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See Kate Sew Patterns – Zippy Top & Recess Raglan

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See Kate Sew Zippy Top

See Kate Sew is one of the sewing bloggers I remember reading first. I think she released a hedgehog pattern first? I thought wow, how cool to print a pattern from home! Her  Recess Raglan *was the first pattern I bought to sew for my son (and I’ve sewn a billion of them since!). So, I jumped at the chance when she posted looking for testers on Instagram. This is the Zippy Top* from See Kate Sew!

It is intended, and written for, woven fabrics but I asked her if I could try it out in a knit fabric since she had already filled my size for the wovens. So, I bumped down one size and omitted the zipper. And I love it! This blue striped version with neon trim is actually made from target (this was a shot of my first haul… I went back for more!) jersey sheets. The neon trim is just some tshirt scrap – I love using those up!


A detail shot of the cap sleeve edging and neckline! I used some clear elastic for the first time to stabilize the shoulders and felt very professional.

I used some of this amazing, vintage iron-on seam binding for the hem. I hate hemming! I need a fairy godmother to bring me a coverstitch machine.*

My husband told me today he couldn’t believe I was “taking selfies of my butt to put on the Internet”. I hadn’t thought of it that way. Yikes.

Whenever I test a pattern, I try to use cheap fabric, scraps, or stuff I don’t love. This pink stripe is a little tweeny for my tastes, and was my first trial, but I thought I’d include it too! I’m looking forward to using some woven cottons from my stash to make more once summer is here (we’re looking at a high of 2 tomorrow in Iowa. Yuck).

Never fear, little people sewing is also here! I’ve never been a big holiday celebrator, but I now love an excuse to make my kiddo a themed shirt. And you know, by now, that I love elbow patches. This is a See Kate Sew’s Recess Raglan.

See Kate Sew Recess Raglan

I’m trying out some fabric ink/stamping for his size tag!

See Kate Sew Recess Raglan

See more of my Recess Raglans here: Thanksgiving – Christmas – Valentines


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Tuesday 24th of June 2014

Oh Hey! Just saw a click over from your post today on my stats. Thanks so much for linking up to my Zippy Top! Love your knit version - and I like the use of two fabrics on the "tweeny" version :) I need to make up about a bajillion more of this shirt! So comfy.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 26th of June 2014

I like linking to other versions - sometimes it takes seeing something in a specific fabric to really "get it" you know? I need to make some more of these now that you mentioned it :) Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday 10th of June 2014

I am such a fan of See Kate sew pattern too, women's and kids! Your Zippy top is so on trend and as the Raglan -so cute! You are a super sewer indeed. Thanks also for the link-up to my Zippy Top! Happy sewing. Katie x

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Thanks for the kind words Katie!


Monday 10th of March 2014

This top is adorable! I love both versions you made...thanks for introducing me to See Kate Sew, I'm looking to make a few things for myself this year and her blog (and yours!) will help keep me inspired :)


Tuesday 11th of March 2014

Yay!! You're definitely welcome. Can't wait to see what you make!

Lisa Burger

Friday 7th of March 2014

Thank you for the overview, great job! The recess Raglan pattern was one of my first print at home patterns too. I like the pink stripe one too ☺❤


Friday 7th of March 2014

Thanks Lisa!


Monday 3rd of March 2014

Cute shirt for you, but you know that St Patty's shirt is stealing the show! The patches are so adorable.

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