Chevron Swing top – sewing tutorial

I love a layered look. You can layer color, pattern and texture in 1 outfit. I created this easy, fun top using a couple of squares, no finished edges (that’s why I love knit!) and few stitches! And this pattern is so simple it could be made in any size or length!
1 yard of knit/poly fabric
measuring tape
straight pins
Seam ripper (optional)
sewing machine
coordinating thread
chevron stencil/template pattern to trace (my chevron was 2 – 2.5″ wide)
Step 1: Lay your fabric flat and cut a 27×27″ inch square on the fold. Cut down the fold to create two 27×27″ squares.
Step 2:  Cut a strip 2″ x 58″ long. This will be threaded through the neckline. Place right sides together lengthwise. Sew along the top creating a tube. Turn right side out and tie a simple knot in each end.
Step 3: Add interest to the front by adding a pattern and texture. Using a chevron template as a pattern, cut a couple of long strips using the same knit fabric OR cut strips from an accent color fabric.
Step 4: Measure out a 15×15″ triangle. This will be folded over the back so do not place anything in this space.
Place and pin 1 chevron strip onto 1 of the 27×27″ squares in a design that you like. Be sure to “tilt” the square or turn it to a diamond shape while placing and pinning the strips. Add the chevron strips just at the top, over the entire top, just around the edges, etc.  
Step 5: Sew 4 lines on each Chevron strip. 1 along the top, 1 along the bottom and 2 in the middle trying to keep equal spacing between the lines. Repeat on all the strips.
Step 6: Using a seam ripper or your sewing scissors, carefully clip in between the top 2 lines and the bottom 2 lines. ONLY cut through the top layer of each strip. This will create fun lines and texture on the top.
Step 7: Turn the main piece over and fold down the top corner creating a Triangle with sides that measure 15″. Sew a 1″ casing along the top. Repeat on the back square piece as well. Clip away the excess fabric.

Step 8: Take the finished strip from step 2 and thread it through the casing of both the front and back pieces.

Step 9: Lay the front and back piece flat with right sides together. Measure in from the corner on each side to sew the 2 pieces together. (I have a smaller frame so I measured in about 6″ on the top and 10″ on the bottom. Then drew a connecting line between those points and that is where I sewed the 2 pieces together) Trim the excess fabric.

Step 10: Turn right side out and slip on. Adjust the gathers to be the width you like and tie over 1 shoulder. Light and breezy summer top with texture that can still be layered upon if Spring hasn’t quite hit in your area yet like it hasn’t in mine 😉

I will be linking up HERE this week! 
More SOS Ideas starting monday with a giveaway next week as well! see you then! 

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  1. Darling, love that color and the fun clip in your hair!


  2. Awesome top! The chevron design is great! And I’m loving that it looks good layered over a fitted tee.

    I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  3. You are a hottie! What an adorable shirt!!! LOVE IT! I am going to feature this later today at

  4. that looks awesome! I love when you wear bright colors 🙂 and especially b/c you made it! and the subtle pattern looks just wonderful!

    Cardigans and Cookie Dough

  5. This is so cute! What a perfect shirt for summer! Love that color too.

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  7. Meg – that is SOOOO cute! I love it. You are a genius!

    I just shared it on my TT&J facebook page.


  8. So, so CUTE! And easy- I might dust off the sewing machine and try my hand at this!

  9. Loving the Chevrons! great tute!

  10. OH MY i love your playlist of songs, great choices!! I just love New Soul and Be OK… i just stumbled on your blog, i like it!!!

  11. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  12. I only wish I could accessorize like you! This really is such a great, simple project! Really now…keep them coming!

    Stopped over from Someday Crafts and will now be adding you to my blogs to stalk list!

  13. This is great! I will be attempting one soon! I LOVE the black layered necklace you are wearing. Where did you get it???

  14. thanks salonjuleen! I got the necklace at my local mall. I think I found it at Wet seal…???

    there are so many out there with this layered look now you can find them anywhere!

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  16. great job, i love it! i also love the fabric flowers in your hair 🙂

  17. This is great!i love the color! I would love if you linked this up to my Make it for less party! It goes on every Monday at

  18. This is cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial! I can’t wait to try it out!

  19. Featuring this on the fan page today! Thanks for linking up to Made With Love!

  20. I’ll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!

    Thanks for linking up!


  21. That is so cute! And I really love your hair!

  22. One word…Adorable! Thanks for linking @’Sew Cute Tuesday’!

  23. so stinkin cute! and so are you

    A Mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  24. GAH!!! This is FANTASTIC!! I saw it over at Truly Lovely! 🙂

  25. You are so cute Megan! I love this tutorial!

  26. As always, super cute!!

  27. Just made four of these for my girls and me… posting soon on my blog with a link to your awesomeness.

  28. Just found your lovely blog via Alllfreesewing, love this top!

  29. I love the black necklace, did you make that?

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