Everyone knows that sewing gives you superpowers. First on that long list is the ability to break the rules and make garments that represent you and your taste. We want to encourage you to think of our patterns as a blank canvas that you can customize to truly suit your style.
The Ace top
Our pattern hacks are designed to teach you hacking basics that help you customize patterns so that you can become a confident pattern hacker. Each month, we will show you how to draft and sew one new pattern hack, and we’ll share links to two additional pattern hacks from our pattern hacks library.
These hacks help you give your Seamwork patterns a custom spin—all you need is paper, a ruler, and a pencil!
This month, we teach you how to slash and spread the sleeves on your Ace top, giving you some fun bell sleeves! You can also check out the other hacks we have for the Ace top, which include lengthening the top to a dress and another that changes the silhouette into a trapeze top.
Note: For best results, be sure to make any necessary fit adjustments before hacking your pattern.
HACK ONE: Bell sleeves
Who doesn’t love to rock some bell sleeves? They’ve been on trend lately, and whether you like them big or small, you can make the bell sleeves of your dreams for your Ace top.
- Assemble the shirt bodice according to the pattern instructions.
- With right sides together, pin the sleeve cap to the armhole of the shirt and serge.
- With right sides together, match the side seam of the front, back, and sleeve. Pin and serge.
- Hem the sleeve by folding the hem to the wrong side at 5/8" (15 mm). Pin and edgestitch in place.
Lengthening to a dress
Lengthen your Ace top to a dress using this hack from issue 48.
Change the silhouette of your Ace top into a trapeze style using this hack from issue 53.