Oversized Pullover Top – Basic Athleisure Wardrobe

An Oversized Pullover Top is a basic item in my athleisure wardrobe, and I am very happy to share it with you this weekend.

oversized pullover

In case you missed it, last week we made the City Joggers Pants that so many of you downloaded last week. I big thank you to those of you who donated to the site using Kofi. Some of you choose to be anonymous, some of you chose to leave a message which I greatly enjoy reading every week. Honestly, some of the messages are so kind that it makes me cry sometimes. Thank you, even if I do not know who you are, it is so heartwarming.

oversized pullover

Back to this project, I have used a contrasting fabric so you can see how the neck and sleeves look folded. You certainly do not have to do the same. I have also shortened the sleeves and the torso of the pattern so my daughter, who is petite, can wear it with a mini skirt, thick leggings, and a pair of over-the-knee boots.

oversized pullover

This oversized pullover top is the kind you can make in a couple of hours. It has a cowl collar to keep your neck warm.

It has rolled sleeves that match the collar.


  • 1 1/2 yards of 62″ wide medium weight cotton fabric with minimum 25% lycra, double knits, sweatshirt knits, polar fleece, knitted velour
  • 1 yard of double knit to contrast the collar and the sleeve (Optional)
  • thread to match


  • sewing machine
  • rotary cutter (optional)
  • serger (optional)
  • scissors
  • pins
  • jersey sewing needle number 70 or 80

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Pattern Download Here

Pattern Layout For The Oversized Pullover Top

Garment Finished Measurements

Size Bust Length
XS 43″ 29 1/2″
S 45″ 30″
M 48 1/2″ 30 1/2″
L 52 1/2″ 31″
XL 56 1/2″ 31 1/2″
2XL 60 1/2″ 32″

Sewing Instructions

Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner

The seam allowance of 5/8″ is included.

The cowl collar piece must be drawn according to your size and is not included in the pattern. It's a simple rectangle that would otherwise take up a lot of space in the pattern.

If you want to modify the length please have a look at this tutorial on how to lengthen a pattern.

Step One: Sew the shoulders

Sew the shoulders at 3/8″. Serge the seams.

Step Two: Sew the sides

Step Three: Sew the sleeves

Serge the sides of the sleeves.

Serge the narrow edge of the facings.

Attach the sleeve facing to the hem of the sleeve.

Print sides facing each other sew the facing to the sleeve at 3/8″. Serge.

Topstitch the facing, make sure the facing is laying flat and the sleeve side has turned.

Fold the sleeve print side facing each other, sew the sides of the sleeve from the arm to the facing hem.  

Step Four: Sew the sleeve to the body

Place the body of the oversized pullover top wrong side out on the table, front facing you. Turn the sleeve right side out.

Insert the sleeve into the armhole.

Align the notch of the sleeve to the shoulder seam.

Align the sleeve seam to the side seam of the pullover top.

Make sure you have the back of the sleeve towards the back of the top. This is easily seen as a two-notch mark on the sleeve.

Step Five: Making the cowl collar

Measure all around the neckline.

Trace a rectangle using the measurement you have taken from the neckline, minus one inch, add the seam allowance times two.

Sew the rectangle on the narrower side.

Fold lengthwise to make a band. Mark the center of the band and the sides to match with the shoulder seams, front and back of the pullover.

Sew around the neckline, make sure the seam of the collar matches the back center of the pullover.

Finally, hem the pullover top. 

Next week I will be showing you three ways to hem using the machine you have at your disposal.  A basic sewing machine, serger, or a cover stitch will all be covered.

Hope you enjoy this oversized pullover top pattern, it makes for a good sew and a great last-minute gift, perfect for a young girl or anyone wanting a relaxed look. 

Let me know how you went in the comments below. And, Until Next Time, Happy Sewing.

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36 Responses to Oversized Pullover Top – Basic Athleisure Wardrobe

  1. JenVP says:

    I could not find any instructions to finish the cuff- or notation as to how you finished the hem- I will have no problems finishing the garment, but it would be nice to know your intention
    It might also be a good option to finish sleeve all in one fabric with instructions as to how to anchor/and how much extend and to fold when using one piece sleeve.
    Then the process could be used on any sleeve that is too long.
    Thank you for all you patterns-J

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Jen Great suggestions, perhaps you would like to read the instructions I have already written on the site. I will add more pictures of the hem so you can see how I have finished it.

  2. pamela says:

    I live in a hot climate. Could this pattern be made from “flowy” fabric?

  3. Connie says:

    I’ve almost finished the top, but I don’t understand how to finish the cuff on the sleeves. you end with showing how to set the sleeves but not how to finish the cuffs.
    Thank You for your help with this.

  4. Molla K says:

    Why do you say its “free” but it won’t download unless you add an amount

  5. Lyn says:

    Thanks for the pattern. Is there anywhere I can check the body (not garment) measurements for the x small size. Above it says x small has body measurement as 43″ but I’m assuming that is the garment . My bust is 32″ HB 30″ so a large difference I have purchased patterns from you but haven’t been able to sew yet so am unfamiliar with your sizing. tia

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Lyn, thanks for the comment indeed I have mislabelled the chart, they are garment finished measurements. It is an oversized top so allow at least 8 inches of ease.

  6. Ann Bryner Hedington says:

    Are the measurements given actual body measurements, or pattern measurements? I usually wear a 2x, but those measurements are a lot bigger than me!

  7. Kathy Boyd says:

    I could live in this top and the city joggers from last week!

  8. Barbara Reissen says:

    I didn’t see how thick to make the cowl neck triangle, What suggestions do you have for thickness?

  9. Linda G says:

    How deep is the rectangle for the collar in order to give the rise and fold or drape shown? Only the length measurement calculation appears in the instructions.

  10. Mary says:

    Cute top but I can tell you don’t live where it’s really cold! There’s too much skin exposed for me to wear this alone, in the winter in Minnesota, no matter what it’s made out of. But I always wear a layer, usually with a turtleneck, all winter, anyway.

  11. Lynn Samuels says:

    Could you please tell me how deep to make the rectangle for the collar?

  12. lynne says:

    Thank you so much.I love the collar

  13. Lyn says:

    Thanks for the pattern, though I think it will be too large on me. I’m assuming the “Body Measurements” you listed are finished garment measurements? My HB is 30″ and FB 32″ so the smallest 43″ is is a lot of ease, looks cosy though. I’ve purchased but not made your patterns yet so I’m unfamiliar with the sizing. I’ve stayed the same size since puberty (50yrs!) but have been outsized with ‘vanity’ sizing, so hard to get patterns and clothes to fit 🙁 thanks though.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Lyn, it is cosy and yes it is “oversized”. You are so right but imagine if I publish the sizes as they should, I would get so much hate mail. PC has been so toxin it is suffocating us all. I see your dilemma, I used to work in Sydney as a pattern maker and the smallest size is still 2 or 3 sizes too big for you. Dotty might be the only label that would have a size for you but can be a little trashy.. I will keep you in mind for the next year especially on the upcoming series “Dressing like Channel” Kind Regards,

  14. Picot Stitch says:

    Can I ask where we can get the pattern for the tiny purse in the pic please? Thanks

  15. Candace Blanton says:

    This is really a pretty top. I love the cowl. But, I tried to find how wide to cut the cowl piece. It’s easy enough to measure the opening for the length. I’m just not sure yet about the width….Thanks

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      I might have forgotten that detail. It is 11″ including seam allowance but if you want the cowl wider, play around with a piece of fabric and see how it looks. Thanks for letting me know.

  16. Carol Ann MacArthur says:

    I think this is a really great pattern. I am curious to know if there is a reason you have not used a flat construction to insert the sleeves? I find this method much easier and use it whenever possible.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      You can if you want, the difference is on the way it drapes, being a medium weight fabric it lumps on the armpit. Had I used a more fluid fabric I would have used the flat method. The flat method is the trade way of attaching sleeves in a mass production method, it is used to save time while sacrificing esthetics depending on the fabric of course.

  17. Karen says:

    Does the collar need to be cut on the bias or on the crosswise or lengthwise grain?

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