Open Back Top: The Bathurst Sewing Pattern

I’ve been wanting to make an open back top for a while and then I came across this gorgeous sewing pattern and realised it was a match made in heaven! I’ve always loved the look of open back tops as it’s not too revealing but shows a nice amount of skin and I realised I don’t own any backless tops as I find it so hard to find one that fits nicely. So I thought I’d give it a go and sew my own!

The pattern

The Bathurst Top by Stitch Witch Patterns is a lovely sewing pattern that feels like an absolute essential in any summer wardrobe. The top features an open back tie detail and requires very little fabric as it can be made up of only 1 metre of fabric. The pattern has no zippers or buttons so it’s meant to be a quick and easy sew!

Choosing the fabric

I knew I wanted to make this top in a deep/pine green colour instead of something light, so I chose this really soft viscose twill from Pound Fabrics which was a steal at only £2.50 a metre! I’ve been loving sewing with viscose twill, as I first used this when making The Lois Dress and it feels so soft, drapes beautifully and feels easy to wear! It worked really well with this pattern as the fabric has a little stretch to it, making it nice to pull when tying the straps at the back.


I ended up cutting this out in a size 8, which I thought might be too big and was right. The front fitted absolutely fine but the back felt a little gaping for my liking, so I took in an extra 1/2″ on both side seams which fitted so much better on my body.


This pattern is such a great and easy make that took so little time to put together! It’s a great pattern for beginners as it has no closures, only tie straps to close the back. The instructions are really clear and felt like such a dream to sew. This is one of the first items I’ve made where the insides look as pretty as the outside because I used an overlocker to finish the edges. So if you ever have around a metre of fabric left in your stash, definitely try this pattern as it’s great for using up leftover fabric and is such a stylish, modern top! Overall, I really love this top and am so happy with how its turns out! I’ll definitely be making more of this pattern, maybe next time in a soft cotton!