Sew Caroline Sugar Pop top

Designer: Sew Caroline Pattern: Sugar pop top
Type of fabric: Cotton Cream and Navy
Amount of fabric used: Sorry did make note of this
Notions I used: fusible Interfacing, Thread, 1/2″ single fold bias binding

My measurements:

Bust: 34.5″ Waist: 30″ Hips: 41″
Cut Size:

Date: Feb 2016


I love the look of this pattern 1) it has a Peter pan collar, winner!! and 2) it has 2 sleeve options, flutter or capped.

This time I was feeling  brave so I didn’t make a toile (Risky!!) but I thought now that I understand the use of the finished garment measurements I can determine on the fit of the finished garments.


so I dived straight in, printed & stuck the PDF together and cut it out (I don’t trace PDF’s). I decided on the flutter sleeve option because I have a RTW (Ready to wear) top already with flutter sleeves and I like this subtle detail.  I didn’t have a fabric stash at this time and didn’t really understand fabric drape / structure, I thought all 100% would all be the same, oh no I slowly learnt after a few ‘makes’ that this was not the case.


I wanted to try a few things on this project –
Sew darts slightly differently (Start at the dart point sewing towards the S.A (Seam allowance)
Press (iron) stitches and fabric as I go, this helps to ‘set’ the stitches and keep the fabric crisp and professional looking through out.
My new overlocker – to finish my S.A for a professional finish.
I still do all of these now (a year on)

The construction and instructions were easy to follow however I brought the wrong bias binding because I didn’t understand the difference between 1/2″ single or 1/2″ double fold.

All bias tape starts the same way, with a strip of fabric cut to a specific width along the 45-degree true bias of the fabric. Single-fold bias tape is created by folding the two long raw edges of the strip into the center of the tape, so that the final width ends up being half that of the original strip. Double-fold bias tape is created by simply folding single-fold bias tape in half one additional time, so that the finished width is a quarter of the cut width.

binding(Image taken from

I did make a few errors along the way (notes for next time), nothing to do with the pattern or instructions,
* Making sure all raw edges (cut edge of fabric) line up on the sleeves while sewing
* Cut collar notches to ensure that they meet at the center front.
but I did like that I chose to do the collar in a contrasting colour.

The fit is great but the fabric creases like crazy but this all part of the learning curve. It is a wearable top I just need to learn to live with creases when I wear this.


I will definitely be making more for next summer but in a fabric with more drape.


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