Today I bring you a pattern that isn’t for babies (surprise!). There will definitely be more of those in the future, but I’ve also been sewing some things for myself. This beautiful Ruffle-Sleeve Top is actually a free pattern — and if that doesn’t sell you on it, read on for more gushing.
I’m currently on mat leave with a very young baby, so I spend most of my day on the couch. That’s slowly changing as she becomes more mobile, but I’ve had plenty of time to fall down YouTube rabbit holes. There are so many creators — seemingly always in England or Australia — who feature frugal sewing patterns from various places. I found this particular pattern through The Dahlia Sew-ciety.
Honestly I had low expectations going into this make. I had never worked with a free pattern and didn’t realize they could actually be well drafted. I can honestly say that this top pattern is better than some I’ve purchased. I liked it so much I made it twice!
Well, technically I made it three times. I’ve learned to create a mock up for even the most simple patterns, because sometimes a small adjustment can make a huge difference. I made two adjustments: I shortened the sleeve to keep the flounce out of the way and reduced the volume of the flounce by an inch or so.
I made this version out of a mystery fabric from Fabricland (a familiar store for Canadian sewists). I suspect it’s a cheaper linen alternative based on the feel, but I really liked the look of it. I’ve included a picture of the facing as it was really nice to sew in. I hate it when facings flip up (even after understitching), so I really liked that this facing was joined at the arm holes as well. I still top stitched the neckline for a clean finish.
I made my second version out of a proper linen, and I’m obsessed with it. It’s so romantic and flowy. I would wear it often if it weren’t for the risk of spit up. Truthfully, I don’t wear anything handmade around my baby, which means that it all sits in the closet unworn. *Sigh* one day.
This top fits a bit boxy, which I actually like. It’s also somewhat cropped on my 5’9 frame — luckily I like that as well. I find cropped lengths help to balance out a boxy or baggy top. I wish I could model them to give you a better idea of the fit. Even though it’s not possible right now, I can’t let that stop me from sharing. I hope you feel inspired non the less!