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The Vielle Top - Free Gathered Sleeve Pattern + Tutorial

Monday, December 30, 2019

It's nearly the end of 2019 and as a little thank you for all of your support this year here's a little free pattern for you.

Add a delicately gathered sleeve — and another point of difference — to your Vielle Top! With this free Gathered Sleeve Cap pattern you'll take your Vielle from a simple everyday t-shirt to a dressy top in no time. 

Download your free pattern and follow the instructions below.

You'll need:

Make up your Vielle Top as per your included instructions until you get to the section called 'Inserting Sleeves' -
use the instructions below in place of these.


1. Take your main Vielle Sleeve pattern and draw a line straight across, meeting at the corners where the sleeve cap meets the length of the sleeve.

2. Take your free sleeve cap pattern, cut it out and right side facing up, line it up with the line you drew above.

3. Tape in place permanently onto your original sleeve. When you want a plain sleeve cap, simply fold that pattern piece down, and when you want a gathered sleeve cap, flip it back up again.

4. Take the new bodice shoulder patterns and match up the corners and bottom notches. Then either tape them permanently onto your original pattern piece, or simply transfer the additional notches (D & E) onto your main pattern piece. 

The curves of the bodice armscye do not change, so transferring the additional notches is fine.

5. Place a line of basting stitch within the 1cm seam allowance, around the sleeve cap from notches D to E, leaving long tails (you may wish to do a second line of backing stitch for extra security).

Pull basting stitch tails through to the wrong side.

6. Right sides together, match the top sleeve head notch to your shoulder seam, pin in place. Match remaining notches along the armscye (including corresponding notches D & E noted on the pattern pieces).

7. Gently pull basting stitches on the sleeve cap until the sleeve fits into the armscye. Distribute gathers evenly between notches D & E and pin in place. 

8. Stitch in place starting from one side all the way around. Do this slowly and gently, without stretching the armhole.

9. Trim off excess seam allowance around armscye, finish raw edges and repeat for the other side.

10. Continue making your Vielle Top as per your included instructions.

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A Holiday Break + Shipping Dates

Thursday, December 19, 2019

It's nearly that time of year again - which means I'm going to be taking a little break from processing paper pattern orders.

From 5pm Friday 20th December NZDT, any paper pattern orders will be processed when I get back on Tuesday 7th January NZDT.

So while you can still shop all patterns during this time (paper + digital), if you purchase a paper pattern, it will not be processed and sent until the second week of January.

I hope this doesn't throw the spanner into too many of your sewing plans, but the new year will be here before you know it...

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New Pattern Alert! The Vielle Top... + Quincy now in paper.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

With its flattering scoop neckline and side-tie detail, Vielle is the quintessential knit tee turned into a standout wardrobe staple.

The Details

Vielle is a classic fitted knit top with a twist - its gorgeous side-tie neckline details lends a feeling of effortless chic to your outfit and is deceptively easy to make.

Three sleeve lengths will see you through all the seasons in comfort and style.

Made with stretch knits, Vielle is a little bit 40s-esque with a retro vibe, all mixed in with lovely details. Vielle is sure to become your go-to when you need something classy yet comfortable and quick.

 Skill Level

Vielle is a great introduction to knits if you're new to them, and if you're a seasoned pro, you'll more than likely be wearing a new top after just one sewing session.

The Vielle Top is designed for confident beginners through to advanced seamstresses.

Fabric Options

Look for lightweight knit fabrics with good stretch across the grain. Knits should have 40% stretch with good recovery.

The Vielle Top was drafted using a 95% cotton 5% lycra spandex knit with a weight of 180GSM (grams per square metre).

The Vielle instructions contain more detailed information on suitable knit fabric requirements.

Tutorial - How to tie the perfect knot!

There are several tutorials planned for the next few weeks, but in the mean time, if you're needing to know how to tie the perfect Vielle side-knot, then look no further. It's easier than you think!

Available in Paper Format - Shipped direct from the UK!

You can choose between a paper OR digital version of the Vielle Top.

All paper patterns will now also be shipping direct from the UK - you can estimate your shipping costs at the check out, and in many cases, it is now less expensive than it was. Please see my updated shipping policies here.

New-to-Paper: The Quincy Dress

Yes, the Quincy Dress is now also available in paper format. Please see my updated shipping policies for new-to-paper as these will now be sent direct from the UK.

Purchase Vielle + Quincy!

You can purchase your digital or paper Vielle Top here...

and why not add on a paper Quincy Dress pattern too?

You can also find Vielle and Quincy at your favourite retailers here.

Make sure you tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #VielleTop + #QuincyDress so I can see and share your makes.


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