Thursday, June 18, 2015

LOL Swing Top

Have you heard of the Friday Fiver? Every other week on the blog Crafterhours, you can score a great deal on a sewing pattern, $5 for that day only. A while back I picked up the LOL Swing Top pattern, from Jennuine Design. It's a cute little girl's top featuring a racerback and an exaggerated A-line shape.

I wasn't completely sure how I'd feel about the shape, but what drew me to the pattern is that it can be made in a knit or woven. The woven version has a button at the shoulder. I have very few patterns for wovens, but somehow I've still managed to acquire adorable woven fabric. It needs to be made into something and not just sitting on my shelf!

That being said, this version is in a knit :)

I thought I might hate all the extra volume in this top, but it turned out pretty darn cute (my cutie pie model doesn't hurt, either!). This is a size 3T. The only modification is that I removed a 1/2" wedge from CB of the yoke for my daughter's narrow shoulders. Just like mom!

It's also unhemmed, because it could probably use some more length. Normally I'd be daunted by adding length to a crazy silhouette like this one, but the pattern gave some great directions on how to do it. This was my first pattern from Jennuine Designs and it was excellent. It had all those little features that make PDF patterns easy to use (layered sizes and a page printing guide just to name a few).

As you can tell, AB loves it! 

The fabric is a cotton jersey from The Fabric Fairy (sold out). It's my absolute favorite fabric. Ever. I've made myself one dress from it (and matching undies!) this top for AB, and I have a dress for Baby H cut and ready to sew. Y'know, so we can all match like total goobers. The knit bands are a cotton/spandex knit from Girl Charlee.

If you have a little girl who likes to twirl, this pattern is perfect! I can't wait to try it with a woven and use some of the fabric I've been hoarding. In the meantime, this top will be getting plenty of use this summer!


  1. Adorable! Oh, and the top is pretty sweet, too. AND the boots. :-)

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you loved the pattern! Such a cutie!


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