Lincoln Top

Introducing Lincoln Top: all about fit and fabric!

Mar 7, 2022 | Fabric, Fitting, Lincoln Top, New Pattern Release, News | 6 comments

Lincoln Top

Hi my sewing friends!

Tami here, and I want to introduce the newest Love Notions pattern- the Lincoln Top! This style of top is a little bit of a departure from the designs I typically do so I thought it would be a good idea to give some more info about why we love it!

You can grab your copy here (it’s on sale now!)


First you’ll notice that it’s a boxy, straight fit with no shaping. This style is totally on trend right now! The shoulders are meant to be the drop style so the seams shouldn’t sit right on your shoulder bone like normal. This gives it a more casual look.


The next thing I want to point out is the length. The Lincoln Top comes in two lengths- the standard length is meant to hit right between your high hip and full hip. There is also a more cropped length where only the front of the top is meant to hit at your high hip level. We’re seeing this style more and more lately, especially paired with the popular high waisted jeans. 


Next, you’ll notice the side seams. They’re diagonal! They feature a button placket so you can choose whether to keep them all buttoned or undo one or more buttons. If you don’t love sewing buttonholes, no worries- you can just sew your buttons directly through both plackets. If you choose to go this route you’ll need to decide ahead of time if you want to do all the buttons ‘buttoned’.


Now let’s talk about sizing. This is a unique top with some unique guidelines for choosing a size. Because it’s a straight, boxy fit and there is no shaping, you need to choose your size based on the largest measurement between your full bust, natural waist and high hip. This is so the straight fit will fit your largest measurement.

HOWEVER, If your hips are in greater proportion than the rest of you that might mean this top will fit bigger than intended at the shoulders. This is why I give you two options to choose your size. So you can also choose your size by your high bust to get that shoulder fit perfect and then just realize you’ll have to leave a button or two un-done at the side seam. This is such a cute look!

Keep in mind that everyone is shaped differently, so you should be sure to take a careful look at the finished measurements chart and think about what sizing you will feel most comfortable in.


Finally, let’s talk about fabric. Like with any pattern the look and fit of a garment can change drastically depending on fabric selection. I recommend light to medium weight fabrics with at least 25%, 4-way stretch.

Some good examples of these would be french terry, ponte, cotton/lyrca, modal, double brushed poly and even sweater knit.

  • Heavier, more structured fabrics will give the top a more pronounced boxy fit.
  • Lighter, more drapey fabrics will cling a bit more and flow around your curves more rather than standing out.

If you have any questions feel free to email or join our free FB pattern support group. If you make this top up share it with us! We love to see your makes.

Be sure to check out all of the *amazing* tester photos within the listing. Here are just a few that we are crazy about.

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Lincoln Top


  1. Pam Erny

    Hi there…great design as usual! I thought of this EASY HACK—> Use ZIPPERS instead of buttons!

    • Keira Wood

      That would be such a fun hack!!! Make sure to share with us if you try it. ~K

  2. Chris Dent

    The Lincoln looks FANTASTIC 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 thank you.
    If we’re using the largest part of us to choose the size, does that mean if the full bust is the widest part, a full bust adjustment shouldn’t be necessary?
    Thanks so much.
    Chris 😊

    • Keira Wood

      Thank you Chris! The full bust option is included in the pattern as well. You’d use the full bust piece if the difference between your high bust and full bust is 4″ or more. ~K

  3. polly l maxwell

    I love the two colors, beautiful!!!


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