This sewing pattern is suitable for sewing enthusiasts with intermediate skills. In order to create this garment you must know how to sew with knit fabrics, ease curved edges to fit, and operate a serger.
This pattern requires knit fabric with a minimum 25% stretch across grain. The pattern pieces are drafted without allowing for ease, which is common for knits, but it doesn’t allow for much wiggle room if you pick a fabric that doesn’t stretch easily.
Also note that I used the bodice fabric to make the neckband. If you are a hardcore ribbing fan, then go for it; you might have to reduce the width on the bands and cuffs to make up for the extra stretch.
I did all of my sewing using a domestic sewing machine and serger. If you have a coverstitch, please feel free to use that, but it’s not necessary. However, a serger is highly recommended. I’ve made knit tops using only a sewing machine in the past, and even with the stretch stitch setting, the stitching around the neck and waistbands still breaks right away. Use a serger!!
Measurements of finished garments:
Small 34.5″ Bust
Medium 37″ Bust
XL 43” Bust
XXL 46” Bust
*1.5-2 yards knit fabric with minimum 25% stretch across grain
And a 1/2″ seam allowance is included on the sewing pattern, but is not marked.
Let’s get started!
Print up your test square, which should measure 4″ x 4″. If the measurements are correct, go ahead and print the sewing pattern PDF. If the measurements on the test square don’t add up to 4″ x 4″ then you have to adjust your printer settings before printing the pattern.
***Please note: the pattern pieces for the front and back bodices are mostly the same pieces. You are not missing pattern pieces! The only pattern change from front to back bodice is that you swap out the Centre Front/Centre Back neckline piece (marked as piece #2 in picture):
Once your pattern is printed, lay out your pages so that the numbered dots near the edges of the pages match up with the corresponding numbered dots (1A with 1A, 2B with 2B, etc). It should look like actual sewing pattern pieces when you do that:
Attach the pages together so that those numbered dots line up, trimming pages to reduce paper bulk where necessary.
Lay out your pattern pieces on the fabric, right sides together, aligning folded edges as needed. Cut pieces out.
With right sides facing, pin Bodice Front to Bodice Back at the shoulders.
Sew and serge raw edges.
With right sides facing, sew neckband together.
Fold neckband lengthwise, with wrong sides facing. Pin and serge only to neckline of shirt.
With right sides facing, pin and serge your sleeve cap to the armholes of the bodice, starting at the outside edges, easing the sleeves to fit.
You do not need to gather the sleeve caps first, just ease them into place.
With right sides facing, pin and sew the sleeves and side seams, matching the armhole seams.
Double fold sleeve edges and sew hem, using a stretch stitch.
Repeat with waist hem.