I am officially obsessed with ruffles! I feel like the only thing that’s been getting me through this chilly and extremely foggy weather is planning some fun summer wardrobe. I created the swing top with 2 layers of ruffles using this organic bamboo fabric from The Sewing Retreat. I have eczema and constant Rheumatoid Arthritis flare ups so I really enjoy wearing breathable, loose fitting clothes made from natural fibers. And since both my kids have bad eczema as well, I’ll be making outfits for them from this fabric which I’ll post the patterns as I make them. I’m looking forward to a super comfy summer wardrobe for all of us!
Also, I’m collaborating with The Sewing Retreat – one of my favorite online shops for organic fabrics and trims – to give away a $5 gift card as well as a 5% discount code so go treat yourself to some eco friendly fabrics and sew some pretty tops with me! Scroll to the bottom of this post to get the discount code, instructions on how to enter the giveaway and how to get this ruffle top pattern.
This ruffle swing top was one of the 7 looks from my capsule collection which was voted by several sewing groups on Facebook as the most fun to wear and easy to make for all sewing levels. A big shout out to my fellow sewists for taking the time to vote!
Let’s get started!
Things You Will Need:
- Knit fabric – 1.5 ~ 2 yards
- Polyester thread
- Stay Tape or fusible knit interfacing – recommended
- Pattern here
*This pattern does NOT include any seam allowances . Only the half circles for the ruffles have an extra 1/4″ seam allowance added.
Don’t forget to prewash your fabric! I put mine in a laundry bag, washed it in cold water, and then hung it to dry. A warm iron will get rid of any wrinkles after drying, but be sure to test a small area first or use a pressing cloth when ironing. Also if you’re worried about the weight of the double ruffles pulling down on the neckline, try just 1 layer. Trust me, it will still look beautiful! See here for the single ruffle look. If you’re making the top in woven, add a hem allowance as well as seam allowances for the ruffles. See here for the rayon challis version.
To start off, you should have front and back bodice pieces as well as 4 circles to make the ruffles. From the self fabric, cut 3 1” wide strips cross grain – 1 strip being 1/2” longer than the entire neckline measurement, 2 strips that are 1/2” longer than the armhole measurement.
Use a knit stay tape around the neckline, shoulders, and armhole if you’re worried about the fabric drooping during wear. I like to make my own stay tape from a yard of fusible knit interfacing – it takes a bit of time but it’s so much cheaper than the rolls. I just use my rotary cutter and a self healing cutting board to cut bias strips that are 1/8” larger than my seam allowance.
Put the front and back bodices right sides together. Sew and finish only the shoulder seams. Either stay stitch the V or draw in the V with a chalk or disappearing fabric marker. Then clip about 1/8” from the point of the V.
Cut open each circle. Sew the same sized circles together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Knit won’t fray so you don’t have to worry about finishing the edges but you can double stitch and trim off the edge or use an overlocker if it bothers you. Place the smaller circle above the larger one and stitch them together within the seam allowance.
Place the ruffles around the neckline aligning them with the V. Stay stitch all 3 layers within the seam allowance.
Neck binding…Take the longest 3/4” strip that you had cut and sew it into a loop with a 1/4” seam allowance. After pressing the seams open, pin the right side of the band on the right side of the neckline above the ruffles and sew all the layers together. Then wrap the binding over the seams and sew another seam. *You can trim the seam allowances if they’re too thick. Fold the binding over onto the wrong side of the top and then topstitch.
The neckline is pretty much done except the fact that it will now look rounded instead of a V shape. To turn the rounded neck back into a V, fold the front bodice in half inside out and you will notice how the binding sticks out. Sew a straight line stopping before the topstitching and when you turn the top right side out, there will be a beautiful V neckline!
Now let’s put the bodice together by sewing and finishing the side seams. Moving onto the armscye which is finished the same way as the neckline – sew the ends together to make a loop and press the seams open. Pin the right side of the band to the right side of the armhole and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance. Wrap the binding over the seam allowance, sew it in place, and then fold the binding over onto the wrong side and then topstitch. And you’re done!
$5 THE SEWING RETREAT GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY + 5% OFF CODE
- Visit The Sewing Retreat and pick your favorite organic fabric or trim
- Comment below what you would buy if you won along with your email address
- Use code HAPPYSEWING at checkout to get 5% of any purchases. Enjoy!
The winner will be randomly selected and notified on March 22nd. Please check both your inbox and junk folder. Don’t forget to mark zune@zunessewingtherapy as a safe sender. Good luck!
Hello! I will need size 6 in the beautiful ruffle top. Thank you so much!❤❤❤
Size 4 please! Thank you!
Hey Zune. Size 14 please. I cannot wait to sew it!
Size 10 would be wonderful. Thank you!!
Size 20 please and thank you
Love it! I’m Size 4 please
Gorgeous top! I would like a size 18 please
Beautiful! Size 8!
Size 16 please x
Is it stil possible to get the pattern for the ruffle top? I really love it!
This pattern is currently available to pattern testers. You will get a free pattern in your choice of size which you will have 3 weeks to make. Please let me know if you’re interested and I can email you more info.
Hi! Size 8 would be great!
I would purchase the zips made with organic cotton
Size 6 please. firstname.lastname@example.org
Such a cute top! Size 6 would fit me perfectly!
Ooo wee size 18 please
How beautiful! I’d love a size 14 please.
Size 4 please! Deannacleanseverything@gmail.com
Love! Size 2 please
Size 8 please
Size 6 and 8 pls. For me and my sister. Thanj h
I would love a size 2
Size 6 please ❤️
Size 8 email@example.com
I would loke Size 4 please. Thank you
I need size 16 please! Although I m a little confused, my full bust measure 40 inches , so I m hoping 16 is the correct size!
Size 2 please
Size 14 please 🙂
Size 6, super cute!
Size 10 please.
Hi! I’ll take size 10 please! firstname.lastname@example.org
Size 6 Please!
Size 20 please
Thank you so much! I would love the size 16 🙂
Super cute!! Size 10
I requested the wrong size in my previous post. Please send me a size 8. Thank you so much for this pretty pattern ❤❤❤
Got it! 🙂
Today I’m sending out request confirmations and everyone who has confirmed should be getting the pattern by Tuesday.
Perfect for the summer. I would love to have size 4. Thank you!
Brilliant, thank you, size 14 please.
Size 8 please!
Size 16 and 10 please. For me and my daughter
Size 18 please
Size 16 please
I am a size 18 this top is so damn cute
Size 8 please. Such a feminine top!
Size 4, please!
Size 2 please. Thank you 🙂
This looks lovely great for spring and summer would love to try a size uk 10 please my email is email@example.com
Size 18 please
Size 14 please. Such a pretty blouse!
Size 20 Please
Size 6 please and Thank You!
Size 2 please!!!
I’d like to try size 4, please!
Size 10 please
Good day – I’m used to picking a size based off body measurements, not finished measurements. I see no mention of how much wearing ease you have built into your pattern? My Full Bust measurement is 38,6inches, so I’m hoping that a size 16 would be the correct size?
Thanks for your reply on the main Facebook thread, Zune. Given your response, I realised I completely misunderstood the measurement reqd. My underbust is only 37 inches (vs full but if 38.6) & therefore given your answer & info regarding ease, it looks like I should have rather asked for a size 12, please… not a size 16 (which makes more sense since I’m usually a 12 it 14 in most patterns) 😊
Do you mean upper bust or actually your under bust measurement is 37″?
I’ve sent a request confirmation email to you.
Size 6 please
Loveyl top. Size 16 please
I would like size 20 in ruffled top
I think that the size 18 will be perfect for my daughter
Size 12 please!
size 2 please firstname.lastname@example.org
Size 4 email@example.com
Size 6 please!
What a cute top!
Hoe kind of you to share the pattern! Size 12 please!
so very cute!!! i’d love a size 14 🙂
This pattern looks lovely, I would like a size 20 please!
This is so cute!!! Thanks for the free top! Size 18 please
I love this top. Size 12 please. Thanks!
Beautiful!! Size 12 please
Love this! SIze 14 please
Size 4 please
So cute would love to try and make this sz.8 should be right thanks
Size 18 thank you
I’d like to try a 14. Thank you!
Beautiful top!! I would be a size 6!:) Skyayala@ymail.com
Size 4 please! Can’t wait to try this pattern out!!
I’d love a size 10 please. Thankyou so much.
Could I have size 20
I would love a size 4 please. Thanks so much. <3
Size 16 please
This is so adorable!! I would love to try it in a size 6 please!! Great tutorial! Seems easy to follow:)
size 4 please! thank you very much, can’t wait to try the pattern!
Size 18 please
Size 12 works great!
I like all the elastic trim
size 20 please and I really like the floral print fabric organic monaluna cotton, thx for sharing all these beautiful patterns xxxx
I would like size 18 and 20 please.
Thankyou for your kindness in sharing this pattern. Could you please forward a size 20 pattern for me.
I love this pattern, it looks sew comfortable !!I would need a size 20 please and I will purchase the Black Bamboo Jersey – 100% Organic and send you a picture when I get it done .
Thank you sew much , Have a funtastic day 🙂
Excellent choice! I’d love to your finished project pictures. I’ve sent you a request confirmation email.
I would love a size 6 please!
I’d love a size 8. thank you
Size 10 please!
Size 12 or 14. I think that would make a cute Summer top. https://www.thesewingretreat.co.uk/product-page/red-large-check-gingham-cotton-fabric-100-organic
I would like to try size 2 please
Hi Zune, I’d be a size 18 please and I’d choose the Natural White or White Bamboo Jersey from The Sewing Retreat
Size 12 for me, please & thank you:)
Hi Zune – I adore this pattern and would choose a size 16. I adore the bamboo jersey. Thank you!
Beautiful. Size 16 please. firstname.lastname@example.org
So adorable! Size 4 please. Thanks so much!
I need a size 20…
Size 16 please Zune. Love this pattern. Xx
Size 22 please
This pattern is currently available to pattern testers. Please let me know if you’re interested.
Do you still need pattern testers.
I’m needing testers in sizes 10 ~ 20. Please let me know what size you’d like to be doing.
I’ll be sending out forms to anyone who is interested by Tuesday. Please check both your inbox and junk folders.
I need a size 12 and am interested in being a pattern tester
hi can we still get this pattern pls
i would need a size 18 pls
hi can we still get this pattern pls
i would need a size 18 pls
The testing period for it is over but the pattern is available here
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