The Cara Top is a simple summer blouse that's flexible enough to wear in a wafty muslin at the beach or in a smarter silk as part of a wedding two-piece. It comes with 2 length options, shorter to sit right on the hip or a little longer to hit the top of the thigh.
It is a simple piece to make which means it’s a great project for beginners, however this doesn’t mean we cut corners on the construction quality. You’ll be using french seam construction and you’ll have the option of a double fold hem or a flat binding to finish the hem and armholes.
Sizing: Sizes 4 - 28 (with PDF Layers)
Skill level: Suitable for beginners and early makers. If you're a total beginner we recommend following our online workshop to start your sewing journey.
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Getting your fit right for the Cara Top is relatively simple. The main measurement you need to check is the bust, making sure you choose a size that has a bit of room for movement.
Materials list: Self Fabric (see above), 5 x small buttons, 1 x spool of thread, either matching or contrast, a small strip of fusing for the buttons stands
Pages to print: Instructions - 12, A4/US Letter - 22, A0 - 1
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How to print your pattern:
You have two options for printing out your pattern.
1. You can get it printed in A0 at a printing shop or sewing pattern company. Search for "sewing pattern printing company" to find a company that does this in your region.
2. Or you can print it yourself on a home printer in A4 or US Letter format and then tile the pages together using tape.
Using PDF layers:
All of our patterns come with PDF layers so you can select the sizes you want to view and print. To do this you’ll need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader (this is free to download).
More details on printing, using PDF layers and general preparation tips can be found on the ‘Using Our Patterns’ document (download for free here). This document comes with all of our patterns.
Women's Body Measurements
Bust / Waist / Hip (based on standard UK measurements) - Measurements in cms