The next addition to the free pattern that is available to newsletter subscribers is a sleeve!! A 3/4 sleeve takes the simple sleeveless boxy top to a more seasonally apt top. As always the pattern is free to download if you are a newsletter subscriber. The newsletter has full instructions how to download the pattern. These are the instructions for how to make this version of the top.
This top works in a variety of fabrics including, cotton lawn, cotton poplin, linen, cotton blends, double gauze, dupion silk and other medium weight fabrics.
You will also need a light weight fusible interfacing.
See pattern for fabric quantities
Use pieces A and B from the first pattern cut 1 on the fold.
Use piece G from the button back version – cut 1 on fold
C – Cut 1 pair
F – Cut 1 on fold.
How to make:
The seam allowance is 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.
Apply fusible interfacing to the facing pieces.
- With RST pin and stitch the facing pieces at the shoulder seams. Neaten the inner raw edge of the facing pieces.
2. With RST pin and stitch front to back at shoulder seams. Neaten raw edges.
3. With RST and shoulder seams matched pin the neck facing to the neck edge. Stitch.
4. Trim the seam to approx 1cm and clip around the neck seam.
5. Under-stitch the neck edge. To do this open out the facing to expose the right side of the seam. Stitch approx 2-3mm away from the seam and on the facing side. Ensure as you stitch you catch the seam on the underside.
6. Push the facing to the inside and press.
7. With RST pin the sleeve to the armhole edge. Matching sleevehead centre to the shoulder seam.
8. Stitch the seam and neaten the raw edge. Press the seam towards the sleeve.
9. Turn and press the lower sleeve edge up 1cm and then a further 3cm. At this point leave this pressed but not stitched. This makes it easier when you come to hem the sleeve.
10. With RST pin the sleeve and side seams together, open out the pressed sleeve hem so you can stitch from the raw edge.
11. Stitch the seam pivoting at sleeve seam and neaten the raw edges.
12. Re-fold the sleeve hem along the pressed lines.
13. Stitch near the inner edge.
14. Turn and press the same size hem along the lower edge and stitch.
15. To complete hand stitch the neck facing at the shoulder seams to the shoulder seams of the top.