Another one of my favourite summer wardrobe items - cause let's be real, you can't wear shorts without them - is tops. I am very much a casual, comfy top person so I've put together my list of top picks for summer tops.
Basics Tank - Cali Faye Collection | Image Courtesy of Cali Faye Collection
The Basics Tank from Cali Faye Collection is exactly what it promises to be - a basic tank - but in my opinion a definite wardrobe staple. The Basics Tank has a scooped neckline and curved hem so it is super flattering. The pattern calls for lightweight woven fabrics such as silk, voile, crepe, rayon, linen or double gauze. I will definitely be adding some of these to my wardrobe this summer.
Springfield Top - Cashmerette | Image Courtesy of Cashmerette
The Springfield Top is another simple tank that features a scooped neckline, back yokes and split side seams. There are two variations included with the pattern; version A has a looser silhouette and optional hem band while version B features back princess seams to skim your curves. Perfect for most light to medium weight woven fabrics; rayon, crepe, lawn, linen or chambray.
Rumi Tank - Christine Haynes | Image Courtesy of Christine Haynes
The Rumi Tank is a perfect racerback knit tank top - another wardrobe essential. The pattern also includes a dress version. Both versions are fitted through the bust and flare out to follow and flatter your figure. The pattern recommends using lightweight knit fabrics for both versions.
Garamond Top - Friday Pattern Co. | Image Courtesy of Friday Pattern Co.
The Garamond top is a cute button-up top which features short dolman sleeves with cuffs, a flat collar and front darts. Interestingly, this pattern is designed for knit fabrics. Though the pattern could certainly be lengthened, it appears to be a slightly cropped top which finished just below the natural waist.
Hadley Top - Grainline Studio | Image Courtesy of Grainline Studio
The Hadley top reminds me of the kind of top I used to love wearing to work in the summer months, back when I worked in a traditional office setting. The pattern comes with two versions; version A has a curved neckline, a pleat at the back neckline and long sleeves, version B is the sleeveless version with a soft V-neckline. Both versions have centre front & back seams and a wide, slightly hi-low hem. The pattern calls for light to medium weight woven fabrics. I think a sleeveless version with the back pleat would look lovely in a really drapey fabric.
Hunter Tank - Jennifer Lauren | Image Courtesy of Jennifer Lauren
The Hunter tank is a cute bias cut, tie waisted tank that hits the natural waist. It has a relaxed fit but as it has the tie waist, it hugs the waist beautifully. The Hunter tank would pair fantastically with high waisted shorts, trousers or skirts. The recommended fabrics for this pattern are anything from quilting weight cottons to fabrics with more drape such as a crepe.
Nellie Blouse - République De Chiffon | Image Courtesy of République Du Chiffon
The Nellie blouse is another perfect summer work top. It is a sleeveless button-up blouse that features a ruffled V-neck and button placket. A chic & stylish option for workwear that is still cool enough for the summer months. The recommended fabrics for this pattern include light to medium weight woven fabrics such as rayon, cotton - anything with a good drape.
Camille Top - République Du Chiffon | Image Courtesy of République Du Chiffon
If you're looking for a strappy camisole then the Camille top might be the one for you. The Camille top has a lovely feminine look and features a cute ruffle around the bodice. You could make this pattern work well with any drapey woven fabrics such as a light chambray, a rayon, viscose, silk or lightweight cotton voile.
Tara Top - Schnittchen Patterns | Image Courtesy of Schnittchen Patterns
The Tara top is a great option for a summer party. It features straps, a lightly gathered peplum and a side zip. The straps can be crossed over at the back to add some interest and it can be made up in plenty of fabrics; cotton, chambray, viscose, rayon or even jersey.
Julia Top - Seamwork | Image Courtesy of Seamwork
The Julia top is another simple tank top designed for knit fabrics. With only two pattern pieces, this would be a super quick sew and a great place to start if you are just beginning with knit fabrics. Perfect for light to medium weight jersey, cotton/rayon blends or rib knits.
Waterfall Tank - Sew Caroline | Image Courtesy of Sew Caroline
The Waterfall tank is a lovely, simple spaghetti strap top with variations to customise for your preferences and is perfectly suited for hot summer days. The pattern features options for tie straps or fitted straps, a double layer 'waterfall' on the bodice and slight gathers at the centre front. You could make the Waterfall tank in anything from light to medium weight woven fabrics as well as knit fabrics, though the pattern does suggest to size down for this option.
Matcha Top - Sew Liberated | Image Courtesy of Sew Liberated
The Matcha top is a loose fitting top that features a mandarin-inspired collar. The pattern comes with both sleeved and sleeveless versions, has some cute gathering at the shoulders as well as a unique shoulder construction. This is a gorgeous swing-shaped top that is perfect for work or weekends. Suggested fabrics for this pattern include voile, double gauze, rayon, silk or crepe.
Silk Cami - Sew Over It | Image Courtesy of Sew Over It
The Silk Cami by Sew Over It is another great wardrobe staple. The design of the cami is simple yet can look stunning in a silk. The pattern features a curved hem and neckline/armhole facing. As there are no fastenings or darts the Silk Cami is a great pattern for beginners (using a more stable fabric would be my recommendation though). The pattern works for most lightweight woven fabrics but works best with fabrics that have a lot of drape. I have one Silk Cami in my collection so far but will definitely be adding some more to my wardrobe.
Ogden Cami - True Bias | Image Courtesy of True Bias
This is my holy grail cami pattern - though only very recently discovered. It features a front and back soft V-neckline, spaghetti straps and facing. This is just such a simple pattern to sew yet it creates a stunningly beautiful top that can be dressed up or down. If you haven't already bought this pattern, get it, you won't regret it. Any lightweight woven fabrics work for this pattern. I did a version in some AGF rayon and another in an AGF voile and they both worked beautifully.
Grace Top - Friday Pattern Co. | Image Courtesy of Friday Pattern Co.
The Grace top is a stylish yet simple knit top. It features a racerback, funnel neck and slight hi-low hem. The fit is super relaxed and this could easily be dressed up for work or work for a casual night out. The pattern calls for knit fabrics that have at least 10% stretch. I really love the look of this top and will definitely be giving it a go (hopefully) before the summer is out, though this could definitely be worn year round here in the southern hemisphere.
See the list below to check out my other Top Pattern Picks for Summer.