The first Unisex top pattern by Sewgirl and here we are… Mr and Mrs Sewgirl…. wearing our lovely tops! The red canvas one features the Kangaroo pocket feature and the denim blue has a patch pocket version- both pockets are included in the pattern which is sized from Small to 2XL( see size guide for details).

We named this top pattern after one of our favourite places in Cornwall -St Ives- a fishing village on the South West tip of England. It’s famous for its artistic heritage, home to Tate St Ives and many artists who flock to the bay for its amazing quality of light.

We love visiting the sculptress, Barbara Hepworth’s house and garden, it’s also where the artist Alfred Wallis and celebrated ceramicist Bernard Leach lived and worked. Many other artists are connected to this wonderful place nestling on the Cornish coast. Its our homage to a special place.

This is a straightforward pattern, loose fitting artists style top suitable for working in, gardening, pottery, sailing or just day to day living. Practical, comfortable and fun to make. Hopefully, like me, you will want to make one for all the family.

Suitable fabrics to make the St Ives top are soft cotton canvas, denim, needlecord, medium weight cotton.

Here are some step by step images which show you how the top is made. More info is written in the pattern. To purchase the pattern click this link will take you to the Etsy Shop


Prepare the Loop.


Pin to the Front piece.Sew all around, leaving the hem section unstitched.


Fold over the top edge of the patch pockets. Stitch. Fold over and press the remaining three edges.

Pin to the Front piece. Sew, leaving the top hemmed edges unstitched.
All images are copyright Fiona Hesford. Please ask prior permission if you wish to use any of the content of this post. Thank you.

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