The Alder top is a simple project that can be easily made in a short amount of time, yet still make you look like you stepped straight off the catwalk! Easily pair this beautiful top with your favorite pair of jeans, high-waisted skirt, or even your comfiest pair of leggings. This gorgeous top is so versatile it can be worn day to night, at work, around town or even to the most casual of gatherings. We made ours with a super comfy ponte knit, however, this top can also be made out of a knit interlock or pique knit. We are sure that once you put it on you will want to live in it!
The Alder Top – Free Shirt Sewing Pattern
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Once you have all your pattern pieces cut out and all of your notches are marked, begin by connecting the lapel panel pieces to each other along the outer edge and about 4″ in from the corner of the neck curve, then, leaving the sides where the pieces will be connected to the front bodice open, flip right side out and attach to the main front piece. I used a french seam at the bottom and then the sides I attached flat to avoid too much bulk. I left the facing pieces un-sewn on the sides at first, then I finished them with a zig zag stitch at the seam allowance.
Once the lapel panel pieces have been connected and the front of the shirt has been completed you can go ahead and attach the back of the shirt at the shoulders and sides (Be sure to leave your sleeve opening!). Now let’s work on the collar. Begin by pinning, then sewing the 2 pieces around the top and sides and leaving the bottom open where it will get attached to the neck.
Now, carefully attach the collar at the neck. Once you have attached it on one side you will be able to flip it in and tuck the seams into the closed collar. The edges of the collar where they meet with the lapel panel will be tucked into that opening.
Finally, we will work on the sleeve! Begin by sewing the sleeve pieces together on the sides and on the narrower side to create the cuff, flip right side out, then pin the piece to the opening on the main shirt.
Complete by making a small hem around the bottom of the shirt and presto! Your new favorite top is complete!