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Make more with your patterns - The Big Easy Top
1st February 2016

Big Easy Jersey Top

I love experimenting with The Maker’s Atelier sewing patterns, as half the fun of making your own clothes, is being able to manipulate the style to suit you.

I designed The Big Easy Top because I wanted a warm, easy to wear item for January. But last week I thought I’d really like the round-necked version in a viscose / Lycra jersey. This is a completely different fabric from the chunky boiled wool or micro-fleece the pattern was intended for, so I have made some variations to the original.

Altering a pattern

Both of my new tops are longer than the original sewing pattern. For the Graphite Grey top I decided I wanted to lengthen the top by 10cm / 4 inches. So at a point 40cm or 16 inches from the centre back neck, I split my pattern to add the additional length.

 Jersey top

I didn’t want raw-edges so I also decided to turn back the edges by 1cm, and use a zigzag stitch to finish. This allows for some stretch and gives a decorative finish. I did not add the additional 1 cm turning as I was happy to have a slightly wider neckline in the lighter jersey. I then made the style up as instructed in the pattern.

Fabric Lay

Here is the lay if you wish to replicate what I have done. You will need 1.60 metres of 150 wide fabric. The fabric is folded in two lengthways and the pattern pieces placed as shown.

Altering a pattern

For the Cobalt Blue top I thought I’d like a looser and longer look. I also decided to remove the seam down the centre front and back. So I folded my fabric in two and placed my pattern pieces on the fold line with the 1cm seam allowance over the fold.

I then drew a line parallel to the centre front / back from the under arm point.  I made this 68cm in length; this includes 8cm or 3 inches for the hem.  

Fabric Lay

Here is the lay if you wish to replicate the Cobalt Blue top. You will need 1.70 metres of 150 wide fabric. The fabric is folded in two lengthways and the pattern pieces placed as shown.

For both tops you may wish to shorten the sleeves as the fold back cuff doesn't work as well with jersey fabrics as boiled wool or micro-fleece.

Both tops look great when worn with skinny jeans or leggings.