Transition from cold winter weather to the lighter and brighter days of spring with this boho top pattern. Made in a beautiful robin’s egg blue, this spring shirt pattern features an overall relaxed fit, bell sleeves and gathers at the waist. This sewing pattern is recommended for advanced beginners and is perfect for light-to-medium weight fabrics like chambray or lawn. This top pattern is ideal for breezy spring days and can be paired with jeans, slacks, or skirts, making it an excellent staple for your spring wardrobe.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner
Note: Please read the instructions thoroughly before you begin.
- From 1 3/4 yards of light to medium weight woven fabric
- Note: Light to medium weight WOVEN fabric such as lawn, voile, chambray, satin, or challis are recommended for the top.
- Coordinating polyester thread
- 1/4 yard of fusible interfacing
- PDF Pattern – This is located at the bottom of this page. Please see printing instructions below.
Note: To download this pattern, click on the pattern download button at the bottom of the page. We recommend opening your pattern download using Adobe Acrobat.
Before you begin, a few notes on printing this pattern from the designer:
- This printable PDF pattern is assembled BY OVERLAPPING THE PAGES 1/2 inch.
- This pattern is available in A4 and Letter options.
- To print this pattern, open the PDF document. Select FILE — PRINT. Choose the ACTUAL SIZE or SCALE 100%.
PRINTED PATTERN LAYOUT:
PATTERN SIZES AND COLOR-CODED LINES:
SIZES FOR SAMPLE PATTERNS:
Note: Please, select your TOP with this chart. The pattern has 3’’ ease at bust point for the top.
CUTTING LAYOUT AND YARDAGE REQUIREMENT:
1 3/4 yards of woven fabric
PIECES YOU WILL NEED:
Please check the correct pieces you will need to start your project.
COLOR-CODED PIECES TO READ THIS TUTORIAL:
Through this tutorial, you will see THREE main colors to easily identify the side of the fabric OR piece you are working with.
Preparing Your Pattern Pieces:
- Wash your fabrics before cutting to prevent shrinking.
- It is recommended to make a muslin or use a cheap fabric to check that the fitting and style of the pattern is exactly what you are looking for.
- Read the instructions carefully before starting this pattern.
- Gather all supplies you will need for this project.
- It is recommended to practice on areas and techniques that you are not familiar with, before doing them on the final project.
- Fold the ends of each shoulder dart legs together and stitch towards the point. Change to a very short stitch length about 1/2” from the point and continue stitching to the point. Press the darts towards the center back.
- Gather the back bodice pieces and place them together from the center back, right sides facing. Pin the pieces together.
- Now, stitch the center back with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. You can use a serger or an overlocking stitch for a clean seam finishing. Then, press the seams to one side.
- Open the back bodice and press the seams flat again.
- Fold the ends of the bust dart legs together and stitch towards the point. Change to a very short stitch length about 1/2” from the point and continue stitching to the point. Press the darts towards the bottom.
- Then, place front and back bodices together, right sides facing. Match the shoulder and side seams and pin them with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
- Now, stitch the shoulder seams and side seams with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Press seams flat.
- Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the front and back facings.
- Stack the facings together right sides facing at the shoulders. Stitch the facing shoulder seams with a 3/8” seam allowance. Press the seams flat. Finish the raw bottom edge of the facing with a serger or an overlocking stitch.
- Pin facing and the top’s neckline together, matching centers and shoulder seams. Stitch facing to neckline with a 3/8” seam allowance.
- Trim away a small v from the center front seam allowance. Make sure to not clip the stitching line. Trim facing seam allowance down to 1/4”, then press the facing to the inside of the top.
- Stitching from the right side of the top, stitch the facing down using a straight stitch 1/8” from the finished edge of the facing.
- Fold the sleeve in half. Then, stitch the seam with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Press seam flat. Repeat for the second sleeve.
- Turn the sleeves to the right side and insert them into the bodice. Match the armhole notches and armhole seam with the bodice side seams.
- Then, stitch the sleeves to the bodice with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Press seams towards the sleeve.
- Sew 2 rows of gathering stitches along the top edge of the sleeve ruffles 3/8” from each short edge. Pull the bobbin threads to gather the ruffles.
- Fold the sleeve ruffles right sides facing and sew the short sides together with a 3/8” seam allowance. Press the seam flat.
- Fit the ruffle inside the sleeve. Adjust the gathers to fit, then sew the ruffle to the sleeve with a 3/8” seam allowance. Finish the seam allowance with a serger or overlocking stitch. Press seam towards sleeve and repeat for the second ruffle.
- Double fold the ruffles 1/2 inch towards the wrong side and press. Finish the ruffles with a straight stitch close to the pressed fold.
- Bring the peplum pieces to the table. Place them both together, right sides facing.
- Stitch the side seams with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
- Baste stitch the top of the peplum. Pull and gather the peplum. Adjust as needed for the bodice.
- Insert and stitch the peplum to the bodice with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
- Turn to the right side of the fabric and press flat. Double fold the peplum hemline with a 3/8 inch towards the wrong side and press.
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