Love Sewing Magazine Bexley Smock Top: DIY Linen High Low Hem Top

Love Sewing Magazine Bexley Smock Top by In The Folds

Hi Friends,

Being perfectly honest with you I don’t generally buy sewing magazines. I am too lazy to trace patterns off and I prefer looking up techniques on line. But I saw a snap of this pattern, The Bexley smock top, on Instagram a few weeks back and I liked the look of it enough to go out and buy the magazine, trace it off, and sew it up.

The pattern can be found in issue 26 of Love Sewing magazine. I believe the pattern itself was created by In the Folds, but, at the moment, the pattern is licensed exclusively to Love Sewing Magazine, so the only way you can get it is through them.

Love Sewing Magazine Bexley Smock Top by In The Folds

The fabric I used is a checked linen that I bought in India last year. For a bit of added interest I cut the yokes on the bias. In terms of changes I ended up lengthening the top (front and back) by 3.5 inches and slightly widening at the hips. Lengthen/ shorten lines are included, helpfully, on the pattern. It would have been nice to have had a line drawing or at least a shot of the back view but, as this was essentially a free pattern, I won’t complain too much 🙂

Love Sewing Magazine Bexley Smock Top by In The Folds

I also shortened the sleeves by 1 inch and took 5/8ths inch for the hem. The only thing to watch out for is that the neckline binding piece as provided is about half the length it is supposed to. Don’t forget to stay stitch.

Love Sewing Magazine Bexley Smock Top by In The Folds

Of course my husband declared this had a maternity look to it (pft!) but I have already worn this top and it’s light and breezy and perfect for wearing casually on hot sticky days.

So that’s a quick review of sorts. I find I can never have enough tops in my wardrobe! I am on a mission to add to my summer collection at present.

Until soon,






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I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing everyone can get to see mine.

27 thoughts on “Love Sewing Magazine Bexley Smock Top: DIY Linen High Low Hem Top

  1. This shirt is right up my ally! Love it! Your husband doesn’t understand how summer heat stickiness, affects women, lol.

    This weekend, I just so happened to pick up McCalls 5640 which is a shift dress/shirt. It’s Some what similar. It’s yolk is much smaller. I’m no pattern drafter but, I wonder if I can switch it up like yours. I like yours much better! I NEED cooooool and comfortable. I’m in Arizona. It was 104° yesterday.

    1. Thanks nwspooner. I checked your pattern out very quickly: I think with the right fabric it could be cute and perfect for hot weather. Or yep, try enlarging the yoke if you’re feeling brave 🙂

  2. Some of those free magazine patterns can be fantastic, especially if you make them your own.
    that fabric is so pretty, I was hoping you were going to say where you got it….I was hoping off the Internet. …o well!

    1. Thanks Priya. Sorry you will have to travel over to India to buy some! Or what about checking some place like merchant and mills? They sell some nice cottons and linens.

  3. My Husband also thinks that anything not waisthugging looks like maternity. Charming caveman. If it were up to them we would all be wearing fit and flare all the time. If I get that comment, I say: “Good, that is the look I was going for.” And I never got a seat on the bus with my empire waist dress, so…

  4. Such a lovely top! The yoke looks great. I do buy sewing magazines but am usually too lazy to trace off patterns – but I might make an exception after seeing your make 😊

  5. This looks so good, I love your fabric choice! I really fancied making this pattern up when I got my magazine but can’t think of any suitable fabrics in my stash and can’t really justify any new fabric when I’ve got so much. I’ll definitely make it one day though and must remember to check back here for your review, and increase the neckband length.

  6. I seen your photo in this top in Instagram a couple of day before and fell in love immediately. I love this style! I downloaded a pattern from the Love Sewing Magazine (it is free) but there is no sizes. Could you possibly help me to solve what do 1, 2, 3, 4 mean?
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi 1 – 4 are the sizes with 1 being the smallest size (bust 81cm) and 4 being the largest size (bust 116cm). 2 is 91cm and 3 is 101cm. Don’t know if you have downloaded the instructions but the sizes are printed in there.

      1. Thank you for the help! Only pattern (without instructions) is available to download.

  7. I’m cutting out my pattern today. I have high hopes for this pattern. I really need a smock top pattern and have tried two commercial patterns and the ryan top by whitney deal. The ryan top was a terrible fit and could not be altered (by me anyway). Fingers crossed!

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