Amanda vs ruffled Ashton Top

I am a huge fan of a repeat pattern experience. I often don’t post my repeat patterns on here (no-one needed to see my six versions of an ivory merino Plantain Tee) but when I do something fun (floral Zadie) then I’ll have a share. So today you’re getting some sweet repeat action–Ashton Top–and a rad new element–ruffle sleeve–with a bonus “is this too cutesy for me?!” ponder. I’m a lady who likes to (over) share!

As mentioned earlier this is the Ashton Top by Helen’s Closet. I am a huge fan of this pattern and you can read about it here with my polka dot version. This floral number is cropped (ohh err!) so I can wear it with my high waisted chambray Calder shorts.

The fabric is a Liberty lawn called Thorpe which I grabbed from The Fabric Store when it first seemed to pop up everywhere. I am not a small floral print kinda gall but in all honesty, the weather was cold, I was feeling a bit sad and this print seemed rather cheerful so I added it to my cart. As with all of the Liberty lawn I have worked with it is a dream to sew and has a super lovely feel.

Construction wise, I made my Ashton using the bias binding facings and followed a handy tutorial by Made By Madeline on Instagram (saved in her stories highlights). Her instructions are easy to follow and my only regret is I made my ruffle a bit too short as I did it all by estimation.

What I loved about this hack:

  • Easy to follow instructions for both the top and the hack.
  • The cool little power wings. It makes me feel like I’m cosplaying some rad sewing superhero with my tiny shoulder wings!

What I would change for next time:

  • Lengthen the ruffle. I’d like it to extend a little further down.
  • Use the facings. I normally prefer bias binding but I’d like to give it a shot for this.

The Deets

Pattern: Ashton Top by Helen’s Closet

Fabric: 1.5m of Liberty Tana Lawn in Thorpe from The Fabric Store

Notions: thread

Size: 16B

Alterations: ruffle sleeve hack by Me Made by Madeline

See also: my green polka dot version, my giant abstract flower version

Overall, I think this top is super cute but I’m not sure if it is 100% me. I’m going to give it a burl with my mustard Calders and see how I feel with the yellow bringing a bit of pop. It is a super cute hack though and I will be definitely making another wing-a-ling top again in the future!


  1. Hi Amanda – does the 16B feel more comfortable than the D cup versions? Did you need a small FBA? Which fit do you prefer? Regards, Sandra

    • Hi Sandra, I found the B cup to be a good fit for me — my measurements have changed a bit over the last year and I’m still wrapping my head around the change in measurements in my high bust/full bust 🙂

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