Summer Top Pattern, An Easy Two Hour Project Named Tina

summer top pattern

Tina 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 Fridays at the office.

summer top pattern

My 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 Fabric.com 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

Materials

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

Tools

  • 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 Amazon.com

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

Step Two: Sew The Shoulders

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

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.

Step Five: Make The Hem

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 and ended up suing the guy who ran her down.  The payout 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 find 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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summer top pattern


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jellybaby
jellybaby

Just wondering if a pattern for flutter sleeves was ever posted up for this top?

Susan Doyon
Susan Doyon

the tutorial shows the bias binding on the inside , but the photos show it on the outside is there a tutorial for that look I love the way the satiny look of the binding contrasts with the shirt

Maggie Tinnin
Maggie Tinnin

I remember having a mini-dress in the 70’s that looked just like the summer top. Loved it then – love it now.

Diane
Diane

Hi, Made a muslin of this lovely top in a crinkled lightweight cotton (I think). Turned out great, needed to lower the darts but light and wearable. Thank you.

Dodie
Dodie

Thank you for the Tina top pattern. This is the first pattern from so sew easy that I am sewing. I did not see what seam allowance you have sewn this top with. I have looked through your website to find the answer but I cannot find it. Can you help me please

mccindy

Love the top but not large enough for me

Christine Gresh
Christine Gresh

I was at my daughter’s on vacation and downloaded the top pattern. She printed it for me, possibly she did the printing wrong, I am not sure. I put the pattern pieces together and cut out the pattern. It seemed small, as I am normally a 12, but cut a 14 thinking it looked small. I can’t even get it over my head! I don’t see a back slit, so I felt that the sizing must be incorrect. I tried to download here at my house and was told I have reached my max for downloads, as I went in again looking for sizing, measurements like some of the above sewers did. What am I to do now? I bought great fabric, and may have enough to cut another and try again at the new scale. And is the neck opening wide enough to pull over??

angela
angela

Thank you for the free pattern. Love the design.

virch
virch

the picture of this cute top shows a round neckline, but when i cut the fabric it turns out a V shape neckline, how can i fix my fabric to make it round, which i prefer?

Sandra Van Nood
Sandra Van Nood

Thank you very much for the pattern and the tutorials. I made the top this morning and it came out very nice. I made it from cotton viscose and lowered the neckline a bit as that is my preference.

Alice
Alice

Hi Mayra. This looks nice and comfy! I am plus size 26. Do you have a beginner tutorial on how to size the pattern up? And would definitely like to see the flutter sleeves to help cover the chubby arms. ?

LoriAnne
LoriAnne

Hello, I love the look of the pattern but I can’t find a size chart any where. I’m getting so frustrated looking for one, Blog, blueprint web page, nothing. HELP!

Awilda
Awilda

Hello, how do I know which size to cut out? I want to make one for my daughter and she’s a medium. Thank you.

Rae Shaw
Rae Shaw
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Hi, I’m like Alice. I have “large” breast & would like to know how to grade a pattern for a bigger bust(44-D)
Warm Regards,
Rae

Awilda Mejias
Awilda Mejias
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you so much!

Karen Waller
Karen Waller

Such an easy pattern! Thank you. Only thing is I can read the size legend for the pattern. I know the first one is 8 and the last one is 20. Would you be so kind as to fill in the middle for me? Thanks again!

Erin Blubaugh
Erin Blubaugh

Hi, I’m not very experienced, but learning. How do I choose what size to use? I measured myself but I’m not sure how to cut the pattern. Thanks!

Erin Blubaugh
Erin Blubaugh
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you so much! Also, is it possible to make this using a knit material?

Jean Munn
Jean Munn

Flutter sleeves would be great. Can you give me a hint on assembly, I’ve used your patterns before, but can’t get the pages to align which wasn’t a problem when I had the ones with the pies to match up, thanks for your help.

Jean Munn
Jean Munn
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thanks, you’re always so helpful?

Vee
Vee

Thank you so much for this lovely pattern! I love the A-line of this top.
Please, a sleeve to hide old and flabby arms would be highly appreciated!

Jean Munn
Jean Munn

I have now managed to pay for my pattern, thanks for your generosity in providing such great patterns ?

Dee
Dee

Hi! love this top! I don’t see the finished measurements or a size chart for the pattern to determine what size to cut. Did I overlook it?

learningnewtricks
learningnewtricks

I wonder how it will work with cap sleeves.Flutter sleeves sound nice.

Christine
Christine

Love the simple, easy drape of this look! Re. which pattern, the top to hide a roll in the style of Chanel sounds ideal!

Leslie
Leslie

Love the top. Can’t wait to make one. I am actually in process of making a similar one with a mandarin collar and slit v neckline. But this one is much easier! This would also make a nice dress if you extend the length. I might try that also. As far as the pattern you share next, I’d like the pattern to conceal the tummy. It is my problem area and even though I am a size 6, my tummy isn’t cooperating and putting me at an 8-10. That’s not a big difference but I’d like to hide it as best as I can anyway. In my opinion, this Post menopausal body should be well be concealed!

Eilea
Eilea

Looking for your sizing chart to figure out what size to make.

Susan
Susan

Do you have an information about the sizing of this pattern?

Jean Munn
Jean Munn

Really want to make this, but my PayPal account keeps telling me that one of the recipients is unable to accept payment at present.

Angela Bowles-Barrett
Angela Bowles-Barrett

Definitely flutter sleeves!

Mary
Mary

This top looks beautiful. I plan to make one, but I’d love the one to cover body rolls.

Cally Ross
Cally Ross

flutter sleeves to elbow length would be perfect for this old lady!

Julia
Julia

I love this top, but I too would like to see it with flutter sleeves. I think it would be a perfect “dressy” blouse to wear on Jeans Fridays to work. Thank you!

Patricia Moschgat
Patricia Moschgat

I can’t wait to make this! Please post the top that hides the belly roll! I love your website.

martha de lange
martha de lange

Beautiful will you consider one in a plus size?

Stephanie Mullins
Stephanie Mullins
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

I am actually plus size and pregnant!!! I would love to make this for this summer. I wear a 20 (or size 2X) regularly; any recommendations on how to convert to a preggo tummy as well? 🙂

Sharon Hamilton
Sharon Hamilton

This pattern looks comfy and stylish. But i also did not find any fabric suggestions. All it says under tools is needle size and sewing machine. it does say Fabric.com but no link.

virch
virch

Flutter sleeves, please!!

Katrina
Katrina

I bought some rayon on special as an impulse buy… I think this is the perfect use for it.

I would love a little cap or flutter sleeve on it though – my work has this as a dress code requirement, and this would make a great top for work.

Thanks for the great pattern and awesome instructions.