2 hour top FREE sewing pattern – Step-by-step tutorial

free-easy-sewing-pattern-2-hour-topThis is the tutorial for the 2 hour top FREE sewing pattern  No experience needed to follow these step-by-step instructions. They are as jargon free as I could make them with a simple colour dot matching system. There is also a post about this pattern with tip and advice on fabrics. Good luck!2-hour-top-key


2-hour-top-11 – Cutting your fabric
Lay out your fabric and pin your pattern in place. Cut 2 sleeves – the double FOLD line on the pattern needs to be on folded fabric so you get a mirror image. Cut 2 of the FRONT / BACK  panel. On one of the FRONT / BACK pieces cut along the pink line to create the front neckline – this is now the FRONT panel.2-hour-top-2

2 – Attaching the sleeves to the back
Align the green dot on one of the sleeves with the one on the BACK piece – right sides together. Stitch between the green dot and the blue dot. Repeat with the other sleeve.



3 – Attaching the sleeves to the front2-hour-top-3
Align the green dots on one of the sleeves and the front piece. Stitch upwards towards the blue dot – the fabric will not align at this point.





4 – Creating a smooth neckline

2-hour-top-4Cut along the pink line on the sleeve to continue the curve of the front neckline. Repeat on other sleeve.






2-hour-top-55 – Sewing the sides & sleeves
Stitch back and front together from green dot down to pink dot – right sides together. Then sew from the green dot along the underside of each of the sleeves.



6 – Finishing the edges
You will need 2m of bias binding to finish the curved hem and neckline. You can make this from the leftovers of your fabric or you can buy it. Have a look at the how to… page to see how to make your own.



(a) Pin bias binding all the way around the hem onto the right side. Sew 1cm in along the binding. Turn in on itself and iron.


(b) To finish neatly, oversew the hem on the right side approx 1cm in taking care to keep your stitching an even distance from the edge as this stitching will show on the outside.

Finish the neckline in the same way with bias binding.

If anyone wants to upload a picture of their finished pieces to their own blog or site once thay have made them, just send me a link and I will include it in my post so that other people can see your versions.

There are 38 comments for this article
  1. Pam @Threading My Way at 9:55 am

    Thank you for adding your patterns and projects to the link parties at ‘Threading My Way’. I really like the Batwing Top and can see me making this up in a sheer fabric. Your tutorials are very well set out, with clear diagrams and are easy to follow.

  2. Kathy at 8:03 pm

    i cannot get pattern to print as I don’t have a option for tile print!!! Is there another way to get a copy of this pattern… I love this style… Thank’s Kathy

    • Laura Casey at 8:29 pm

      Hi Kathy – Are you sure you are opening it in Acrobat rather than through your browser? If in doubt, save the PDF to your desktop and then open it through Acrobat.If you have no luck with this then you will find all the measurements on the pattern so you can draw it out yourself onto wrapping paper or something similar. It sounds like a hassle but doesn’t take long. It’s easier if you have a set square and a long ruler, but if you don’t, try using a large book to get a right angle. To get the curves right you just draw round plates of various sizes – look at the pattern for details. Good luck!

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  4. Lizzie at 11:03 am

    I made this top today and I am so impressed with your pattern and the results! I’ll definitely be making it again.
    I wasn’t quite sure how to finish the bias binding around the hem at the side seams. Do you have any tips?
    Thanks, Lizzie

    • Laura Casey at 1:53 pm

      HI Lizzie, yes the bias binding around the curved hem is the trickiest part of this top. Have a look at these tutorials for some help. This first one shows how to attach the bias binding so that the binding shows on the outer edge: wearinghistoryblog.com/2011/12/how-to-one-step-bias-binding-curves/
      And this one shows how to do it so that the bias binding is hidden on the inside. This is how I did it – looks better I think: http://seamstresserin.com/how-to-invisiblybias-tape-arm-holes/

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  8. Gemma at 8:38 pm

    Warning: extreme beginner.

    Thank you so much for your pattern. It’s the first piece of clothing I’m making, but unfortunately I can’t get the seam from the sleeve and the side right. It pluckers under the arm/ in the armhole (also English is not my first language). Hope you know what I mean. What am I doing wrong? Thanks so much in advance.

    • Laura Casey at 9:43 am

      Hi Gemma, Do you mean it lies flat if you put it down on the table but puckers when you put it on yourself? This is a very loose fitting top and there is no shaping under the arm (as you would find on more fitted styles.) This lack of shaping only works if you wear the top very loose and there is enough fabric to hang. If it is pulling, I would suggest that it is too small for you and you need to cut it to a larger size. It is very difficult to tell without seeing it. I hope that is of some help.

      • Tamara at 5:34 am

        Hi Laura I’m having same problem as Gemma in terms of puckering. For me it’s the point where the seams join. It either puckers or there’s a small hole where the seams meet.
        Love the shape of the top though

        • Laura Casey at 2:16 pm

          Do you mean the seam of the raglan sleeve and the body? If so, you could try stay-stitching your sleeve. Because the sleeve is cut on a diagonal to the weave, the fabric can sometimes stretch out of shape a bit and pucker. Have a look on the How to section for stay stitching.

  9. Stacy at 4:30 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I cannot wait to make a few of your different shirts patterns this weekend, I just finished some linen pants and the 2 hour top and batwing will be perfect! Question, what seam allowance do you use?

  10. Cheryl at 6:07 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. I’m going to find again the bat wing blouse pattern. I forgo to download the tutorial part. Hope you enjoyed your coffee.

    Cheryl Masters

    • Laura Casey at 10:45 am

      Hi Joan, the bits in bold orange text are links. It’s commonly done on websites but I guess its not clear if you don’t know that. Just click on them and they will take you to another page. Don’t forget to set your scaling to 100% when you print out.

  11. Andrew Airey at 9:28 pm

    Hi Laura

    Lovely designand I’ve just bought a job lot of material similar to your second illustration which it should suit perfectly.However my girlfriend is,shall we say,generously proportioned so how do I upscale it to size 24 or 2xl

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  13. Helen S at 8:48 pm

    I have been very pleased with your 2 hour top pattern and have made a version, posted on my website. I will also be posting on refashion co-op as I used a charity shop skirt for the main body fabric.

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  15. Joyce de la Rosa at 5:54 am

    This pattern reminds me of my very first sewing project in 7th grade, many a year ago. Think I might try making this one must for nostalgia sake. Thank you for sharing.

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