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!

Liberty Lawn Springfield Top

Cashmerette Springfield Tana Lawn

I wish I had a picture of the dress that this top used to be so that I could share a before and after.

This Springfield Top pattern from Cashmerette is a recent purchase and has quickly become a Tried-and-True pattern in my wardrobe!

Cashmerette Springfield Tana Lawn 3

This liberty lawn was a very “spendy” purchase from The Fabric Store and was originally a StyleArc dress that I never wanted to wear, even though I loved the print.

Sizing Details: I’ve sewed the C/D cup bodice in a Size 20 at the bust, grading out to a size 22 at the hips. I’m wearing the top here with a 47″ bust and 54″ hip.

Rivermont Dress in Chorizo

Cashmerette Rivermont Dress Red 2

I got this glorious ponte from Tessuti in Australia. I got a sample of this and a delicious chartreuse and eventually decided that this colour was perhaps more practical. In reality, I wish I’d bought both.

Cashmerette Rivermont Dress Red

Cashmerette‘s Rivermont Dress & Peplum pattern is probably a t’n’t pattern at this point, and it’s so comfortable to wear, I’ve been hanging out for winter.

Sizing Details: I sewed a size 20 bodice, grading out to a 22 at the waist and a size 24 at the hip.

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.