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Port Elizabeth, cap sleeve, summer top

Added Jun 12, 2010

by Sarah Magill

Bournemouth, Uni...






A simple, versatile, cap-sleeve, summer top by Goldfinch and Eagle

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*Instructions included in PDF.

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By Sarah Magill at Etsy




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Classic, Mod, Vintage
Cotton, Linen, Silk

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    Mar 27, 2012, 11.10 PMby arliz

    Hey Miss Sarah, I’m really loving this pattern, so thank you so much for sharing! I’m really new to sewing, and I was wondering if lace would be a suitable material to sew this top out of? :)

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      Mar 28, 2012, 05.23 AMby Sarah Magill

      Hey, thank you! Lace would be perfect- stiffer rather than flimsy to hold the shape better. A matching satin bias binding on the neck would look nice. I think someone made one in lace- tale a look at the finished top photos.
      Sarah :)

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    Oct 9, 2011, 10.16 AMby marnieann

    Thank you so much for this ace pattern. xx

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    Sep 25, 2011, 05.51 AMby vsaid

    what a great pattern! thank you so much! i made it yesterday. it is very cute and flattering and only cost me 6 bucks! the only change i made was that i made it hip-length. will make it cropped next time to layer over a tank top. thanks again!

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    Aug 16, 2011, 03.26 AMby safiab123

    I will download in few days—- I’m a size us10—- can I do the 8 and make it little bigger? I’m a beginner sewer- Thank you- Safia

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      Aug 16, 2011, 09.39 AMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there, the pattern is in uk sizes, so a us 10 is a uk 14. I’m a uk 12, which is equivalent to a us 8.

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    Jun 19, 2011, 01.20 AMby Missee

    i love this top, so lovely and simple, which is a plus for me as I am but a beginner. I’d been looking everywhere for something like it (in stores) and now I have this. Thanks zillions!

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    May 30, 2011, 06.11 PMby Emily Navoy

    I can’t wait to make this, but the pattern won’t download for me either!

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      Jun 19, 2011, 02.42 AMby Sarah Magill

      Have you made sure you are registered and logged on? If it still doesn’t work, please contact the website.

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    May 30, 2011, 06.11 PMby Emily Navoy

    I can’t wait to make this, but the pattern won’t download for me either!

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    Apr 29, 2011, 03.53 PMby Sarah Magill

    Anyone having trouble downloading this pattern, please make sure you are logged in first.

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    Apr 28, 2011, 11.35 AMby susalasus

    Hi Sarah, I love this top. I got myself some fabric and will try to make it today. I shall post a photo once it’s done. I also love your Helena skirt by the way.

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    Apr 17, 2011, 07.28 AMby mnavoy

    this is so cute! I can’t wait to make it

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    Apr 8, 2011, 09.47 AMby Protector-of-the-small-and-imaginary

    Hi, I know this has been here awhile but I have a late question: Would it be fine to make it without the seam centre front? I want to use a plain fabric and the seam would be a bit too obvious. (But I love this pattern! and when I can buy nice prints I’ll make one with the seam, maybe some buttons.)

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      Apr 29, 2011, 03.00 AMby Amor Allure

      any fabric local store….Ikea

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    Mar 29, 2011, 05.58 AMby Phamburger

    AHHH, This is so nice <3 But when I downloaded it, the file was unable to be opened. The Instructions just showed the picture, and the pattern pdf didn’t even work… Is it discontinued?

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      Apr 17, 2011, 08.48 PMby grignotine

      I’m having the same problem, and I made sure to follow seagle’s instructions. I really want to make this top as well! Anyone have a fix for this problem?

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    Feb 12, 2011, 07.37 PMby Dibaj

    It is an act simple and beautiful , I like this. thank you:)

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.53 AMby scarletohara

    hi,i really like this…. and i want to do this as soon as possible… i have a great idea for this project…. how much fabric did you use?

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      Jan 18, 2011, 04.47 PMby Sarah Magill

      Sorry- haven’t been on here for a while. You need about a metre. It tells you in the instructions. You have probably realised that by now!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 11.40 AMby aineg

    Hi there Don’t know if it’s just my rubbish computer but when I try to download the pattern I only get the picture and no instructions. Do you have another link to the instructions maybe?

    Thanks a mil Áine

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    Jul 20, 2010, 02.13 PMby norbybo

    I love this top, so cute! Can’t wait to make one myself!

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    Jul 2, 2010, 11.29 PMby harperellen

    Ya know what I’m feelin’ for this pattern?! Cutting the shoulder an inch or so taller and then adding buttons as the shoulder seams!

    Sarah, if I wanted to do that, how much taller would I need to cut the shoulder? In order to do button holes and buttons with enough seam allowance for stability…? Does that make sense? Shall I email you to discuss? Did I mention that I LOVE your pattern? Good. :)

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      Jul 4, 2010, 03.46 PMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there!
      Thanks for your fab comments! I made a similar top with buttons at the shoulders- see this link:
      You would need to add 1/2- 1 inch on the front and back, depending on the size of button used. You would also then need to make a facing pattern for a neater finish- check the photos out. This is such an easy top to make and so cool for the summer. I’m going to be working on a paper and PDF pattern of the top in the link shortly to sell in my Etsy shop, but I am happy to talk you through the process too. My email address is: sarahmagill@yahoo.co.uk
      I would love to see photos of your creations!! :)

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      Aug 11, 2010, 07.05 AMby Sarah Magill

      Hi HarperEllen,
      I don’t know if you ever had a go at the buttoned shoulder idea, but I have posted a project featuring the Ikat top I mentioned using that idea. http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/ikat-top

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    Jul 1, 2010, 05.30 PMby pinksalamander

    Just finished mine, made it a bit too small though! But that was totally my fault. Oh well!

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      Jul 4, 2010, 03.47 PMby Sarah Magill

      Oh no! I hope you didn’t use expensive fabric! Was the sizing out or did you make the wrong size? :)

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      Jul 4, 2010, 07.37 PMby pinksalamander

      Only a little piece of polycotton luckily! Its fine as they’re only PJs, but I’ll definitely be making this in the future in a nice silk or something to tuck into skirts!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 06.55 PMby cafrine04

    I’m almost finished with my first one of these, and agree that this is a great pattern. So quick, easy, loose fit is perfect for high waisted skirts. I made mine a bit longer too, to tuck in for work, and can’t wait to make more.Thanks for posting this for free!

    Also love the goldfinch and eagle patterns and blog! Really gorgeous stuff, I love the fabrics you use.

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      Jun 30, 2010, 03.10 PMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there! Thanks so much for your comment. I’m glad you’re enjoying the pattern! I’m working on a vintage line, so keep visiting the blog!

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    Jun 19, 2010, 01.22 AMby harperellen

    I’ve made this TWICE so far – in two nights! L O V E it! I did one in a silk blend, which I wore to work the very next day (I added about 2-3 inches to the length – didn’t want to risk giving my co-workers a show ;), and one in a delicious Martha Negley floral cotton. I’ll post pics as soon as I can – just wanted to give my RAVE reviews! I’m going to make eight hundred of these. :) Really. I am.

    Thanks Goldfinch & Eagle for an easy & uber-wearable pattern!

    P.S. I definitely would not call it a ‘cropped’ top (on me anyway), but if anyone’s worried about the shorter length – it’s a PERFECT blouse to tuck into high-waisted skirts or trousers. Per – fect. :)

    <3 Sarah

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      Jun 24, 2010, 03.39 PMby Sarah Magill

      Thanks so much for your really kind comments Sarah! I’m trying to start a pattern business and it’s so refreshing and confidence-boosting to read your thoughts! I’m so glad you like the pattern and have made a couple of tops already. Please post pics- I would love to see them!! Especially how it works in silk, as cap-sleeve, silk tops seem really trendy currently.
      Thanks again,
      Sarah :)

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    Jun 13, 2010, 06.06 PMby pinksalamander

    Cute! I’m going to be making this as a pyjama top in the next few days

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    Jun 13, 2010, 01.13 PMby hannnc

    Sweet top, is it cropped – as in a short top? Just curious for if i were to make it.

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      Jun 13, 2010, 01.43 PMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there, it is slightly cropped (sits a couple of inches below the natural waistline). I wear it layered over vests.

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