Ruffle Swing Top (Free For Now) + GIVEAWAY

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!

I spy a giftcard in a cute little envelope!

Let’s get started!

Things You Will Need:

  • Knit fabric – 1.5 ~ 2 yards
  • Polyester thread
  • Stay Tape or fusible knit interfacing – recommended
  • Pattern – see bottom of post

*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.

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. Now you will have 2 large circles. 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.

I didn’t get any pictures of the neck binding but the sleeve binding here is the same method
After topstitching

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!

Stop before you get to the topstitching

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!

HOW TO GET THE RUFFLE SWING TOP PATTERN

  • Review the finished garment measurement chart below
  • Comment below one size that you want including your email address

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!

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105 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. I requested the wrong size in my previous post. Please send me a size 8. Thank you so much for this pretty pattern ❤❤❤

    1. Hi Glenda,

      Got it! 🙂
      Today I’m sending out request confirmations and everyone who has confirmed should be getting the pattern by Tuesday.

      Zune

    1. 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?

      1. 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) 😊

        1. Do you mean upper bust or actually your under bust measurement is 37″?

          I’ve sent a request confirmation email to you.

  3. size 20 please and I really like the floral print fabric organic monaluna cotton, thx for sharing all these beautiful patterns xxxx

  4. Hello Zune,

    Thankyou for your kindness in sharing this pattern. Could you please forward a size 20 pattern for me.
    Kind Regards
    Nicole

  5. Zune,
    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 🙂

    1. Hi Robin,
      Excellent choice! I’d love to your finished project pictures. I’ve sent you a request confirmation email.

  6. Hi Zune, I’d be a size 18 please and I’d choose the Natural White or White Bamboo Jersey from The Sewing Retreat

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