Morning Glory Top

Sarah Kirsten Morning Glory Top 3

A free plus size sewing pattern for beginners? Look no further!

The Morning Glory Top is a free top pattern from the lovely Sarah Kirsten (Check out my post on free plus size sewing patterns for beginners).

Sarah Kirsten Morning Glory Top

I made this top in some slightly shiny brick coloured cotton fabric which I got for the grand sum of $2 per metre from The Fabric Store. I wore this top a lot last summer, and devised an ingenious method for wrapping the ties around my bra strap before tying, if I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t showing.

Sarah Kirsten Morning Glory Top 2

Sizing Details: The instructions step you through drafting the top for your own measurements, so there’s no sizing to speak of here. I tried to ensure that the back ties were quite wide, so that they covered more of my back as they met, but that’s entirely up to you as you are drafting.

I think this pattern is perfect for beginner plus size sewists!

A hacked ruffle sleeve top

Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Top Cotton 2

It’s quite hard finding good sewing patterns for larger ladies, and I’ve had so many fails with paid patterns that when I find free plus size sewing patterns, I definitely have to find out more.

I’ve learnt so much from sewing the Peppermint Magazine‘s free sewing patterns, and I hacked a couple of short sleeves versions of their popular Ruffle Sleeve Top.

Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Top Cotton

Sizing Details: I made a Size J and in addition to omitting the ruffle sleeve, I omitted the entire sleeve. I used my burrito facing method which the Peppermint Jumpsuit pattern taught me to fully enclose the raw edges of the armholes and neck in the facing.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this hack because I did nothing to address the different drafting for sleeved and sleeveless things, so this top is forever falling off my shoulders. But, as far as free basic sewing patterns for beginners go, this one is a winner!

Cashmerette Pembroke Dress

Cashmerette Pembroke Stripes

This Pembroke Dress from Cashmerette is actually a mashup of both the tunic and dress version of the pattern, since I wanted a desperately wanted both that amazing neck and the ties that drew me to the pattern.

Since Cashmerette patterns have such a curve between the waist and the hip, I usually choose this spot to simply add to the curve by starting on the size 20 line, and eventually curving out to the size I need by the time you hit the hip (which usually has a notch).

Cashmerette Pembroke Striped 2

Size details: I sewed a size 20 at the bust, grading out to a size 22 at the hips.

Ruffle Sleeve Free Plus Size Pattern

Style Arc Ethel Pants 2

I’m always looking for free printable plus size sewing patterns!

Peppermint Magazine’s free minimalist sewing patterns haven’t always been so size inclusive, but all but one of their patterns which were drafted by Emily from In The Folds go up to a 54.5″hip.

Style Arc Ethel Pants

Sizing Details: I made a Size J, omitted the ruffle on the sleeve and did a faux Full-Bicep-Adjustment by sewing very small seams in the arms. They’re still too tight, but are hidden by the busy pattern.

I learn sew much every time I sew these free modern sewing patterns from Peppermint Magazine. This shirt has a great facing, and french-seamed arm holes!

Scribble Peplum top

Peppermint Peplum Rayon 2

This Peplum top is a free plus size sewing patterns for beginners from in Peppermint Magazine in Australia and is drafted by the lovely Emily from In The Folds.

I had enough fabric leftover from my Scribble Rayon Adeline to make the peplum with an extra long frill, which makes it long enough to style with pants that aren’t super high-waisted.

Have you read this article on the difference between a frill & a flounce? Neither had I until I was looking for how to describe the bottom part of the peplum!

Pepermint Peplum Rayon

I have another 3 of these tops in the ‘almost finished’ sewing pile, which I’m excited to be able to wear next summer!


Size Details: Although my measurements put me between a J-K on the Peppermint scale, I actually sewed a size H and am wearing it on a 47″bust and 54″ hip.