Pattern Reviews

Kylie Label DIY Dreams SQ

Matchy Matchy Open Back Top

03—October 2023

This week we review the super cute and versatile Open Back Top Pattern from Matchy Matchy Sewing Club!

Pattern Review — Matchy Matchy Open Back Top
Oct 3 2023

Summertime calls for easy throw on tops and this cute open back tank from Matchy Matchy ticks all the boxes! Picnic perfect in navy gingham, this breezy top will suit a wide range of fabrics - think gauzy cottons, soft linens and shimmery silks. Read our review of this beginner-friendly pattern, kindly modelled by Olivia from our HQ team.

Olivia Matchy Matchy Top Jumping
Olivia Matchy Matchy Top Front Pockets Close
Kylie Label Matchy Matchy Top SQ
Olivia Matchy Matchy Top Back Button Crop
Olivia Matchy Matchy Top Side Pockets
Pattern Review

Matchy Matchy Sewing Club — Open Back Smock Top

The Open Back Smock Top is a fun summer tank pattern, designed for woven fabrics. It features an A-line silhouette with a high front neckline, cropped length, and a split back with a single button closure. Matchy Matchy describe the Open Back Smock Top as a quick and satisfying sew which it totally is! It's also very economical on fabric, we made up a size S and this used less than 1m of a lightweight linen gingham deadstock fabric from our online store. The instructions are very straightforward to follow, and we chose to pattern match the side seam, as well as use french seaming, rather than overlocking. This top fit Olivia really well, and we can see it being super popular with shorts and sandals at the beach or park on hot summer days!

Download the Open Back Smock Top from the Matchy Matchy Sewing Club here.

Olivia Matchy Matchy Top Front Holding Hem Clsoe
Olivia Matchy Matchy Summer Walking
Fabric Recommendations

Matchy Matchy Sewing Club recommend using light-midweight woven fabrics for this pattern, such as linen, cotton, and silks. We picked a lightweight linen/cotton blend, using under 1m at 140cm wide. How cute does this top look in gingham?! If you're a gingham fan, we have loads available in stores and online.

Alternatively, here are a few suggestions below that would work well for a pattern like this. Clockwise from top left is Self Stripe Soft Cotton - Glaucous, Daisy Cotton Broderie Anglaise - Firethorn, Gingham Cotton Shirting - Navy, Graphic Plaid Cotton Voile - White Mix, Vine Leaves Cotton - Russet and Jumbo Stripe Cotton Poplin - Red.

Cotton Piles Landscape
Below, Oliva wears the Open Back Top with a pair of our Make by TFS Sparrow Shorts in Organic Hemp!
SQ Olivia Matchy Matchy Top Dancing
Olivia Matchy Matchy Top Front DIY Daisy Label
Olivia Matchy Matchy Top Back Pockets Smiling

If you are a beginner sewist looking for a summery, fun make, we'd definitely recommend trying this pattern out! Don't forget, we would love to see what you're working on, tag us @wearethefabricstore over on Instagram and TikTok, so we can follow along!

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