Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Piper Misses Top + Dress

on July 3 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 106 Comments

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Have fun with our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Check in each day throughout July for lots of inspiration. You can update your clothing options with items that reflect your style and fit your body!

Name: Piper Misses Top + Dress

Brand: Violette Field Threads

Description: The front of the Piper features darts at the bust that provide ease of fit and a stylish silhouette. The boat style neckline in the front has an optional peter pan collar while the back neckline is scooped and has a show stopping bow with ruffles that cascade down the back of the dress. Short, three quarter and long sleeves make Piper a year round favorite.

Format: PDF + Paper (paper available mid-July)

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Techniques Involved: Bias binding, sewing darts

Sizes: Piper is relaxed fit, mod shift dress and has a wide range of sizes from XXS – XXL.

Recommended Fabrics: Cotton and blends, knits, lace and silks

Price: $10.95 PDF + $12.95 Paper

Customer Examples:

Alexis Wright from Pattern Revolution

Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House

Caroline from Sew Caroline

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! We have THREE copies of the Piper Misses Top + Dress to give away. Your comment on this post enters you to win. Tell us about what you look for in a favorite top… Which features flatter you or make you most comfortable? What do you look for in a top to stretch your wardrobe options?

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106 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Piper Misses Top + Dress

  1. Sally F. says:

    An open back is flattering on almost everybody. A very modest way to show some skin!

  2. Roxanne says:

    I love tops that can be dressed up or down.

  3. Shannon P says:

    I don’t look for versatility in tops-I want something with a crazy pattern or fun feature like a lace inset!

  4. Julie says:

    I like any top that can withstand a two almost three year old boy. Loving the back detail on this!

  5. Kayla says:

    I love a nice fitting top with fun detailing!

  6. Ashley says:

    I love this pattern, especially as a top! I just look for tops that I like, but that don’t show too much skin. This one is great!

  7. Nicole U says:

    I like a top that is form fitting but not to tight. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  8. Karrie Smith says:

    LOVE this pattern. i look for tops that don’t clash with my skin tone (i’m PALE) or hair color (natural it’s red/orange, but I like to dye it red). I also look for a fit I feel comfortable in.

  9. Heather W. says:

    Really nice!

  10. Miet says:

    I like a top that’s relatively fitting.

  11. Catdoesit says:

    So many givaways, so little time… Thanks for theses opportunities 😀

  12. Catarina says:

    Beautiful back!

  13. Sarah says:

    I actually find Tops the hardest to get right, fit wise and style wise. I want my Tops to be dressier than they currently are, but still casual. This one looks perfect. Would love to win!

  14. Annika says:

    I look for a nice fit and some interesting features. like the peter pan collar of this top…

  15. Katerina says:

    I love a scoop neck and natural fabrics. This is an adorable pattern!

  16. sangeetha says:

    Fit fit and fit be it fitted or loose having the correct length, the shape, the right sleeves is a must for me.

  17. Emily says:

    I look for uniqueness and a great colorful print, but with versatility. Can’t go wrong!

  18. Mama Lusco says:

    I love a scoop neck and natural fabrics. This is an adorable pattern!

  19. krystina says:

    I just bought the piper pattern for kids to make a dress for my daughter! I love this pattern, so feminine but not too sweet.

  20. Amanda says:

    When I’m buying tops I always opt for something that nips in at the waist to make it more defined! I like tops with detail at the back such as exposed zips, buttons, partially open/deep v cut or bows. The tops I usually go for are versatile and can be worn with jeans for a casual look or dressed up a bit with skirts.

  21. Jo J says:

    I really have trouble with tops! Having a large bust that is out of proportion to the rest of my body, it’s really hard to find a pattern that flatters. I like tops that fit the bust well without showing all that god gave you to the public!

  22. Siobhan says:

    I like tops that are long enough to cover my ‘mummy tummy’ first and foremost, no crop tops for me 🙂 I love all the variations of the Piper top, it looks to be a very versatile pattern that would be easy to re-make differently each time, lots of mileage to be gained from a single pattern – gets my vote 🙂

  23. Kathleen DeSouza says:

    I love a boxy top. They are forgiving and dressy or causal.
    This top is adorable!!

  24. Kimberly F says:

    I look for tops with interesting details, just something a little different.

  25. Dita says:

    I love sleeves on my top! For some reason I’ve never liked wearing sleeveless tops (even when I was only 8!)
    I love flattering details like peterpan collars! It’s a nice little touch that gives a big impact.

  26. Maddy says:

    I look for a good fit that doesn’t make me look enormous. I also like something special about it- like the gain now on the back of this one!

  27. Kathy says:

    I want comfort and style and ease in upkeep so that means knit usually.

  28. Southern Gal says:

    Love this! My daughter would look fabulous in it. It’s just her style. Thanks for the chance.

  29. Garilyn says:

    I like a shirt that is comfortable and easy to clean!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    I love a top that is fitted around the shoulders and bust but flares at the hips. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. I need a top to have some shape to it but to also be easy to wear -and easy to move around in.

    I love this both as a dress and as a top!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  32. Tasha says:

    I love a modest yet modern style with special details that make it stand out.

  33. Shannon says:

    I’m too new to know what to look for, but I LOVE that bow!

  34. Kiwigirl42 says:

    Something to flatter my hour glass figure

  35. Karen H says:

    Adorable! I look for a top that is not too baggy, more fitting, but not too tight. I am more fond of rounded necklines and v-necks. I love the cut out on the back of this top/dress. Too cute with the bow.

  36. Judi B in VA says:

    I like a higher neckline in the front, but a some tailoring for a flattering fit. Since I am still a nursing mom something with a little extra flare/fabric at bottom is requirement though at this phase of life.

  37. MelissaW says:

    I usually go with a knit top since it covers all sorts of bumps 🙂

  38. Tracy says:

    I like a top with a loose, easy fit. Something that can go from jeans to dressy.

  39. Gemma says:

    I look for tops that go with my work skirts – so I can dress them up or down on the weekend. But maybe I should be looking for a totally work-inappropriate low back top made of coral lace. That one is just stunning.

  40. Tatiana says:

    I like a top that is versatile, and not very fitted

  41. Laura says:

    If I’m going to sew a top, I like for it to be unique. I love the back design. It is perfect!

  42. BJMarley says:

    It has to have sleeves so that I can wear it to work. It needs to look cute.

  43. Amy B says:

    I look for a top that’s fitted but comfortable and has lots of classic features so it will last and be versatile. Although I do love to have a few great fashion pieces and fun prints!

  44. Audrey says:

    I love Peter Pan collars. And I often look for something versatile.

  45. Anita says:

    I like a top that gives some definition to my waist.

  46. Kaylee says:

    I like a top that is versatile. If it looks just as cute under a cardigan as it does alone, then it’s a winner!

  47. Mina says:

    I LOVE this, and will buy a copy if I don’t win! I love just what this top features–the low back. My back is one of my nicest features, and one my boyfriend likes to see, so I LOVE finding patterns that show it off!

  48. Marti says:

    I have wide shoulders so boat necks tend to work best for me. I tend to look for built in darts as I always need to make a bust adjustment. I love that this can be a dress, I am trying to incorporate more dresses into my wardrobe and with the sleeve lengths I could make this work year round!

  49. Mary says:

    This is such a cute top and would look great on my daughter!!!

  50. Mary says:

    My daughter is just learning to sew and this would be so cute on her!!! She is teaching her friend to sew also.

  51. Stacia says:

    I look for a top that’s flattering and easy to wear. I don’t like having to also find the perfect everything to wear under it – I just want to be able to wear the shirt without putting too much thought in everything else.

  52. Laura says:

    I’m wearing a lot of tops that have gathered fabric at the neckline, nice and stretchy, draws the eye up and distracts from my post-baby tummy.

  53. Judy says:

    What a cute dress and top. It looks very easy to sew. I like patterns that are a bit more relaxed and this pattern looks perfect.

  54. Jessica says:

    This is so cute! I love the Peter Pan collar and the bow in the back.

  55. emily p says:

    I love lowbacks and fitted woven blouses

  56. Margaret R says:

    I like a blouse with a lot of ease for movement. I don’t like tight form fitting things.

  57. Jolien says:

    Would love to make this top, but turned around (without the collar of course). Wonder how that’d work out… 😉

  58. Jenniffer says:

    I like a shirt that looks classy but it also comfortable

  59. mjb says:

    I like something that I can wear to work but also looks cute on the weekend.

  60. Jenny L says:

    I need to expand the colors/prints in my closet and sewing clothes for myself may be just the way to do it!

  61. Lelania says:

    I really love romantic, frilly tops that goes well with my pencil skirts for the office or my Sunday best. Casually I love the nautical theme, love stars stripes and bows. When purchasing a blouse pattern, I try to see if I can use a silky fabric and a jersey, that is the best of both worlds. I enjoy relaxed fits and something that is easy to put on, recently made the Bronte top, loving its simplicity! The Piper Misses Top is on my sewing list, it is so fem!

  62. Kat H says:

    Oh, this is a cute pattern! And by a designer I’d never heard of before, so I’m off to go and have a look at them now. 🙂

    I look for tops that are reasonably fitted, and have interesting details (so the Peter Pan collar and scoop back neckline fit the bill quite nicely!).

  63. MelodyJ says:

    I look for extra room in the bust.

  64. Tammie says:

    This looks adorable. I like top patterns with sleeve options.

  65. marjolein says:

    A top should be easy to sew, and easily customized. And it should be long enough, as i’m relatively skinny and tall

  66. wendy says:

    I love a simple button down with a peter pan collar. I crazy love 3/4 length sleeves – so flattering and practical. Great with a skirt or jeans. Sweet!

  67. Denise says:

    I want comfort and style in a top. This looks like it’s full of style, and with plenty of sizes to choose from. Cute!

  68. Shannon says:

    I absolutely love Caroline’s blue polka dot fabric choice! Her white trim really accentuates the bow and other detailing.

  69. I LOVE a boat neck front and deep scoop back. Put it on an a-line top and I’m giddy. Add an unexpected bow detail and I’m down right swooning!

  70. Linda C says:

    I am thrilled to see vintage, feminine patterns coming back into style!

  71. Andrea S. says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! I look for something that’s not too tight around my stomach but that has unique details (like the adorable bow in the back of this pattern!)

  72. Rosemary Bolton says:

    I would LOVE to have this pattern. I am really interested in doing a little garment sewing, most particularly for my superbly brilliant daughter that needs to update and renew her work wardrobe.
    This blouse and dress is a beauty. And the models did a lovely job on theirs!
    I like a good fit, darts if Necessary I am not afraid of that.
    I like feminine patterns

  73. Melanie C says:

    Currently I’m choosing tops that hide my post baby tummy 🙂

  74. Penny Kitzmiller says:

    I love this pattern! I look for a slimming silhouette. Darts and defined waste are important too. I also look for versatile sleeves and hem lines. Thank you for showcasing this wonderful dress pattern.

  75. Mary Jo Barclay says:

    Would love to win this pattern. I just love the bow, very nice it comes in a larger size, so often I miss out due to sizing.

  76. This dress would be so cute on my College Girl–and maybe, just maybe, I could get her to sew.
    What I look for is comfortable fit and a fun design that I can wear for several years.

  77. Catriona says:

    I like a scoop neck rather than a v neck, tighter fitting is better. Nothing that relies on boobs to hold it up, I like straps. Love the bow detail on this top.

  78. Hayley says:

    Love the bow! Sleeves are the biggest thing for me, as a cold frog I don’t buy patterns with short sleeves as I need that little bit more, these are perfection.

  79. I look for a top versatile enough that it can be made in both solids or patterns!

  80. Sondra says:

    so sweet!

  81. Sash says:

    Love a pattern with options so if I make more than one they can all be a little differen!

  82. Madge says:

    I love this pattern!
    My favorite top is one that fits well. I know that sounds like a no brainer but I have very wide shoulders and have a terrible time finding one that allows me to raise my arms and not have my belly hang out.

    Anything with an empire type of waist is my most flattering
    To stretch out my wardrobe I look for tops I can wear with shorts or leggings

  83. Kay says:

    I look for top and dress patterns that have extra details that gives a more polished look.

  84. Alex Martinson says:

    I look for comfort in a top as well as how versatile it is! I like when I can wear a top for multiple occasions!

  85. Tina Luwig says:

    I look for well fitting across the bust and long enough to be modest.

  86. Karen B says:

    I usually choose patterns for tops when there is a detail I like that I would have a hard time just making up myself. Does that make sense? In this one, the open back is a detail I might have a hard time with by myself.

  87. Terri says:

    Great pattern!!! What I look for—-I love a beautiful fit and details like pleats and lace.

  88. Bekk says:

    I like tops that define my waist so I often wear belts. Love the bow detail on this one.

  89. Ngaire Williams says:

    I love the detail at the back of this pattern. I also like long tops to wear with skinny jeans.

  90. Megan says:

    What I look for in a favorite top is fit and comfort. I am really small on top so finding something that fits is a struggle, I also usually find woven tops with sleeves to be confining, so I usually stick to knits. I really love the Piper Miss in both a dress and shirt and am tempted to try it out.

  91. Michelle says:

    I like a top that is easy to put together, has sleeves, comfortable to wear and has details that will stand out

  92. Sarah says:

    I look for simple and classic tops. I also like things that will be comfy!

  93. Carmen N says:

    I’m rather “fluffy” so I love tops that are contoured on the sides to help give me a curvy look.

  94. Michelle, says:


  95. Diana Williams says:

    Very cute dress! Thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Sammy says:

    I love anything that is fitted without being tight. I also love bright colors!

  97. Michele says:

    I need a top that allows for an easy full bust adjustment. But otherwise I want something that is fun and versatile based on fabric selection.

  98. I like a top without a low or even scooped neck but not stand up collar either. I think it is flattering if it drops just to hips, not below or above.

  99. Rachel says:

    I love a top that is made with a material with a little bit of stretch. It more suits my busy lifestyle. I also look for feminine details like the bow and collar on this shirt would compliment my wardrobe very nicely.

  100. Toni Leli says:

    I always look for solid fabrics and patterns not too form-fitting.

  101. Deborah says:

    I look for top patterns that are simple but have some sort of feminine detail that makes them look a bit more special than a plain t-shirt or simple shirt.

  102. LizJ says:

    What do I look for in a top pattern? Number one, it has to be fairly easy to alter for a larger cup size. Since the Piper dress/top already has darts, that makes the fitting job easier.

    Secondly, I’ve discovered that as a curvy generous sized woman, I look good in tops that are fitted but not too tight. And I want at least cap or short sleeves for most tops because my upper arms are generous (to say the least).

    Finally, I look for top designs that are somewhat unusual and not ordinary/boring. I tend to like vintage-inspired designs, and unique features, like the bow on the back of the Piper dress/top.

  103. Sarah says:

    I look for a top that’s fitted, fashionable and comfortable too. This is a cute pattern that I hadn’t seen before. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  104. Amy Mayen says:

    For me; I look at fit for my body type. Will it fit in the bust; will it hang in a flattering way, or look boxy? And wearability-can I wear it often, will it pair with most of my wardrobe. This one is so cute and I could sew it in knits, so it’s a winner:)

  105. Nicole says:

    I like tops that are unique and hide the “6 pack” I have after having 4 kids

  106. jeanine says:

    I look for something a bit fitted but also a little flow. I like woven or knot options

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