I had so many options and such grand plans for my stop on the Knock It Off tour this year! But when it came right down to it, I went for something simple. That’s partly because I really do prefer simple shapes and simple clothing, and partly because my spring pretty much went to hell in a handbasket. Work has been crazy busy ever since the beginning of the year, and then my husband blew out his Achilles, and my oldest had a rare autoimmune reaction to a virus and spent 5 nights in the hospital. Whew!
So in the end, I needed to settle for some quick sews to reset my sewing mojo. And it so happens that a style blogger I follow posted this Modcloth top on Instagram one day and I suddenly developed an urgent need to add a loose floral top to my closet!
The pattern wasn’t hard — the Hey June Santa Fe (affiliate link) is loose and flowy and has the added benefit of already being in my stash 🙂 Finding the perfect fabric was a little more challenging. I was fairly surprised at how much difficulty I had finding a large-scale floral print on an ivory background. I found plenty on black or pink backgrounds, but really struggled with ivory.
The Canadian shop Water Tower Textiles had an amazing floral that I really wanted, but alas, they don’t ship to the US 🙁 So instead I found an incredibly soft double-brushed poly from my trusty standby, Cali Fabrics.
And the result is that I have a lovely, flowy floral top for spring and summer! The fabric is amazingly soft and beautiful and I just want to pet myself while wearing it. The Santa Fe is a quick sew with a great fit and I will undoubtedly be adding more (with and without sleeves) to my wardrobe for the summer.
I tend to gravitate towards solids and stripes far more often than florals, so this is a top that I may never have made if it wasn’t for this challenge. It was nice to have the extra motivation!
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour!
Monday, April 24
Tuesday, April 25
Wednesday, April 26
Thursday, April 27
Friday, April 28
Pattern: Santa Fe Top (affiliate link) by Hey June
Price: $10.00 USD
Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, attaching a neckband, sewing a curved hem.
- 6 views
- 3 sleeve/strap options
- Color blocking options
- Lightweight knit fabric
- Matching thread
Similar Patterns: The possibilities are numerous. Swing tops and dresses are all the rage now, and the market is awash. Just a few of the many options are the Love Notions Laundry Day Tee (affiliate link), the Closet Case Ebony, and the Named Minttu Swing Top. But there are many more.
Fabric: Double-brushed poly from Cali Fabrics
Fit: Great. I made zero fit modifications to this top and it is practically perfect in every way.
Modifications: I omitted the center front and back seam by cutting on the fold. That is an included option.
Pattern format: PDF. This PDF is a MONSTER! That’s largely because there are so many views that require different pattern pieces. I had this one printed in the large scale version and I am glad I did. I think I would have gone mad trying to piece this one together.
- Very easy construction for a very fast sew.
- Great shape and fit.
- Lots of options for a swing top. Unless you want a different sleeve type (set in or raglan), you wouldn’t need another swing top pattern.
- No set in or raglan sleeves for the sleeved version.
- The PDF print-at-home is so large it would almost be unmanageable. Thankfully the pattern comes with a copy shop version. This pattern would have been a prime candidate to break the different views up into different files.
Overall Grade: B. Great drafting and fit. But the file size is incredibly daunting.