Today I have a free pattern for you. It was a quick little light weight knit jacket/top I made for Abbey. Then I loved it so much I made one for Penny, and while I had already made a 5/6 and a 12-18m I decided why not just grade between those sizes and offer them all. So I did.
The jacket, which can also be worn as a top, is made from knit fabric and can be made really from anything with some stretch. It’s not tight fitting, but it is somewhat fitted through the chest/waist.
It has a peplum ruffle around the waist, and a zipper front. Although with some modifications you could do a button front if you rather.
You will need:
3/4-1 yard of knit fabric
10″-14″ separating zipper (longer zippers can be cut down)
1/4 yard interfacing
Start by sewing the front and back pieces right sides together along the shoulders.
For the sleeves gather between the dots.
Then with right sides together sew the sleeve into the arm curve, spreading the gather as needed to fit. Repeat with other sleeve.
Then match up the front and back right sides together. Sew from sleeve edge to the armpit and turn to sew down the side. Repeat with other side.
With the ruffle piece fold it wrong sides together height wise. Then along the top raw edges sew a basting stitch and gather.
Spread the gather evenly across the bottom edge of the bodice sewing them with right sides together.
With right sides together sew the zipper to one side of the front. You want the zipper edge to match up with the raw edge of the front and the zipper teeth to be facing down. Then match up the bottom of the zipper with the bottom edge of the ruffle. Sew as close to the zipper teeth as you can sewing all the way up to the top of the neck.
Again with right sides together you will match up the other side of the zipper with the other side of the front. You will sew it the same way, you just want to be sure that the seam from the gathered piece matches up across the zipper and so that the top neckline matches up across the zipper.
Now when turned right side out you should have a zipper sewn in place. Don’t worry about it hanging over the top.
For the facing press the interfacing on to the wrong side of the facing pieces.
Then sew the pieces together at the shoulders.
Now with right sides together sew the facing to the outside edge of the bodice pieces. Match up the shoulder seams and the front and back neckline. The facing will stop at the seam where the ruffle meets the bodice.
When sewing the facing you want your zipper to be unzipped and turned inward so the raw edge of the zipper and the raw edge of the top are towards the outside. You will sew right over the zipper teeth so sew carefully at the top corner.
Clip off the top of the zipper, as well as clipping the corner.
Then flip the facing around to the inside and top stitch in place. Hem the sleeves by turning them under and sewing and you are done.
One quick little jacket all ready to go.
I love that it can be worn as a top, or as a light jacket, so perfect for fall when it’s cool but not cold yet.
Fabric || Floral Knit from Girl Charlee
Jeans || GAP
Shoes || Old Navy