I’ve been really inspired by ready-to-wear lately. There’s a lot of fun new items and styles. The tops have gotten so interesting! I love looking through the current summer trends and seeing how I can make it myself by hacking some sewing patterns. I really enjoy altering patterns to get the look I’m going for without having to buy another pattern, and I love sharing that with my readers. I’m excited to share these tops with you and the patterns and fabrics that can be used to create the same look.
1. I’m really loving the knotted front tee look right now. It elevates the tee, but it’s still a comfortable tee! This one even has an extra detail with cold shoulders. And it’s pretty easy to add a cold shoulder to any tee pattern.
2. Off the shoulder tops are SO trendy right now. There aren’t a whole lot of patterns to use yet, but I found a free one! And how pretty would it be with an embroidered border?! I’m such a sucker for embroidered fabrics especially with a gorgeous border. I might need to get some myself. . .
3. A sheer mesh tee with embroidery can be so fun and cool for the summer. It would be great with an handmade cami underneath. You could mix and match colors and prints. I had a really hard time finding sheer patterned or embroidered fabric, but I found a couple to share.
Here are some tips for hemming lace or mesh.
4. I’ve noticed a big trend towards statement sleeves this year, and it’s just so fun. This also gives a basic, simple top a really interesting detail. You would have to extend the bell slightly and curve it so that it overlaps, but that is a simple pattern alteration that you could do!
5. This lyocell tunic is so pretty. I want one right now. The chambray color makes it easy to pair with anything, the lyocell makes it drape and breathable. I couldn’t find any lyocell fabric, but I found some tencel which is a different name for the same fiber.
6. I love a good raglan, and this printed raglan with trim is just so interesting. With a woven raglan tee, you just need to find two coordinating prints and a pretty trim. The pattern can be cut to create a seam line and the trim can be added in that seamline. It’s pretty simple for a statement top!
7. A comfortable tee with gorgeous sleeves. Boom. You could wear this tee all year round. Do you know how easy it is to add a ruffle to a sleeve? Super easy. You could do a shorter one and a longer one to get the double bell sleeve look.
8. These flutter sleeves and flared peplum top is so cute and would be perfect for hot summer days. The solid color makes it easy to match and dress up. I found a similar woven pattern, you would just need to convert it from woven to knit. You could add two flared pieces at the waist for the peplum and add a gathered neckband. I have never seen that done though, so you might need to practice.
I believe you can alter any pattern to get the look you are going for. It’s much easier than you realize and you’ll save a lot of money on patterns! What summer trends are you loving right now? Would you make one of these tops?