Summer Top Pattern, An Easy Two Hour Project Named Tina

summer top patternTina is a summer top pattern, is the easy two-hour project I'm sharing with you this weekend.  The trend this summer is to wear bike or yoga shorts.  Personally I find it awful, however, I can appreciate the practicality of this trend.  It allows people to bike everywhere and teamed up with the right top and a small jacket it can even make it as an outfit for casual Friday's at the office.

summer top patternMy daughter would tell you that this trend is new, but for us that have been through the beginning of the '90s as young people, we knew this trend in lime green, turquoise, and hot pink.  At last, this time, we have come around to black.  What to wear with this trend?  An A-line sleeveless top that you can make in two hours.  This summer top pattern comes in sizes 8-20 and will cover your bottom.  Made in a very flowy silky fabric it can be the perfect companion for riding back from the office.

This summer top pattern should be a staple in your collection.  Cinched around your waist with a belt, tucked in with a pencil skirt or just on top of bike shorts or capri pants will be a very practical item in your wardrobe.

I have used a combination of rayon and cotton with great drape, I purchased the fabric while in India so I don't have any idea where you would get a similar print but I have put some good alternative suggestions from below.

The top has a scooped neck and biased armholes.

summer top pattern

A bust dart to give it shape around the chest while it falls gently in an A-line shape around the rest of your torso, making it a little longer will give a very easy to wear summer dress as well.

summer top pattern


  • 1 to 1 1/2 yards of silk, rayon or cotton batiste
  • 2 to 3 yards of bias tape
  • Thread to match


  • Sewing machine
  • Needle size 70

Size Chart and Finished Measurements

Size              Bust
8                    34          (86.4 cm)
10                  35 1/2   (90.17 cm)
12                  37           (94 cm)
14                  39           (99.1 cm)
16                  41            (104 cm)
18                  43           (109 cm)
20                 45           (114 cm )

Fabric suggestions from

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Skill Level: Confident Beginner

The knowledge of how to apply bias to armholes and necklines, french seam, and sewing darts are essential skills.

How To Download And Print The Summer Top Pattern

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Pattern Download

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Pattern Layout

summer top pattern

How To Sew Your Summer Top

The construction of this top is very easy.  I have used the tutorials that we have already written for you to save myself about 16 hours of work, plus why repeat what we have already shown you.

Step One: Sew The Dart

How to Sew Darts – How to Sew A Skirt Series

Step Two: Sew The Shoulders

I used a french seam, but you can either use the zigzag in your machine or an overlocker.

How to sew a French Seam, the best seam for delicate fabrics

Step Three: Sew the sides

The use of a french seam is ideal if you are using silk or cotton batiste for this top.

Step Four: Apply The Bias Tape To The Neck, Then The Armholes.

Use Bias Tape for a Neckline or Arm Hole Facing

Step Five: Make The Hem

How to Hem Sheer or Lightweight Fabrics

So who is Tina anyways?

Tina was a roommate I once had for a couple of months in New York City.  She was a bike messenger by day and studied chemistry at night.  She practically lived in her summer top and bike shorts.  According to her, the top brought her luck, so she had me make her some in a few in different colors.

She had crazy hair and a lean body due to the hours of biking.  One day she had a terrible accident which coincidently happened when she was not wearing the top end ended suing the guy who ran her down.  The pay out was in the millions.  I heard a few years ago she took the money and went to France to study Chemical  Engineering and opened a controversial lab for animal testing of blood pressure medicines and diabetes.

How did I found out about her?  That is another story for another day, but I can tell you that the world is very small despite the 7 billion of us on it and that there are just a few degrees of separation between all of us.

I hope this summer top pattern brings you luck as it did to Tina. Let me know if you would like this top with flutter sleeves, or you rather see my take on a diaper bag, a curvey friendly teddy or the ultimate top to hide a roll around the belly button in the style of Channel.

Until Next time, happy sewing!

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161 Responses to Summer Top Pattern, An Easy Two Hour Project Named Tina

  1. A great shaped top for those of us with a tummy. Especially in the hot and steamy summer months, here in the South!

  2. Sheryl Thomas says:

    Love this top. Plus sizes with sleeves would be great. Can’t wait for the curvy teddy!

    • Ruth says:

      Thank you very much for this pattern. I hav e a hernia that needs to be hidden and I think this will do it. Only thing I do need sleeves. Flutter sleeves would be very nice. Please tell me how to get the pattern for them. My arms are too old to be flaunted.

      • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

        I will share them soon I have drafted the pattern I just need to grade the sleeves from 8-20.

  3. Pegg Macko says:

    I think this is great and I embrace sleeveless! I am working on my arms and they will probably never be perfect, but I hate sleeves in the warm weather!

  4. hilary lane says:

    I thinks it’s beautiful thank you.

  5. Vicki says:

    Lovely top, what other fabrics could it be made in. Would also love some sleeves.

  6. Lily McRae says:

    I would like sleeves too. Thanks for all the great patterns.

  7. jlboop says:

    I’ve been hoping you would post a top pattern like this! Thank you so much!

  8. Jackie says:

    Please do one with sleeves!!!

  9. VSW says:

    What a fun top. I would love to see some sleeves, dye to “chicken wings” on my arms and would love to see a “muffin top” disguise as well. Love your site, emails, patterns and instructions.

  10. Doreen says:

    Me too like sleeves

  11. Christine says:

    I was wondering about a flared summer top, and this showed up in my email today. Thank you!

  12. Janet Worth says:

    Love the flow of this top ! I am a size 18-20 ,confident beginner sewer. Could the neckline be adjusted to a more of a scoop neckline ?Any suggestions on how to achieve this ?
    Love the weekly newsletter/emails!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Janet, yes that would be very easy. Paste the pattern together and place the should on your shoulder, and see if you re happy with the depth of the scoop neck. If you are busty I lower neckline showing a bit of cleavage would be very attractive 😉

      • Janet Worth says:

        Hi Mayra, so nice to get such a quick reply….doesn’t always happen on many other sites. I am looking forward to giving this pattern a try.Thanks for all you do for all us sewers!

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Hi Janet, the comments section is the best way for me to notice you and get to know your opinion, suggestions and most important what you need. So let’s keep in touch:)

  13. Betty Ott says:

    I’ve enjoyed several of your patterns and this time wanted to pay a small amount for the beautiful pattern you are offering. I was unable to pay thru paypal. Tried several times. Finally downloaded for free. How can I send a donation for all your hard work?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Betty, thank you for your intentions, once the PayHip window shows up the first thing you need to do is change the amount of money from 0.00 to what you would like to donate. This must be done before you press the “Buy now” blue button. Kind Regards,

  14. Kathie Williams says:

    I would love the Teddy and the top to hide the belly roll please and thank you!!!

  15. Daphne says:

    I love this but I need some cover for my upper arms at my age. I would love to see a flutter sleeve please. Also thank you for this wonderful site. I love reading it and am planning on doing some of the patterns .

  16. Sharron Woodward says:

    Sleeves! I never go sleeveless anymore due to my aging sagging upper arms.

  17. Cat says:

    Will you make an optional pattern for those of us who like short sleeves, please?
    I would love to make one of each.

  18. Linda Sammeli says:

    This is adorable! And thank you for the back story on Tina. As a more ‘mature’ woman with her grandmother’s biceps, I would love any kind of sleeve option, preferably a mid to 3/4 length. Thanks for all you do!

  19. Florine Bynum says:


  20. Joyce says:

    Love the top could you use a light weight knit?

  21. Maureen Williams says:

    Looking forward to making this in all kinds of fabrics. Would love to see the top a la Channel!

  22. Carla Edwards says:

    Flutter sleeve option, please.

  23. mary sergeant says:

    hwo do I know what size to use? is there a size chart somewhere?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Thank you, Mary, forgot that small detail. I don’t work on Sunday, so I will load it tomorrow.

  24. Elizabeth Storck says:

    Cute pattern and would prefer sleeves. Also, that Channel style pattern for my muffin top would be a plus!

  25. Sharon Moore says:

    love it do you have measurements of pattern?

  26. Pamela says:

    I like it also but do not wear sleeveless clothing (at my age, I’m doing you a favor!!) Would it be easy to add sleeves?

  27. Linda Liberty says:

    When will you include Women’s Plus Sizes?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      What size are you after? I do not include Plus sizes becauese I dont have a way to test them. I will however republish this pattern in sizes 22-26 but it will not be tested, so if you make it do let me now how it went.

  28. mccindy says:

    Sure wish it came in larger sizes. By the time I have to redraw after I print and tape the pattern it becomes a 2 or 3 day top.

  29. Marchita L Sutton says:

    Thanks! My daughter will love it and I have some floral fabric on hand!

  30. Sewshesewstoo says:

    I could not get PayPal to work this time… I will pay more for the next pattern I get from you. I know you need the funds to “keep the lights on”.

  31. Pauline says:

    Love this top! I would also love to see the Chanel Style top for the curvy, roll around the belly button woman!

  32. Cathi says:

    I like the flowy part of this, but can’t handle showing bare arms. The Chanel top you mentioned sounds good.

  33. Karen says:

    I would love to see this in plus sizes & with sleeves. Thanks!

  34. Jaclynne says:

    That’s pretty and I like the longer length 🙂 Like Donna, I would like sleeves (in my case, so I wouldn’t have to bias bind the armholes …). I’d also be very interested in the belly roll hiding Chanel-ish top! Thank you ALWAYS for your generosity in sharing your hard work with us and for such pretty patterns 🙂

  35. Mary says:

    Thank you. This would be great as a summer dress. How would I make it longer? Thanks!

  36. Cyndye says:

    I love the look of this pattern and can see making a bunch for hot Texas summers. But will have to fish around and see what kind of sleeve I can put on it. That way I can wear it in public. These arms are no longer for public consumption.

  37. Benedicte Reiter says:

    I would love for pattterns likthis one to cone in plus sizes as well. When are you going to do that?
    It is an ingeneous pattern for those of us with too much weight with the A-line.

  38. Val House says:

    Love the pattern, could I make it in a stretch fabric?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes you can. Just need to take the bust dart away if your fabric is very stretchy or you can leave it if it is medium weight with a 20% or less.

  39. desidear says:

    Great pattern! I found everything I needed except sizing. Do you have a chart?

  40. Donna Griffin says:

    I love this and would prefer sleeves! Thank you for sharing.

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