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All About the Rory Top

Fabric resources, fitting details, and tutorials to help you build your skills.

Posted in: Patterns • April 30, 2019

Build Your Wardrobe with the Rory Top

We love the silhouette of this top. Rory is cropped, with a relaxed fit that’s gathered into a waistband at the natural waist. With short cut-on sleeves and a stylish boat neck, it looks great paired with high-waisted skirts, shorts, and pants.

Pick a medium or lightweight knit, like cotton jersey, modal, interlock, or rayon and bamboo blends.

Skye is wearing a size 2 Rory top graded to a 4 at the waist with 1 1/4” added to the center front length. Her measurements are 33 1/2”, 27”, 38 1/2” and she is 5’9”.

Tutorials to Build Your Skills

It’s easy to turn this wardrobe basic into something special—just pay attention to fabric! Here are some resources to help you pick the best fabric for the Rory top.

  • How to Sew with Rayon: Saki Jane teaches you all about rayon—and don’t forget, rayon is in knit fabrics, too!

  • Fabric Swaps for Every Season: If you choose your fabric wisely, you can wear the Rory top all year round.

  • Birch Organic Fabrics: If you want your handmade garment to pack an environmental punch, check out fabric companies like Birch, that have modern, organic options.

  • The Joy of Merino Wool: This powerhouse of a fabric is a great choice for almost any knit top.

Learn How to Customize the Rory Top

This month we walk you through three pattern hacks for the Rory top.

The Seamwork team sewed up this month’s patterns along with a bunch of our favorite Seamwork basics.

Shop for Fabric

Rory’s relaxed silhouette works well with almost any knit fabric, like jersey, bamboo, double knit and merino wool. For more drape, pick a lightweight knit, and for a more structured crop, choose something with more body.

Love the samples in this month’s issue? Here is where we sourced the fabric.

Hemp and Organic Cotton Jersey from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.

Get the Perfect Fit

Rory pattern details

Sizes 0 - 16

About the fit

The Rory top is loose-fitted in the bust and has negative ease in the waist.

Sizes 18 - 26

About the fit

The Rory top is loose-fitted in the bust and has negative ease in the waist.

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