Did you know that many of the independent pattern companies have top patterns that are available for free? It’s a fun way for them to get people to try their designs, and of course it’s a bonus for all of us! However, how suitable are they for curvy figures? Unfortunately only one of them extends into true plus sizes, but the others are very “gradable” and can be a good way to learn how to do an FBA or grade up. Here’s a quick round up!
The Tonic T-shirt from Skinny Bitch, Curvy Chick patterns has a classic short sleeved, scoop neck design. It’s free as a downloadable PDF (or $13 for a printed pattern). It’s available up to a 3XL, which is 54″ chest and 49″ waist.
Michelle has made up a couple of versions including this lovely striped number.
The Sorbetto is a simple woven top with bust darts, a front pleat and bias binding. It’s a great beginners project – in fact, it was my second ever garment! There’s also lots of potential to customize it.
The sizing goes up to an 18, which is a 46″ bust and 38″ waist. However, it’s also a good pattern to learn to do an FBA on, if you’re planning on giving it a go.
Many curvy bloggers have made lovely Sorbettos, including Rosie at SparkleNeedles.
The Plantain is a swingy flared t-shirt pattern made for knits, with a scoop neck, two arm lengths and elbow patches. It goes up to a European size 46, which is a 41″ bust and 33″ waist… not great. However! Many people have noted that there is a lot of ease in the pattern, and it’s also pretty easy to grade up.
In fact, our very own Laurence graded it up and loves it! So much so she’s made a bunch of different versions, and even turned it into a maxi dress.
The Hemlock is designed as a slouchy tee with drop shoulders, and it’s available in one size: 44.5″ bust and 46.5″ hip. I couldn’t easily find an example of a plus size sewist who’s made it up: have you?
Have you used these, or any other top patterns? What type of styles would you like to see in the future?