The most versatile sewing pattern I have made to date, variations of the Kingfisher top have dominated my wardrobe for the last 5 years. Designed to be sewn in woven fabric with neck and sleeve bands in stretch, it can be made in short sleeve, 3/4 and long sleeves with either the stretch knit or traditional turn under hems. A pattern for all year round.
The raglan sleeve is easy to sew and the Kingfisher can be colourful in contrasting fabrics or more subtle in single coloured fabrics.
>RECOMMENDED FABRIC: The Kingfisher is designed for a woven bodice and sleeves with contrasting jersey knit/ribbing or cotton/poly/lycra blend stretch
neck and sleeve bands.
Bodice: Most light to mid weight woven fabrics with a SOFT DRAPE are recommended for this pattern. Polyester crepe, polyester, rayon, chiffon and viscose are best. Soft draping cotton and cotton blends will also work.
Our samples are made up as follows:
* Mustard floral short sleeve in polyester
* Teal floral 3/4 sleeve in rayon
* Contrast red 3/4 chiffon sleeves and white/red rayon bodice
* Pink satin in sort sleeve
* Blue/grey satin in 3/4 sleeve (Pattern hack with arm bands made wider)
* Green floral 100% cotton with gathered neckline (Pattern hack instructions included)
>Hover over the pics in the Gallery for information on fabric on particular styles
*Please also note that all (new) fabric should be pre-washed in case of shrinkage. Some fabrics will not shrink but 100% cotton,linen and rayon are almost guaranteed to shrink. It doesn't hurt to be safe and remove any dodgy chemical build up that may have occurred during printing anyway.
>DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Suitable for Confident Beginners. The Kingfisher Top is able to be sewn with or without an overlocker (serger) to sew the neck and arm bands and neaten the seams. A simple zig-zag stitch will do the trick.
>SIZE & PURCHASING OPTIONS:
The PDF pattern is available in sizes NZ/AU 8-18 with 2 different purchasing options:
Print-at-home (on A4 or letter paper). Each PDF file contains 3 different pattern sizes. Choose the size that best fits you and receive one size larger and one smaller as well. Refer the Size Chart for help if you need. This allows you to grade between sizes if necessary.
CopyShop(AO size)+Print-at-home (All sizes with the option to either print at home or print on a single AO sized sheet at your local printer). Please ensure you choose this option if you require AO.
>INSTANT DOWNLOAD available immediately after checkout includes:
>Use the ADOBE LAYERS FEATURE to open the PDF pattern file and print only the size you need (and eliminate the "noise" of the unwanted sizes). You can also use the URL and bookmark links within the file to quickly access information and support. Download Adobe Reader for free (for Windows and Mac) here.
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