Free pattern: Swing Top with wide neck and raglan sleeves

Cindy from Cation Designs celebrates her one year blogiversary with a free downloadable pattern to make her Swing Top, a drapey blouse with a wide neck and raglan sleeves.  It’s a modern day adaptation of a blouse worn by a Sybil and Edith on Downton Abbey.  Wear it tucked in (shown here), belted, or hanging loose.  She suggests making it from a lightweight, drapey fabric such as silk or rayon.  The pattern will fit BurdaStyle sizes 34-38, Big 4 pattern companies sizes 8-12, or RTW clothing sizes 2-6.  Go to her post for the download and tutorial.

[photo from Cation Designs]


  1. Debbie says

    Hello, I love this style blouse. I am a bigger size than this, how would you adjust the pattern for a bigger size? I can do some modest altering, but I would appreciate any tips. Thank you! Deb

    • says

      If it were me, I’d go find a blouse in my closet that has the right fit/ease. I’d trace the major pieces (front, back sleeves) on to pattern paper (or wrapping paper if you don’t have pattern paper). Then, I’d print out the free pattern so I could see the general shapes of the pieces I need. I’d redraw those shapes on a larger scale on the pieces I traced from the blouse that fits. Add seam allowances to the new lines and sew up a muslin to test the fit. It’ll take some trial and error, but I think you can do it. –Anne

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