Subscribers free pattern – V-neck top – How to make:

This months addition to the newsletter subscribers free pattern is a V-neck. The V-neck could be applied to the 3/4 sleeve version or the sleeveless version shown here. You could also blend it with the frill sleeve and frill hem options.

The basic boxy top pattern and all other variations are free to newsletter subscribers, details for how to access the patterns are published in the newsletter each month.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

Fabric requirements:

This top works in a variety of fabrics including, cotton lawn, cotton poplin, linen, cotton blends, double gauze and other medium weight fabrics. Made here in linen.

Light weight fusible interfacing

Bias binding – approx 1 metre

See pattern for fabric quantities

To Cut:

Use pieces B from the first pattern cut 1 on the fold.

Use piece F from the 3/4 sleeve version – cut 1 on fold

O – Cut 1 on fold

P – Cut 1 on fold.

How to make:

The seam allowance is 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.

Apply fusible interfacing to the facing pieces.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

  1. With RST (right sides together) pin and stitch the neck facings together at the shoulder seams. Press the seams open. Neaten the outer raw edge.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

2. With RST pin and stitch the front and back together at the shoulder seams. Neaten raw edges and press the seams open.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

3. With RST and shoulder seams matched pin the neck facing to the neck edge. Stitch, trim the seam to approximately 1cm. Clip into the V point and around neck edge especially the curve at the back.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

4. Turn the facing to inside the garment. Under-stitch around the neck edge. Start near the V at the front and finish the other side of the V. It won’t be possible to stitch around the end of the V, starting and stopping about 1cm away from the point will still give a neat finish. To under-stitch stitch on the right side of the facing catching the seam only.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

5. Cut a piece of bias binding a little longer than the armhole edge. With RST unfold the edge of the bias binding, pin the bias binding along the crease line with raw edges matched around the armhole edge.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

6. Turn the bias binding to the inside and press. Stitch the bias binding along the inner edge. Neaten the front and back side seams.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

7. With RST pin the front and back together at the side seams. Before sewing check the underarm seams are well matched. Stitch reinforcing with back stitch at the underarm point. Press the seam open. Fold in the upper edge of the seam so it does not show above the armhole.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

8. Top stitch in place.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

9. Pin the facing to the shoulder seam and hand stitch in place.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

10. Turn a hem around the lower edge to complete. If you are working with a lighter weight fabric such as cotton lawn you may prefer to turn a double hem. For this heavier weight linen version I overlocked the edge and turned a slightly deeper 3cm single turned hem.

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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