If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’m a fan of all things “swing”. When this pattern came out from Named Clothing it immediately went onto my “to sew” list. Then this fabric crossed my path and I knew it was a match made in heaven.
There are so many things I love about the Named Minttu Top. I love the clean lines of the neck and armhole, the modern cut of the back armhole, the unique side panel and swing shape. This pattern is a great example of how a few subtle changes can really elevate a basic style, and I am a super fan of basics with a twist.
I wasn’t quite sure what fabric I’d want to make the Minttu in until I acquired this fun large scale gingham check jersey knit from a destash on instagram (I don’t remember from who – please let me know if it was you!) I just love instagram destash sales dont you?? I got about a yard and a half of this fabric. It was quite a while ago so I don’t remember how much I paid. But the moment I saw it I knew I wanted it, and I immediately thought of the Minttu tank. This fabric is so soft, I love to wear this top when I’m feeling like a “jeans and t-shirt” type of day but don’t want to look sloppy.
I decided to have some fun with the pattern and cut the side panels on the bias to play with the direction of the check. I really love the way it turned out. Another subtle design detail that really makes this basic top more interesting. I constructed it completely on my serger except the twin needle hem, which I used some wonder tape to stabilize before sewing in place.
Other than changing the direction of the side panel, the only other change I made was to take about 3” off the hem. I like my tops to fall just past the top of my jeans. I did this after I sewed it, but in the future if/when I make another Minttu I will make this adjustment on the pattern as not to loose any of the swing.
See my Minttu in action & get a peak of the insides here:
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Pattern: Named Minttu Top
Size Sewn: 0
Fabric: Gingham Check Jersey Knit from an Instagram Destash Sale
Notions: Thread and fuse tape for the hem
Adjustments: Hemmed 3”
Finishes: Serged seams, double needle hem
Sew it again? Yes! love this elevated basic