12 top sewing patterns to satisfy your “jeans and a nice top” needs

Heya pals!

With the weather heating up here in London, or at least getting slightly less chilly, I am on the hunt for some new top patterns. You know, the kind you can wear with jeans and a nice top that is comfortable but adds a lil summat summat to an outfit.

I’ve been doing loads of research into top patterns and thought it would be handy for some of you if I shared what I found. But instead of just sharing a picture of the pattern I thought it would be so much more use to see someone’s version they have sewn up. So here are some of my fave top patterns with a few familiar faces thrown in. They are all wonderful people so do go and check them out!

New Look 6507

Kicking it off with the New Look top which made me realise how much I’ve been missing out on only seeing dresses is my off the shoulder top with the biggest double ruffle in this gorgeous yellow. It’s now officially my favourite top and I want approximately 2539159 more. I didn’t put the elastic in and I love the look without it.

Stylearc Harmony top

This is the pattern I was originally going to use for my yellow crepe but as I don’t own it yet I went with the other pattern. I do love this tee though and a version is still on my to sew list. The first time I came across the Harmony top was when @birdy_sew_obsessed shared hers and I fell in love with it.

Bird says “I really love the simplicity of this top. It allows for accessories to be worn (I have a weakness for a statement necklace), easy to mix and match, feminine, classic and still work appropriate!”

McCalls 7542

It isn’t just the indie pattern companies that make excellent statement sleeve tops. This one from McCalls is going straight on my to sew list. I love how different it looks in the two fabrics Holly @holsstevens chose. The gingham version is cotton and the spotty one is in viscose.

Holly says ‘I love all the different sleeve options with this pattern, the fabric you use changes the style completely and I think the flounce option is my favourite, made in a cotton the flounce gives more of a dramatic look whereas in a viscose it’s super pretty! It’s a perfect pattern for a summer top’

You can find her blog here

Tilly and the Buttons Seren top

The Seren top is a fabulous one for using up remnants. I’ve just bought a viscose twill floral remnant and i am crossing my fingers I can squeeze this out of a half metre. A lot of people make the dress version but I love the top and skirt version that Sarah from @likesewamazing made.

Sarah says “I decided to make the Seren as separates because I loved the style of the dress and was also looking to make a midi length button up skirt so figured I could kill two birds with one stone and have much more versatility!

You can find her fabric shop here

And her blog post on Seren here

Named Clothing Solina top – Emily

I completely absolutely and utterly adore this pattern from Named Clothing’s book Breaking the Pattern. I saw it in the flesh on Emily @emilybooob and it swiftly made it too my list. It may even be the pattern that makes me cut into that naked lady fabric from the New Craft House.

Emily says “I think it’s a really chic little summer top and (on me anyway) sits at just the right length for wearing with high waisted trousers or shorts. I managed to get away without an open ended zip by not sewing down the pleats in the front, which also leaves the option for food-baby adjustment! When I have the patience I’d like to do one with a button up back instead though. It feels a little bit broad in the shoulders and I had to take it in under the arms, but I do have quite a narrow back.”

McCalls 7752

I bought this pattern last year and haven’t gotten round to sewing it up but definitely need to do so. There are lots of different options for sleeves and different flounces to add. I’ve even seen a version with a gathered skirt attached to the bodice to make it a dress. @sewmuchjazz has made an amazing version with matching trousers.

Jasmine says her outfit is “one of my fave looks to date.”

Simple Sew Juliette blouse

Sensible in the front, party in the back sums up this top. It looks quite a standard top from the front but the tie back adds a fancy touch. @ruthiesews made a version with her goddaughter and loved it so much she made a version for herself too. I may have to join the Juliette blouse club!

Ruth says “I found the Juliette blouse quite over sized so took it in at the sides a lot. The fabric is lovely and soft and just right for the weather today.”

Sew Over It Libby Shirt

I’ve almost finished my version of the Libby shirt and loved making it so much. It was really fun to learn some new techniques. Mine is black so doesn’t feel that summery but I also love the summery version @zoesewstoo did in coral.

Zoe says “I love the loose fit of this shirt and the collar lifts the look. The collar is a little tricky but is very satisfying when it comes together and there is a tutorial on the Sew Over It blog if you get stuck.”

Colette Patterns Aster blouse

If you’re a fan of a shirt but don’t want a collar in the heat (or just don’t want to bother making one) then the Aster is the shirt for you. The red shirt @bloggspot made is such a pretty top you can throw on without thinking and feel great.

Becca says “Colette aster is a reliable wardrobe staple and great intro into shirt making. It has a flattering v neck and a standard button placket but there isn’t a tricky collar, just a bias bound finish which makes life a lot easier if collars aren’t your forte. There are also 3 views so you can get a lot of value from 1 pattern as well as varying looks depending on your fabrics. I’ve got 2 in my wardrobe so far but I there is a long sleeved version on the not too distant horizon!”

Friday Pattern Company Adrienne blouse

For those days when it’s a bit chillier but you still want something that looks summery the Adrienne blouse is a winner. I love the versions Victoria @victorialucilleanne did.

Victoria says: “This pattern is so amazing and versatile! It goes with so many garments, jumpsuit, dungarees, culottes, high waisted pants, skirts, and shorts! The list is endless and it is very easy to make!”

You can find her blog post on it here

And her blog post with a woven sleeve hack here

And her YouTube channel here

Named Clothing Sade blouse

Another one for chillier days the Sade blouse has long sleeves but looks great in a lighter fabric. I think this would look great on holiday in the evening for a meal or drinks out. @suzannemade it in white with the cutest contrast bow details.

Suzie says “The Sade blouse is one of the few patterns I especially bought Breaking the Pattern for.. It looked like it might be harder to make than it was, mostly just pressing seams and ribbon channels! My biggest concern was that the patterns are drafted for a height of 172cm, so at around 160cm I worried it would be enormous, but the only thing I did was shorten the arm length by about 7cm after trying on once they were attached.

Also, I think it’s important to treat the book as a whole, not just a pattern library. Very quickly the book relies on you reading the previous pages (or the sewing knowledge you already have) to be able to follow instructions, but luckily Sade is only pattern two in the book!

I love the blouse, not 100% sure it’s my style but it’s visually pleasing and was very satisfying to make too.”

Deer and Doe Hoya blouse

The Hoya blouse is possibly one of my top three patterns I have yet to sew. The faux wrap neckline is gorgeous and it looks great in a variety of drapey fabrics. @perrinepluchon made it in chiffon and it looks fab.

Perrine says “I think it’s a great pattern! I’ve never been disappointed by Deer and Doe to be honest. I would say it’s more of an intermediate pattern but it really depends on what fabrics you are using. It’s perfect for showing off sheer fabrics like the chiffon I used but it was very difficult to work with which made the pattern quite difficult to sew.”

You can find her blog post about it here

And the sewing Instagram account she runs with two friends here @sewnaive

And that’s it! I love all 12 of these patterns and all are on my ever growing to make list. I hope you have found some you like too.

Putting together this blog post has been a lot of fun and I’ve found some wonderful new sewists to follow. Do check them out as they are all great!

Next up I’m going to finish off my Libby shirt and to make a Solina top in the naked lady fabric and the Seren in my floral fabric. Then I’ll have to decide which pattern to make with the blue gingham viscose I’ve just bought. Which pattern do you think I should choose?

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