Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Swing Series

...or, Putting The Sorbetto Series Slightly To Shame

In the interest of bulking up my self-stitched wardrobe as SSS'11 approaches, I have been wasting a significant amount of my precious me-time traipsing the internet for more sewing patterns, trying to focus on tops, trousers and jackets.  As always, my first ports of call being Lanetz Living and Etsy (for vintage patterns), and BurdaStyle (for free downloadable PDF patterns).  I am now impatiently awaiting the postman for a couple of delicious Etsy finds, and meanwhile getting a teensy bit carried away with a free pattern I found on BurdaStyle which can be found here.  

off-white viscose jersey with off-cuts of floral cotton

Similar to the Sorbetto Top in its clean simplicity, but, in my opinion, Dixie DIY's "Loose Fit Knit Top with Cuffed Sleeves" is eminently more wearable with its flattering swing shape, capped sleevelets and infinite possibilities of colour and fabric.

grey marl viscose jersey with off-cuts of paisley rayon

The only alterations I made to the pattern were to slightly reduce the volume of the swing and I found I had to lengthen the hem by a good inch.

the first one I made - a little too swingy and a little too short

This top was so lovely to make, immediately satisfying and at only half an hour (after cutting) they were super quick to make.  They look just as great tucked in to a high-waisted bottom as they do loose; I've been wearing them already and I know this will be my go-to pattern when I need a quick top fix.

blue striped cotton shirting always seems to feel quite nurse-y...


  1. These tops are adorable. :) I hope you get more patterns for trousers and the like!

  2. yours are so gorgeous. I made a ton of these shirts as well from Dixie's pattern and I wear them all the time now!

  3. omg these are fantastic! I never thought to pair a different fabric for the neck and sleeves. I must say I love the stripe one, too, maybe you could wear it as a crop top with a tank underneath?

    thanks for using my pattern!!

  4. Hello, your swing tops are all gorgeous! Do you still have this pattern from Dixie DIY? It's a shame she is not offering it any more, and there doesn't seem to be a way to email her to ask if I could have it. I am brand new to sewing and this is exactly the sort of top I want to make, is there any chance I could have it/buy it from you? Thanks so much.


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