I used some of my stash fabric and Purl Bee’s tutorial to sew several of these lightweight summer tops for my nine-year-old daughter. All you need is approx. 1/2 yard of fabric, a yard of 3/8″ elastic, and an hour or two in front of your sewing machine.
I made the first top from the blue and purple flower print fabric, which feels like a typical quilting weight cotton. I love the print, but it wasn’t quite the look I was going for, so I tried again, this time with a Liberty of London-type flowered yarn. I find this fabric much more difficult to sew with, but it definitely resulted in the light, floaty effect that I was looking for.
I like many of the style features of this project, including the french seams (important for the lawn, but not really necessary if sewing with cotton), the tie straps (so you don’t have to worry about getting the length just right), and the way you can adjust the fit just by adjusting the elastic band across the bodice.
If I was sewing for a younger girl, I would make the top a little longer – kind of an A-line swing top fit – but I think that it looks better at a shorter length, hitting just a little below the waistline, on an older girl. This would make a great first sewing project – it’s the kind of instant gratification sewing that I need during the summer months!Pin It