Trying free patterns it’s a great way to try new pattern companies and if you like their style, you can support independent pattern designers by purchasing their patterns. Most of them have better patterns and instructions that the popular big 4.
Below is a roundup of FREE sewing patterns for woven tops. Check article 21 Free T Shirt Patterns if you are interested in knit patterns!.
Hera Wrap Top
Wordrobe by Me is an European company. It also carries sewing patterns for men. The Hera Wrap Top is a beautiful pattern for woven fabrics. It is for a fake wrap bodice and the neckline is finished with a facing and includes cute flutter cap sleeves. The bodice is attached to a curved peplum. It uses an elastic at the waist through a casing.
Light weight fabrics such as rayon, crepe, or chiffon are suitable for this pattern
0-20 (30-50 European). Bust up to 45.5″ and hips up to 48.5″. The bust has about 2″ of positive ease.
The Sorbetto Top is a free pattern for Seamwork Magazine subscribers. It comes with 3 versions and is available in sizes 0-26 (bust 33-54 inches). The top features a center front box pleat and bust darts for shaping. Scoop neckline and armholes are finished with bias tape. This tunic length version has a side seam vent and slight high-low hem, which is finished with a facing.
This is a basic top that you can use to add your own designs!
The Stella Top is a free pattern from Love Sewing Magazine. This pattern does not come with the instructions, but if you’ve sewn similar patterns it should be very easy to construct. To download, you’ll need to create an account with an username and password. This pattern is a great introduction into being creative with bias binding, this pattern encourages you to practice your technique with homemade or shop-bought bias, as well as select striking color combinations.
The Make me Next Boxy Top by Love Sewing Magazine has a square neck on the front and a V neck on the back. It comes in UK sizes 8-20.
The Boxy Top by Peppermint Magazine has 3 panels and buttons on the back. You can color block or use stripes in different directions as shown in the picture. It has facing on the neck and a sleeve band. This pattern is one of my favorites.
Shirt No 1
The Shirt No 1 is available for free via Creativebug. This pattern is designed to be simple enough for an absolute beginner but with enough customization to keep an advanced sewist engaged. The class includes three new variations: a contrasting yoke, a kicky bias-cut bottom, and a sweet button-front version.
Monique Sample Linen T
The Fabric Store has tons of free patterns and beautiful linen fabric. Monique Simple Linen T has boxy high-low hem and button and loop closure. Neck finish is bias binding.
Drop Sleeve Top
The Drop Sleeve Top by Avid Seamstress it has very relaxed fit with elbow length dropped sleeves. It has a neck facing and a button at the back. Come in sizes UK 6-22 (US 4-18).
The Simple Sew tie-top pattern is available from Love Sewing Magazine. It is great pattern to make a breezy summer blouse and practice your bias binding skills!