Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

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Flamingo Flutter Top

Since the heat wave hit Vancouver, I’ve been feeling a lack of loose fitting tank tops in my wardrobe. The kind of shirts that feel like you’re not wearing a shirt, and are easy to throw on with any shorts.  This is a pattern I designed for myself for just this purpose.  I love the shorter length and the way it flows away from the body.  It also has nice thick, comfortable straps and a higher neckline, which is ideal for me because my chest burns easily in the sun.

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet   Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

I’m calling this the flutter top, here is a quick diagram of the pieces needed if you would like to make your own, I wear a size 14 and was able to make this top with less than a meter of fabric. Eventually I want to turn this into a full pattern with length variations, but for now, here are the basics:

Flamingo Top Fabric Layout

Instructions:

  1. fold straps, sew, and turn right side out, press
  2. finish facing edge & trim excess if needed
  3. pin straps to shirt front and sew in place
  4. pin front facing to shirt front and sew
  5. turn facing in and press, understitch if desired.
  6. repeat steps 2-5 for the back
  7. sew side seams together
  8. double fold seam allowance underarm and sew up to the straps
  9. double fold hem and sew.

Flamingo Top Instructions

Have you guys seen this flamingo fabric in stores?  It comes in black and white and it is absolutely to die for.  I love a bold print and this one is just perfect in everyway.  Cute animals, black and white with a pop of colour, and super soft.

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet   Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

 

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

There is an ice-cream place by our house that is entirely painted flamingo pink.  I immediately thought of it for this shoot, and naturally had to get an icecream to go with everything.  In my mind I look adorable eating ice-cream, but the truthfully, 9 out of 10 shots were soooo weird. and kinda gross, and a little inappropriate….

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

Also, here is me running with my ‘olympic torch’ – you’re welcome.

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

Flamingo Flutter Top Helen's Closet

Final Stats:

Total project time:  Approximately 2 hours

Fabric: 1 meter

Pattern: me made pattern

About the author

Helen

Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

5 Comments on “Flamingo Flutter Top”

  1. Love this fabric! (Of course the cut and drape is darling as well.) I think I’ll get something like this to line the imaginary blazer I’d like to make one day :- )

  2. This is ADORABLE. I would LOVE to see a pattern for this! (I just recently discovered your blog and I think I commented almost this same exact thing on a another post, haha…)

    1. Haha, it’s all good! I love to get feedback like this. I plan to make this into a pattern where view A is a semi-crop top and view B is a tunic length dress 🙂

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