Me Made May: A Not-So-Boxy Box Top

16 May 2023

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The #LouBoxTop by Sew DIY is a super quick and satisfying make. It is one of my favourite “box top” patterns because it comes with a number of options that you can mix and match to get different silhouettes. This version is the crew neck with a dip hem that goes down in the back. In terms of modifications, I cut the shoulders at a size 18 while the remainder of the top is a size 22. This change took care of extra fabric that was pooling across my chest and around my armpits in an earlier version. After an initial try-on, I also decided to add two small triangle gussets at the bottom of the side seams to eliminate small drag lines from my chest to hips. This issue didn’t occur in previous curved hem versions of the top, but the dip hem hit at a different spot on my hips, so a little extra fabric was needed to make sure the garment didn’t pull. The fabric is a washed linen in emerald green from the popular Canadian indie online fabric store Blackbird Fabrics. They have multiple ranges of linen in gorgeous colours, so, if you love linen like I do, you may want to check it out!

Photo by Rebecca Godderis.

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About Rebecca Godderis

Rebecca Godderis (she/her) is a bi/queer feminist sewist and academic. She was taught to sew at a young age by her mom, and then took a long break to focus on her academic career studying gender, health, social justice and community building. She rediscovered her love of sewing in her 30s when she began making her own clothes that were full of colour and actually fit her body! As she continues to embrace the joy of sewing, she is expanding her making beyond garments to include quilting and other textile art and needlework. You can find her on Instagram @im_in_my_studio.

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