LOL Swing Top Inspiration

This is Linda's first post on the UpCraft Club blog. Let's give her a warm welcome!

Hello! My name is Linda, and I blog about sewing, homeschooling, and life over at Sew Happily Ever After. I'm excited to be part of the blogging team for UpCraft Club. I have lots of fun things planned for my blog posts. I hope you will follow along and find some inspiration!

What could be cuter than 2 girls in matching LOL Swing Tops? Nothing! I had been wanting to try this pattern for quite some time, and I finally had my chance.

I made a size 7 for my youngest daughter and size 3-6 months for my baby niece. Both are a perfect fit and they both look absolutely scrumptious!

What do I love about this pattern?
  • can be made in knit or woven
  • excellent instructions for binding
  • tips and suggestions for getting a perfect fit
  • full size pattern pieces
  • learn to apply bias tape the correct way (a cheater method is also included, but I find that my results with bias tape are always more professional if I do it the correct way--even though it is more time consuming)

I love the simplicity of this top, plus the fun details. The racer back is an adorable feature that makes the top nice and breezy for the summer. The seams are all enclosed in binding or with a lining. You can even sew the side seams with french seams (a plus if you have a child who has sensitivity issues).

This pattern would also be perfect for fall if you layered a long sleeve tee underneath it. Better yet, you could even layer a cardigan over top. Add some skinny jeans and boots, and you have a cute new outfit for back to school or a fun fall party.
The details:
  • size range: newborn through 12 years old
  • printing guide so you can print just the pages needed for your size
  • layered printing so you can print only the size you need
  • cutting diagrams
  • detailed illustrations guide you step-by-step through the process.

This pattern is a perfect project for a new seamstress. It's not so challenging that a newbie would be discouraged, but it still allows a newer seamstress to learn some skills and work on the basics with professional results. A more experienced seamstress will find this pattern a fun and easy sew. In fact when I made the second top, I didn't even need to glance at the directions, it is that quick and easy to make.

This pattern calls for narrow binding, but I accidentally purchased the extra wide binding and it worked out just fine. I already have another planned, and I'm hoping I have time to make it before these girls outgrow it!

Go get the LOL Swing Top pattern now! And be sure to share your versions with us on Instagram by tagging @UpCraftClub and @sewhappyeverafter. #lolswingtop

August 22, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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Rebecca said:

Super cute! My nieces may be getting some of these!

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