Sarah Kirsten (@sarkirsten on Instagram) created the Morning Glory Top, a delicious exposed-back, cropped top that can be sewed up in a jiffy. The best thing is Sarah generously and graciously offers this pattern for free, which can be downloaded on her blog.
My daughter woke up unexpectedly early today, and we decided to do something fun by sewing up something that we can wear together. The Morning Glory Top is the perfect project to do with my eight-year old. It is not only a quick sew, but it is also a good introduction to anyone who is interested in trying out some basic drafting skills.
The pattern that is available to download is not a readily drafted pattern to print on paper that one has to piece together with scissors and glue-stick. Rather, it is a simple instruction manual on how to measure yourself and draft your own top directly onto the fabric. Genius! And we get to save some trees in the process as well.
Through a series of diagrams, the instructions guide you through the whole process simply and effectively. Even my daughter was able to follow along and understand how this top is constructed. So any beginner sewer can handle this.
There are only two pattern pieces to draft – the front bodice and the back bodice. It is recommended to close the shoulder and side seams with French seams. Then the neck/back, bottom and sleeve hems are closed by double-turning the raw edges. It is not specified how wide these hems should be, but a narrow 1/4” hem is what I did and is what works. If the hems are any wider, it might be tricky to turn them twice at the curve of the neckline.
Both tops were drafted within 45 minutes, and both tops took about an hour each to complete from the first to last stitch. So I’m not exaggerating when I say that this top can be done in the span of a morning. In fact, I made two tops by noon time.
I made a few adjustments to the pattern for my daughter because of her smaller frame. If you want to modify this pattern for a child, here are some suggestions:
- At Step 3: Cut a quarter circle with radius of 3” (instead of3 1⁄2”) on the folded side.
- At Step 4: Cut the shoulder diagonally 1.5” (instead of 2”) down to the other side.
- At Step 5: Make a pencil mark at 1.5” (instead of 2”) in from the side along the bottom.
Here’s a picture of the 3 adjustments made. But I think you will only be able to understand it properly if you have a copy of the original download to compare this with.
I made an adjustment for my top as well by using self-made bias binding to close up the hems for the neck, the back and the sleeves. I wanted a spot of fun and colour to contrast the plain-blue front bodice. And as I am writing now, I am playing around with the idea to do some sashiko embroidery on it.
This Morning Glory pattern lifted our mundane morning to a magnificent one. We bonded over a sewing project! What more can I ask for?
It was gratifying for my daughter to choose her own fabrics from the scrap pile, and do some print matching for herself. All the fabrics used for both our tops were leftovers from other makes, so this top is also a great scrap-buster. And it’s FREE!!! Don’t wait any longer, do download it and may your next morning be just as magnificent.