Giant pockets are my current obsession and the new Hi-Low Pocket Top, this months free sewing pattern, has them in abundance. I saw a great tutorial for some fabulous giant semi-circular pockets on Pinterest a while back and knew I had to integrate them into my next project somewhere.
The Hi-Low Pocket Top is another loose and floaty affair, perfect for teaming with skinny trousers, leggings or shorts. It falls higher at the front and dips down at the back with little cap sleeves. It has a scoop neck with a curved vent down the front. The back has a separate yoke and a tucked pleat to give it some volume and adds to its distinctive trapeze shape. And, of course, it has the oversize pockets at the front, perfect for plunging your hands deep into.
The top is shown here made in a super-cheap lining fabric (from Fabworks Mill Shop) that I have used the reverse side of. The front was VERY BRIGHT and too shiny for my taste. But on the back the print came through much more subtly and had a less glossy finish.
It would also look lovely made in linen – the style is totally suited to something rustic looking. I had originally envisaged it in cotton shirting to put with jeans but my final version is altogether more floaty and ethereal looking.
My second version here is made from a beautiful chambray. It is like a very fine denim with a slightly silky sheen to it and it hangs beautifully. I have taken advantage of the cut pieces of the pattern here and done the yoke in a contrasting polka dot. And then the inside of the pockets to match, giving it quite a sweet look. (I’m sorry, it’s not finished. I am just too impatient. But you can see how it’s going to look.)
Here are a few links to some chambrays and linen fabrics on Amazon:
I’m sorry, there are no instructions to go with this pattern. I guess you just need to know enough to guess what’s going on. The pockets are the most difficult bit. Here is the tutorial for the pockets that I first saw on Pinterest. I would have a practice on something cheap first. (However, leave me some feedback in the comments. if you really can’t cope without instructions. I guess I will have to sort some out! I like it really!)
This is by far the most complicated of all the patterns I have produced so far so if you don’t have some experience, I would start with something else (try the 2 hour top for example). OR you don’t have to use all the details I added in. You could simplify it massively by removing the front vent on the neckline – just cut a round neck. Or you could leave out the pockets. It is easy enough to see how the line of the front panel should go without them.
So, you can customise it to suit yourself and your own skill level. Here are some good tutorials for some of the parts of the top that are more tricky.
If anyone wants to upload a picture of their finished pieces to their own blog or site once they have made them, just send me a link and I will include it in my post so that other people can see your versions.