Linen V-Top Pattern – Spend Late Summer With Style

Linen V-Top PatternThis late summer Linen V-Top pattern is my free and easy pattern for this weekend.  Last week I shared with you my fabric hunting trip in Rome.  So I thought I'd begin to use the fabric before it becomes just another memory in my stash of fabric (plus, the sooner I use it the sooner I can make the excuse to go somewhere to get more fabric).

Linen V-Top Pattern

The linen I purchased at The Azienda Tessile Romana is very delicate with a patchwork woven pattern. It changes the texture slightly and makes it look more luxurious.  The weave is loose so this is the perfect fabric for a wide top like this one.

Linen V-Top Pattern

There are a few places in the world where you can find linen of the absolute highest quality.  Italy, Ireland, Latvia, and Lithuania are the top producers of the finest quality of linen.  Linen from Italy is a thing of the gods, or so the Romans thought.  I happen to agree.  No other fabric has the capacity to take you through a balmy, sweaty, sticky summer like linen can.  The best part is that it lasts for many, many years.  The price might seem high, but given that the fabric will give you many years I think it's worth the investment.

Linen V-Top Pattern

This Linen V-top Pattern is for leggings, shorts, long skirts, pencil skirts, and jeans.  It is loose-fitting allowing you lots of room to move.  It has a V-neck to lengthen the neckline and slim a girl with a large chest.  The front is higher than the back with vents to accommodate larger hips.

Linen V-Top Pattern

Skill Level:  Confident beginner

Please, read all the instructions before starting this project. 

In this Linen V-Top pattern tutorial you will be able to practice sewing a neck facing, understitching, and sewing a casual inserted sleeve, it is the same type of sleeve that you can see on the Kimono Top I share with you before.

I recommend to wash and dry the linen before using it so there is no surprise shrinkage once you sew the fabric.  If you have 2 yards expect shrinkage of 4 to 6″s depending on how tight the weave is.

Pattern Layout

Linen V-Top Pattern

Fabric Suggestions from


  • 1 1/2 yards of white or solid colored linen
  • thread to match
  • fusible interfacing (just enough for the facing)


  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • iron with steam
  • erasable ink or tailor's chalk (this is my preference)

How To Download Your Linen V-top Pattern

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Pattern Download

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Download the Pattern HERE

Sizes:  S to 2XL

As I mentioned before this is a very loose top, so the use of a loose weave fabric is essential so it will drape around and not make it look as if you were wearing a tent.

It is a boxy pattern so the bust measurement is the only measurement you will need

Body Size Measurements

Size S M L XL 2XL
Bust 32 1/2″ – 34″ 36″ – 39″ 40″ – 43″ 44″ – 45 3/4″ 46″ – 48″

How To Sew Your Linen V-Top

The seam allowance is included; it's 1/2″ on the sides and armbands, and 1/4″ on the neckline.

NOTE:   I want to say thank you to Carie who kindly pointed out that I have forgotten to add the seam allowance to the pattern, please do so.

The facings do not have seam allowance so please add a 1/4″ to make them 1″ wide after you have attached it to the neckline.

The best and fastest way will be to use your overlocker.  This time I am using the Brother 1034D.  It's one of the most popular overlockers globally and the easiest to use.  We even have a video to help you thread the machine, check it out here:

Apply fusible interfacing to a rectangle large enough to accommodate the facing.  Cut the facing and put it aside, we will sew the shoulders first.

Step One:  Sew The Shoulders

Using your tailor's chalk mark the vents end the sleeves. Linen V-Top Pattern

Sew the shoulders at 1/2″ then using your overlocker reduce the seam allowance to 3/8″. Linen V-Top Pattern

Iron the seam towards the back.

Step Two: Sew The Sides

Flatten the top of your work area then, using your overlocker, sew the sides without cutting the fabric. Linen V-Top Pattern

Right sides facing each other sew the top from the armhole mark to the vent.  Iron the seam allowance OPEN.  *THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP*  Later, the seam allowance will become the vent and the hem. 

Linen V-Top Pattern

Step Three: Sewing The Facing

Right sides together sew the facing on the sides.  Iron the seam allowance open.

Match the seam allowances of both the top and the facing with right sides facing each other. Pin the facing to the neckline and sew at 3/8″.

Snip the seam allowance every 3/8″, stopping 1/8″ before the stitching.  The most important cut is going to be at the front where the V is located. Cut to but not through stopping at about 1/8″. Turn the facing inside out.  Iron the facing, turning the hem 1/8″, or use your serger to clean the edges.   Understitch the facing, make sure the seam allowance is with the facing away from the blouse.

If you have a hard time understanding this step please have a read at the following tutorial, it describes in detail how and why to understitch.

Understitching a Facing, Neckline, or Lining


Sew the facing down using a small stitch.

Step Four: Sewing The Sleeves Band

Measure from the shoulder seam to the side seam.

For example if your measurement is 9″ + seam allowance = 9 3/8″.   You will multiply this by 2 (9 3/8″ X 2) = 18 3/4″.  This is the length of the armband. The width is 6″. 

Fold the armband lengthwise.  Right side together.

Sew at 3/8″.  Iron the seam open.

Fold the arm band width wise, wrong sides touching each other, the seams should be facing each other and right side will be outside.

Insert the band in the sleeve.  Sew the armband to the blouse at 1/2″, matching the side seam.  Then using your overlocker, reduce the seam allowance to 3/8″.  Please notice: the picture below is for illustration purposes, you need to align the raw edge of the band with the serged edge of the armhole.


Use your overlocker to reduce the seam allowance to 3/8″.

Step Five: Making The Vent And Hemming The Top

Start by turning under the seam allowance 1″ above the vent.

When you reach the vent make sure you have turned under 1/4″.

Continue turning the vent 1/4″ until the hemline. Top Stitch the vent using a small stitch very close to the edge.

Now it is time to hem the V-neck top.  Fold the hem 1/4″.  Iron. Then, for the hem another 1/4″.  Sew the hem using a small stitch.

Lastly, using very small zigzag tack the vent opening to avoid it from ripping after wear and washing.

Now you are ready to iron the top and wear it with your favorite shorts, skirt or jeans.  This is how I'm planning to wear this top. What do you think?

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I hope you enjoyed this Linen V-Top Pattern and tutorial, join me next week when I'll be showing you how to paint some flowers to this top with a product I found that has got me very excited.  Can you try and guess what it is?

Don't forget to comment or ask your questions in the space below.

Until next week, happy sewing!

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103 Responses to Linen V-Top Pattern – Spend Late Summer With Style

  1. Terri says:

    it’s best to sew facing on before sewing side seams, while the garment is flat.

  2. Melissa says:

    Hi Mayra,

    Any tips to sew the corners of the folded hem? It seems a bit bulky to sew on

    Thank you and I love this pattern!

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi, Melissa walking your foot using your hand at the wheel normally does the trick. If not do use a walking foot.

  3. Melissa says:

    Hi Mayra,
    I think there are missing instructions on the sleeves part. I am stuck there as of now. If you could kindly tell me what to do with the raw edges of the sleeve. Nothing was mentioned about it


    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Melissa thanks for letting me know, I will see if I have more pictures to covered the sleeves more in detail.

  4. Rita says:

    Hi Mayra, Just about to sew the facing but the V doesn’t seem deep enough for me doing the XL version. Help!

  5. Carien says:

    Hi Mayra, thank you for this lovely pattern! The instructions mention that seam allowance is included, is this also the case for the facings? I didn’t add any seam allowance for these, and when sewing the facings to the neck I’m ending up with suspiciously little fabric.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      What seam allowance did you use?

      • Carien says:

        I sewed at 3/8”. This leaves about 5/8” of facing.

      • Carien says:

        I sewed at 3/8”, which leaves about 5/8” of facing.

        • Mayra Cecilia says:

          Indeed, you are right I did not add the seam allowance to the facing I will amend the instructions thanks to you. I would not have found out until I start editing the video, Thank you! Sadly, you could add a bigger facing if you have enough fabric but that would mean you will need to rip off the one you sewn or just serge the edge of the facing without cut off any fabric and stitching the facing down very closed to the edge.

          • Carien says:

            Hi Mayra, I indeed ripped off the facing and started again with a bigger one (seam allowance included). I now notice it is very hard to get the facing to lay flat and look like a continuation of the shirt, even with clipping and understitching. Readjusting the seams between front and back facings helped a little but did not solve it fully. Do you perhaps have some tricks for this? And when sewing the facing down, is the facing folded over just 1/4” or all the way down to the seam with the understitching? The latter nicely hides all the facing backside also on the inside of the shirt, but it does not leave as much facing sticking out from the neck as on the picture.

          • Mayra Cecilia says:

            Hi Carien, yes it is called under stitching, and this technique is precisely for this purpose to help facing lay flat. Dearest girl, Did you read all the instructions before starting the project? 😉

          • Carien says:

            Yes, I read the instructions many times and understitched as described. I don’t fully understand how to sew the facing down, and the facing still doesn’t lay flat, so I’ll finish the neckline with bias binding instead. That is less nice than your design for sure, but after several times trying I don’t have a better plan. Thanks for your help so far

          • Mayra Cecilia says:

            Without a picture it is hard for me to see what went wrong except that I can bet it has to do with the grain of the fabric. I will take this comment into consideration and add it to my video. Thank you!

  6. jeanne mohr says:

    This is going to be my next project! With wovens, I usually need a forward shoulder adjustment. Can you tell me if there is any forward shoulder slope built into the pattern originally? Thank you for this pattern

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Jeanne, I don’t think you will require a forward shoulder adjustment here since the pattern has no sleeves and the front is longer than the back, just as long as you use loose woven linen I think it will drape well on you, however, I do not know where there the v neck will gape on you since I do not know how forward you shoulders are. This is an excellent question, will you please let me know what you ended doing with the pattern and the final result? Looking forward…

  7. Cathy says:

    Hi, I’m new to the site and wanted to try the linen top. Problem is I have a 50” bust and wondered if I can enlarge this pattern or not. Thank you for help!

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