Fancy Tiger Crafts Sailor Top pattern review

I decided to do a little review of this pattern because I don’t often make things for myself so am still learning when it comes to making grown up clothing!

I bought the Sailor Top pattern from the wonderful Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead. They’ve just moved in to their beautiful new shop so I went to check it out! The pattern retails at £18 which is obviously quite a bit more than McCalls/Simplicity et al. However in my opinion it’s worth it if you’re going to make several versions of it. The information is great including advice on how to measure your body to figure out pattern size. I made the large for this first attempt because it’s a woven cotton with no stretch at all, so I didn’t want to risk it coming up way too small. 

I would say the fit is pretty great and accurate to the measurements given. 

This is what you get in your cute little folder: I love this style of instructions being in a booklet! I invariably lose bits of standard commercial patterns when instuctions are just printed on sheets of paper!

Also because if the way it is written it’s a doddle to follow, handy little diagrams and ‘hints and tips’ boxes make it very user friendly.

And so here it is finished!! I had to fit it in around nap times and school run but I reckon without interruptions I could do the whole thing in a couple of hours. 

Attaching the neck facing was a wee bit fiddly as you gather the neckline with basting stitches all the way round to fit the facing, but there’s plenty of help in the booklet. Other than that it was all pretty straight forward! 

Also I love the fact that you can type in #fancytigersailor to Instagram to get a load of inspiration for other makers! Fab! 

I’ve used this gorgeous Mori Girl fabric which I am seeking in my Etsy shop (link in bio) It’s by Dashwood Studio. 
I have already got the next version of this too ready to be cut out, this time I’m trying it in a jersey…… watch this space! 😍


  1. PaperPuff

    March 16, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Really cute top, and I love the fabric you chose.

  2. Gill Howdle

    March 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Looks lovely and probably even better on you! I’m less impressed by the sewing (because I can do that!) but fantastically impressed by the blog, because I wouldn’t know where to start with that! Well donexx

    1. sewmakeme

      March 19, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Gill! It’s not as hard as it seems, the main thing is finding time to make stuff AND blog about it!! Hope all good with you all. Xx

  3. Veggie Mumma

    March 20, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Love this top. Would love to make it but I lack the sewing skills needed. My mother and sister are the the only ones that sew im my family.

    1. sewmakeme

      March 21, 2017 at 10:19 am

      It’s really not too hard, would one of them help you do it? I want to try it in jersey next.. you should definitely give it a go!!

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