting stitch, overcast the edge of the fabric to prevent the fabric from raveling.
Use a seam reaper to help feed the fabric under the foot.
Place the front and back pieces print sides together. Sew at 3/8″.
Step Two: Sew the sides
Sew the sides at 3/8″.
Step Three: Sew The Hips Ribbing
A great alternative here would be a ribbing fabric in a contrasting color. This would give the top/minidress a hip look.
Place the two pieces print sides together and sew the sides at 3/8′ (1cm)
Turn the ribbing print/right side out.
Fold the ribbing in half. You should have a band with double layers now.
Once you have made the hips ribbing you will sew it to the bottom of the top/mini dress.
Step Four: Sew The Neckline Ribbing
This is done exactly as the hips ribbing.
Sew the strip of fabric prints sides together. Fold the ribbing lengthwise and sew to the neck area at 3/8″. This is of course optional. You can just serge the neckline and leave it.
Step Five: Hemming
There are two places where you will serge, at the neckline if you have chosen not to add the ribbing there, and at the wrists. If this finish does not please you turn the hem 3/8″ and stitch with a small zigzag.
Wearing this top is easy, stocking, thermal leggings, jeggings and skinny jeans are all perfect choices.
How to wear the top:
The pregnant lady.
The Biker Chick:
The Cafe girl:
This is how I am planning to wear it. (maybe)
I am missing the hat, the leggings, and the boots. Maybe I will have to rethink this outfit. I better get back to sewing…Until next time!
I look forward to trying this and I have a serger!! But have never sewn anything like this (age 67 self taught seamstress!) Appreciate the loving freebies! And I live in Hokkaido Japan, where the snows fall and no, don’t have the boots or the legs to wear like that but I will do something!! 😉 Thanks a bunch! You need to come to Hokkaido next time! We have lived here for 37 years now! (from USA).
Thank you for the invitation, I was before the plandemia to take a trip to Japan and Korea. I will reach out to you when I am on my way. Hopefully soon!
I’m thinking I’d make the bottom band narrower as I’d like to wear it more as a top than a dress. Love the bat wings. Thank you!
Yes, Serene, that should be lovely.
Do you think this pattern would work in fleece? I love cuddling in fleece tops when it’s cold and it comes in lots of colors and patterns.
As long as there is a horizontal stretch you can.
Looks great! Super easy and cozy. I need to find me some sweater knits QUICK!!
Hope you find it If you use Instagram do tag me so I can see your fabric. Thank you!
Do you think it would work with a stretchy fleece?
Yes it would.
Happy Australia Day to you from frigid Canada (we’re in the middle of winter)!
Is this by chance a rework of the “simple boat neck top” pattern? I actually just downloaded that one and made it up in an eyelash cheetah knit. Very simple and easy pattern by-the-way.
Great question I would have to check but from the top of my head no. I did use the same block pattern with 6 inches of ease. Perhaps you can use the same pattern since you have already made the top all you need is elongated it to your belly bottom, a band with room for the hips and long enough to cover your bottom.
This is an awesome pattern. Thank you so much. I had purchased some fleece to line a hoodie, but didn’t get enough for the hood! This looks perfect for it. It will be a while before I make it, but it is so on my list to do after I make the hoodie pattern I got from you a few weeks ago.
If I can find the right fabric, I am going to make this top. I appreciate all of the patterns that you offer. I have made several and find the sewing instructions to be well written, easy to follow and thorough. Thank you!
Beautiful Sweater! Your instructions are stellar. Thank You for this Gem!!
I would like the pattern in teen and girl size. My 5 Great Granddaughters would love it. I if I was younger, I would make one.
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In regards to Katerin’s comment on Feb. 24 2018, I discovered the same issues. I just completed the batwing top and had to make some adjustments to the pattern. This is what I changed: For the hip ribbing piece I cut two on the fold; fold line provided. For the neck ribbing I cut one on the fold; fold line provided. The only change in directions for the neck ribbing was to center the neck ribbing seem, which gave me a “back” to the top instead of having two seems matching the shoulder seems. I also marked a fold line on the main body of the piece just to remind myself to cut this piece on the fold. My top came out very nicely. I hope this is helpful to anyone else wanting to make this top.
I can’t find this pattern download
Pattern download is located after the fabric suggestions.
Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try it.
It is my pleasure, Tracy!
I have a question regarding the width of the pattern. Is it possible that this pattern requires a fabric that is wider than 60″ across?
Good question, what size are you looking at, the one on the picture is medium and it does not.
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Hi, I’m having trouble figuring out the layout. Are the cirlces on the sides of the page meant to meet or overlap?
Thanks very much
They are suppose to meat and in turn make a circle.
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Very beautiful! I just cut the pattern and I’m very confused: 1) The neck ribbing (cut two on fold) is bigger than the neck hole (almost double). Is something going wrong or should I must stretch the neck to be same size as the ribbing? 2) The ribbing of the belt (cut two ribbing) must be “on the fold”? Pattern have two arrows but does not write it. Sorry if I don’t understant well. Thank you! Very pretty sweater.
Hi Katerin, sorry for the late replay, I have moved houses only a couple of days ago got internet. You need to double the hips ribbing horizontally and vertically. You can see that there is no hem to be made because is double. The neck ribbing is only slightly smaller than the neckline. I will check the pattern I hope I did not mislabel it. Let you know.
Also I really like the dress or top worn by the lady in glasses in your welcome photo. Is there a pattern available for this?
Hi Charlene, I think that top was made with this pattern: https://so-sew-easy.com/wrap-top-free-pattern/
Re the wrap top, I think you’re right. After I had a look at your link I went to my Craftsy pattern library and I had already downloaded it. Thank you for that, time now to take a break from quilting and start making some clothes.
You’re welcome Charlene. Thanks for your comments and happy sewing!
I am also missing the hat, the leggings and the boots, as well as the body shape to go with it all, and the cool weather to wear it. I live on the Gold Coast hinterland now, in Queensland, Australia, and I’m thinking it might work it a light cotton knit for days that are a little cooler than usual. I love batwings.
I love this sweater and want to make it NOW!!! I will have to drive to Portland Or. where they have so much more fabric to choose from. Gas up the car and make a run for some sweater knit fabric. Thanks so much for sharing your patterns with all of us. I have made soooooo many things from your patterns that I can’t even count them all.
🙂 you made my day! Drive safely, please! Let me know what you found. I love shopping for fabric!
Love this pattern. Thank you for the freebies. I can’t wait to make it but I have to finish what is on my machine first. Cheers Val??
You are welcome! Love to see a picture:)
I am very excited about this! Sunday is my favorite day (I look for your e-mail, first thing.)
Thank you, Maggie!
Cute! Cute! Ah . . so cute! Did I mention that I love this batwing sweater? I for see it in my sewing future. Thank you so much for sharing and enjoy wearing this in Tokyo.
Thank you Gaila, will post pictures of the trip, promise 🙂
Would look good over jeggings, skinny leg jeans or even boot cut jeans. Also if made with a thicker warm fabric could be used instead of a coat or jacket in the spring / autumn.
This looks great! Can’t wait to make it. Thanks so much for all these free patterns.