I’m so happy to share a new free sewing pattern printable for you! This easy sewing pattern is not just any pattern that I randomly decided to share for free. It actually has a special story and is named for a special lady. I’ll share her story below after a few other details about this pattern.
Sewing Pattern Naming Update
If you’ve been familiar with my patterns prior to this free pattern, you’ll notice that this pattern now has a number, SSM1026. With so many indie pattern brands naming their patterns after women’s names, it can probably get confusing when there are shared pattern names across the brands. So look forward to seeing future pattern names change to the naming convention of SSM####.
How to Get the Free Sewing Pattern
Many of my newsletter subscribers have already had a chance to grab the free sewing pattern. I’ve even seen this adorable make by a subscriber on Instagram!
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Of course, this is a gift to you! Please limit use of this pattern to your personal use.
About the Susanne Pattern
This beginner sewing pattern is a great top that is only 4 pattern pieces and is great for a quick afternoon sew. She can be sewn up by an experienced sewer in an hour.
If you’re a beginner, this is an excellent free sewing pattern top. If you wanted a “how to make a top” pattern, this would be it. Often times beginners select patterns that may a bit too ambitious for their skill level and end up frustrated. This is a great project to get started on that won’t take a lot of materials!
The pattern files include a print-at-home PDF pattern, an A0 copyshop pattern, and the instruction booklet that details how to sew a top step by step. If this is your first pattern from Style Sew Me, you’ll get the full experience of our patterns. No shortcuts were taken just because this pattern is free!
How the Susanne Pattern Came To Be
Last year I received a message from a lovely lady named Heather who wanted me to create a diy top sewing pattern for a book she was publishing.
(I’ve received many requests for custom patterns over the past few years that I have always declined. Custom pattern design was not a part of my vision and availability, so the answer was always an easy “no, thank you” followed by a referral to my friend who specializes in that work.)
But, there was something special about this project and I was called to know more about it.
Heather and her best friend, Susanne who both shared a journey with cancer, had dreamed about creating a book with contributor sewing projects specifically for cancer patients. Unfortunately, Susanne’s time to rest came before the book came to fruition. Heather was continuing on with the mission to bring their vision to life in her memory.
Heather’s vision for me was to create a PDF pattern for a “port shirt”. Heather shared that many cancer patients have a port installed to allow for chemo to be administered.
“A chemo port is a small, implantable reservoir with a thin silicone tube that attaches to a vein. The main advantage of this vein-access device is that chemotherapy medications can be delivered directly into the port rather than a vein, eliminating the need for needle sticks.” Source: Moffit
Heather shared that it is common for chemotherapy patients who aren’t wearing an accessible shirt, like a button down, to have to completely remove their shirts to allow access for the port. And she wanted to have a simple, stylish, easy-to-sew project that they can make that was also port-friendly.
My “no, thank you” quickly turned into a “I have to do this.”
Heather and I began working together and completed the pattern for her project. And I was so honored to be a part of her vision. And naturally when it came time to name the pattern, I suggested we name it after Susanne!
So, since the Susanne pattern was born from Heather and Susanne’s giving spirit, I am paying it forward to my subscribers with this free sewing pattern printable project that you can make for yourself!
When Heather’s project publishes, I’ll come back and update this post with a link for you!