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Curated by ITF - Issue 7

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Sawtell top + sleeves

The ethos behind all that we do at In the Folds is longevity. We create patterns and resources that can be used over and over so that you can make garments that you will wear over and over.

We know a lot of you love sleeves, so for this month's issue of Curated by ITF we designed the Sawtell top and sleeve expansion pack. You get the Sawtell top PLUS the choice of 4 different sleeves! A straight sleeve, a gathered sleeve, a flared sleeve and a fun dropped gathered sleeve. With these sleeves in your pattern stash (and our guidance in the Fit Kit) you can make lots of Sawtells (tops or dresses) or add one of these fun sleeves to another pattern in your stash.

The Sawtell Mix and Match Kit has been designed for you to be able to try a range of different sleeve options for your Sawtell top (or dress). This pattern will teach you some fun new sewing skills such as: sewing pleats, attaching a yoke, sewing an inset placket, sewing bias binding and setting in sleeves.

We’ve created a jam-packed Fit Kit to accompany the pattern which covers pattern alterations for common fit issues, as well as some fun ways to adapt sleeves to fit your preferences. Although we’ve designed the Fit Kit to work alongside the Sawtell top, you will be able to refer to it long into the future when you are working on other projects. We even show you how you can use the Sawtell sleeves on other patterns!

Garment Details

The Sawtell top is a sophisticated wardrobe staple with a range of interesting details. In a lightweight fabric it is the perfect summer cover-up. In a heavier fabric, it can be styled with jeans or a wrap skirt and can take you through to autumn. The Sawtell top is hip length, features an inset placket with pleats and bust darts. It has a yoke and box pleat in the back and a wide hem. The neckline is finished with bias binding. In a striped fabric you can have lots of fun with stripe direction!

The Sawtell Mix and Match Kit has been designed for you to be able to try a range of different sleeve options for your Sawtell top. You can also use these sleeves, and the new placket piece, to make variations of the Sawtell dress from Curated by ITF Issue 6.

Please note: This product can only be purchased by Current Curated by ITF subscribers. If you would like to sign-up you can do so here.

Suggested Fabrics

The Sawtell top is compatible with light to medium weight fabrics such as: linen, linen blends, cotton and lightweight denim. If you would like to use something lightweight, such as viscose / rayon or silk, consider fusing the placket pieces for additional stability.

Keep in mind that the weight of the fabric will determine the amount of structure in the finished garment. Softer fabrics will give the garment drape and movement, while stiffer fabrics will create a more voluminous and structured silhouette.

Fabric requirements and finished garment measurements can be found here


  • Coordinating thread

  • 1m (1.1yd) x 32mm (1 1/4 in) single fold bias tape

  • View C only: 0.2m (0.25yd) x light to mid-weight fusible interfacing

The pattern is available in 10 sizes (A - J, which equates to Australian sizes 6-24) and is nested, to make it easier for you to grade between sizes.

The Sawtell top is designed to be loose and boxy in shape. Soft shaping is created at the bust through subtle shaping at the top of the side seam and bust darts.

The Sawtell top is designed to have considerable design ease at the waist and hips, so keep this is mind when selecting a size. Your hip measurement might be in a larger size bracket than your waist - before grading between sizes, check the finished garment measurements to check if there will be enough ease in the hips in the size bracket according to your waist measurement.

This pattern is drafted for a B cup bust and a height of 170cm (5'7").

More details related to fitting the Sawtell top and making a toile can be found in the FIT KIT that is included with the pattern for this month’s issue of Curated by ITF.

Fabric requirements and finished garment measurements can be found here.

Pattern includes seam allowances.

Mighty Networks community

By purchasing this issue you will gain access to the extra resources we shared in our online community group when we released the project. This means that you will be able to ask questions, share your makes and connect with other makers who are also on a mission to learn new skills and sew clothing in a slow and conscious way. 


The pattern is placed at a Level 3 on the In the Folds pattern skill scale, which means you feel confident with the basics and are ready for new challenges

By working through this pattern, you will gain confidence in: sewing darts, sewing an inset placket, binding a neckline, sewing a yoke using the burrito method, stitching in the ditch, sewing pleats and sewing inset sleeves.

Digital product details

Print at home pattern: 66 pages (a printing plan is included in the instructions so that you can choose to only print the pages you need for your size and chosen view).

Print shop version: 5 x A0 pages (this includes all sleeve options. You may choose just to print the sleeve option/s you plan to use).

The pattern includes embedded layers. This means that you can select only the size/s you would like to print.

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