Vera - Knit top (Free PDF pattern)

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Vera is a top pattern designed for knit fabrics that has a fun, full sleeve and an elegantly subtle V-neck. This take on a bishop sleeve features two different cuff options. Or, you can leave the cuff off for a simple flared sleeve! The V-neck and the gathering create extra interest and make Vera a little more challenging than a basic tee pattern.
The Vera top is fitted at the bust, while mild shaping at the side seams creates a relaxed fit through the waist. The hemline is a mild high-low shape.
Try it cool and summery with a viscose knit and no cuff, or consider making the long cuff in a warm merino. If you want a different look and slightly easier sew, there is a paid scoop neck expansion available, which extends your options, and is compatible with both the Vera knit top and the Iris tee.

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.

Special features:

- Your PDF files are layered! You can choose to print only the sizes you need. 

- Vera offers a comfy knit take on a traditional bishop sleeve. You'll be surprised how quickly it comes together! 

- Learn how to sew gathers, a V-neck neck band, and fitted knit cuffs, with step-by-step instructions and diagrams. 

- This is a good pattern for confident beginners to intermediate sewers. If you want to tailor it to a lower skill level, choose the flared sleeve and consider trying the scoop neck expansion.

Find all the extra inspiration and info on sewing this pattern at our Vera page.

Materials 

Fabric

Light to medium-weight knit fabrics with at least 10% horizontal stretch. Both two-way stretch and four-way stretch fabrics are suitable. Suggested fabrics include cotton jersey, viscose jersey, merino jersey, light to medium-weight double knits, and sweater knits. 

Interfacing

A small amount of lightweight fusible interfacing. You may use pre-made fusible tape, or cut your own (1cm/3/8” wide).

Notions

Thread.

Fabric requirements

Below are the maximum requirements for the length of fabric needed. Allow extra fabric if lengthening the top, or matching a large print. Because knit fabric doesn’t generally come narrower than 140cm/55” wide, only one width is shown in the chart.

 

Skill level

Vera is suitable for intermediate sewers, but confident beginners can sew this pattern too. The V-neck is the most difficult part, so for an easier sewing experience, you may want to try the scoop neck expansion.

Sizing

Available in sizes 28 - 48. 

Our model wears a size 34. The skirt worn with Vera is the Ella skirt.

Forget-me-not patterns are designed for a height of 5’6” (168cm). 

See our sizing page for our sizing charts and additional information.