Jennifer Casa from JCasa *handmade shares Undaunted, a free summer top pattern you can adjust to you! Each month Jennifer has a new project featuring one of our favorite collections from the shop. Today’s top shows off the lovely (and perfect for summer) Nest collection by Valori Wells. You might remember Jennifer’s earlier projects… Patchwork Notebooks, the beautiful Quilted Snack Set or last month’s fun “Leisurely” Dress Pattern.

Visit JCasa *handmade for more of Jennifer’s free sewing and knitting tutorials, and be sure to visit her shop too.

Hello, Summer!

Keeping in theme with Make It, Wear It! month, the girls at Sew,Mama,Sew! and I talked about making a pattern based on an existing garment. And for me, it all started with a little thrifted top I had recently picked up for my girls.

Even though I could not exactly fit into their cute little number, I thought that the general concept would work on a woman-– On many women, in fact. I’ve broken it down so that it is super-simple to make, and can be adjusted to flatter pretty much every figure in any season.

Upon closer inspection, I determined that my girls’ top was basically a tank top with elasticized thread at the waist, neck and arms. I knew it would definitely work on the waistline for women of all shapes and sizes, but I wanted to find a more flattering neckline. Enter the wide boat-neck-– I absolutely love the way it naturally falls off your shoulder, a little bit alluring and still totally presentable.

For my grown-up twist on that cute little top, I have chosen the lovely Berries Rose from the Nest collection by Valori Wells for FreeSpirit Fabrics. The birds, the sweet prints… Each fabric in the Nest collection sings a song of Summertime. The weight of the fabric is pure perfection for this summer top and it feels wonderful against your skin.

Treat yourself to some pretty fabric and whip up this great little summer top. Make a slightly longer version to throw on over your bathing suit. And in cooler weather, layer one made in wool jersey over a long-sleeved top. Go on— Shorten it, lengthen it, narrow it, widen it— Have at it! After all, this is your top.

I hope you enjoy Undaunted and have fun customizing it to fit and flatter your figure. Download the Undaunted Top Pattern PDF and start sewing! And if you make anything with Nest or using any of our free PDF patterns and tutorials, please show off your creations in the Sew,Mama,Sew! Flickr pool. Enjoy and happy making! xoxo

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