Viola is a top designed for knits. The front features an asymmetric neckline, with draped folds that radiate from the shoulder and flow around the body.
Choose from two neckline options: collarless (which is a simpler sew), or an asymmetric collar that complements the diagonal style lines. The back has a shaped centre back seam and a gentle V-shaped neckline.
The sleeves come in three length options: three-quarter length, full length, and past the wrist. While fitted at the shoulders and hem, the bust and waist are less fitted. Viola is perfect for drapey knits.
The details look complex, but by using our simple instructions, you will master the folds and will take your knit garments to a new level.
What you get:
This product is a digital download and includes printable PDFs of the pattern in both A0 (for large format printing at copy shops), and A4/US Letter size (for printing at home).
Included with the pattern is a fully illustrated instruction booklet with step by step directions to achieving sewing success.
- Your PDF files are layered! You can choose to print only the sizes you need.
- Learn to sew dart tucks, a unique collar, and master sewing the intriguing design details. with step-by-step instructions and diagrams.
- Because we know the construction seems intimidating at first, there are also step-by-step videos showing you how to sew each view. We promise it's simpler than it looks!
- The Viola top makes clever use of turnback facings for the neckline, giving a clean finish. No need to sew on bands to finish the neckline edges!
Find all the extra inspiration and info on sewing this pattern at our Viola page.
Check out customer makes on Instagram here.
Light to medium-weight knit fabrics with at least 15% horizontal stretch and good drape. Both two-way stretch and four-way stretch fabrics are suitable. Suggested fabrics include cotton jersey, viscose/rayon jersey, merino jersey, and silk jersey. Stable knits with more body will be easier to sew and make the tuck details more prominent.
A small amount of lightweight fusible interfacing: You may use pre-made fusible tape, or cut your own (1cm/3/8” wide).
Thread. Double-sided fusible web (optional).
The fabric requirements allow for directional prints. Allow extra fabric if lengthening the garment, or matching large-scale prints.
Viola is suitable for intermediate sewers, but confident beginners can sew this pattern too. The video tutorial that accompanies the instructions makes it much easier than you might think! The collarless view is the simpler sewing option. For an easier sewing experience, pick a more stable knit.
Available in sizes 28 - 52.
Our model wears a size 34.
The navy sample is made in an organic cotton interlock knit with the collar view, and below wrist length sleeve (lengthened 5cm/2" for styling). It is paired with our Sabrina pencil skirt in black velvet.
The mauve sample is made in lightweight viscose/spandex blend with the collarless view, and three-quarter sleeve. It is styled with our Ella skirt in cotton.
The lightweight blue sample is made in midweight viscose/spandex blend with the collarless view, and three-quarter sleeve.
The black sample is made in a textured synthetic knit with the collar view, and below wrist length sleeve. It is styled with our Sabrina pencil skirt in velvet.
Forget-me-not patterns are designed for a height of 5’6” (168cm).
See our sizing page for our sizing charts and additional information.