This 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fabric Suggestions from Amazon.com
- 1 1/2 yards of white or solid colored linen
- thread to match
- fusible interfacing (just enough for the facing)
- sewing machine
- 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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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
|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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q0z0QiNVQM
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.
Sew the shoulders at 1/2″ then using your overlocker reduce the seam allowance to 3/8″.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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Until next week, happy sewing!