Homemade Clothes: Freehand Top

You don’t need a pattern to make a new top, just a well-loved one you already own so you can replicate the best bits and know it’ll fit. And because the straight seams of this freehand design makes it easy to hand stitch, you don’t even need a sewing machine.

As the weather warms up and we’re pulling off our jumpers, now’s a great time to be whipping up a top or two to celebrate the new spring season. Picking up a vintage sheet from the op shop is a really economical way to buy fabric. In fact, you can generally pick up a queen-sized sheet for less than you’d pay per metre when buying fabric new. And because it’s secondhand, it’s usually worn-in and well-washed, so you know it’s going to be soft and isn’t going to shrink the first time you wash it.

Because it’s such a simple process, once you get an understanding of how it comes together you can very easily alter the ‘pattern’. You can make it long-sleeved, sleeveless or even lengthen it to turn it into a dress. It’s the same process, it’s just trusting what you’ve learnt and altering the measurements.