I've got the Morrison Top tutorial for you today. This top is a quick and easy sew that's perfect for a beginner. Let me start with the basics...it's only 3 pieces! Yes, you heard me, you can finish this versatile wardrobe staple before you even know you've started! And even more, you can make it in as little as one yard of fabric! It's both a great stash buster and wardrobe builder at the same time. The pattern can be made in either a knit or woven and today I'm showing you how to make the top in knit fabric.
Ready to get started? You can purchase and download the pattern here, print it and tape it together (a "copy shop" version of the pattern is included in the package if you prefer having it printed) and choose your size using the size chart.
A few notes about fabric: you can use all different types of knit for this top as long as they have at least 30% stretch on the crossgrain. If you're new to knits and sewing, choose a "stable" knit which means a fabric that goes back into place after you stretch it (has good recovery), medium weight and doesn't lose it's shape. Good beginner knits are medium weight ponte and interlock and you may want to avoid anything too lightweight or drapey your first time out. I've used a medium weight ponte for the tutorial today and just love the way it came out.
So here is The Morrison Top step by step in full color....Enjoy! Don't forget to tag your makes #bluedotpatterns and #Morrisontop. We want to see what you make!
That's it! You did it!!!
Happy Sewing Friends!
The Morrison Testers - Thank You!
I'm not certain why people sign up to test a pattern. Is it for a free pattern, to be a part of something new, social media exposure, curiosity, a new challenge or something entirely different? Whatever it is, it's the part of the process of designing a pattern that's most important for me as a designer. Using the input from the real, hands-on working of a pattern by different people can take it from good to great.
The testers for the Morrison pattern covered all sizes in both views of the pattern and different fabrics. I had returning testers, experienced testers, beginning sewists, new testers, busy working women, grandmas, nursing moms (not sure how they did it!), people pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and even my BFF! I'm humbled and amazed by the generosity of the testers and how willing they are to share their time and expertise. A heartfelt "thank you" to all of you. I couldn't do it without you! And today I want to share with you some of what the fabulous Morrison testers made during testing.
Here are just some of the Morrison Testers and their beautiful makes. Some made dresses, some tops and many of them made multiple versions of each! I included links to either their Instagram or blogs (if they have them) so be sure to check them all out!
Koetique's Flouncy Morrison
I was fortunate to have the lovely Koe of Koetique test the Morrison Dress. She has a fantastic and helpful blog, beautiful makes and a really fun Instagram. During testing, she asked if she could not only make the dress but customize it too. One of my favorite things as a designer is watching what people do with my patterns. I do my best to design pieces that are versatile enough to use over and over and today I'm excited to show you Koe's take on the Morrison Dress.
Like so many of us, ready to wear is often the inspiration for our projects. Koe spotted this dress and found that the Morrison would be the perfect starting off point.
She added a flounce to both the sleeve and hems and she has a fantastic tutorial on her blog that shows how to not only add a flounce to the Morrison but add a flounce to any pattern.
Check out her post and her entire blog for tons of inspo!
Happy Sewing, Friends!
Yes! I have a new pattern to share with all of you! It's the Morrison Top and Dress PDF Pattern! This easy to sew sleeveless top or dress pattern has a scoop neck and pleated bodice. The dress has an elastic waist and side pockets (of course pockets!). And both can be made in either knit or woven fabric. The pattern package comes with full color, illustrated instructions, tiled pattern and copy shop file. It comes in sizes 4-18 and sells for $10!
This pattern came out of a gap I had in my own closet. I was in desperate need of tops that were as easy to wear as a t-shirt but a little more elevated. As I was designing this I realized I could add the option of making it in a woven and then would also have a versatile and comfortable shell. Then I just kept going and added the dress. I can tell you I live in these dresses especially because I work at home and want something that's comfortable but isn't sweatpants! Uh-hem! I just pull it over my head, add a necklace and I'm good to go!
If you're new to sewing this is a great pattern for you because it's easy to sew and easy to fit. Start with the top as your first project because it only has three pattern pieces then move on to the dress as your second project. And if you're a seasoned sewist you can use this pattern as a quick wardrobe builder and as a great basic to be creative with. You can add piping to the pockets (one tester did this and it's adorable!), change the bodice pleats to gathers, add a drawstring with eyelets and a tie...the options are endless. One of my goals as a designer is to create affordable AND versatile patterns that can be used over and over again!
I had some wonderful testers that helped me with the Morrison Pattern and I'll be sharing their makes soon along with some tutorials on making this your own.
I really hope you enjoy it!
Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.