Going old school: The Portia Top Pattern

Hey folks, I’ve been busy this last week cranking out swimsuits I hope to use on my upcoming vacation but I wanted to post about a pattern I made last September (wow, it feels like a lot longer than that).

I made the shirt and pattern in conjunction with “The Refashioners” – a cool idea from the lovely Portia. She sent a bunch of bloggers a surprise package filled with a thrift store garment and we were challenged to re-make it into something new. My surprise outfit was big enough for me to incorporate into two shirts, the second of which I self drafted and made into a pattern.

I never did post the pattern here for whatever reason but perhaps now is as good a time as any.

Quick rundown on the shirt – it’s a pieced together design with cut-on cuffed sleeves, pleated shoulders, a round neckline and interesting seaming. You could play around with some fun color blocking if you want.

This pattern is more old school Dixie style – basic instructions (no pics), not quite as detailed of a layout but an advanced beginner or intermediate level sew-er should be able to put it together, no problem.

It comes in 5 sizes ranging from bust size 32″-40″

Instructions and pattern are all in one PDF. Like any other of my patterns be sure to print without scaling and tape all the pieces together by matching the letter and number notches.

It’s pretty amazing for me to see how far my pattern making skills have come in only a few months but I hope you enjoy this older free pattern! As always, let me know if you have questions or comments. I love feedback!

  • I actually have some fabric bits and bobs I’ve been thinking about piecing into something…maybe I’ll give this a whirl!

  • Thanks for the pattern .. Great idea for refashion.. I will bookmark it for the future x

  • Great blouse Dixie! Thanks for the pattern.

  • You are always so generous – Thank you! 🙂

  • Great Pattern, thanks for releasing it for free download. My other half called me crazy for manically hoarding all my fabric offcuts! now who’s laughing (well sewing!)

  • Fantastic pattern! Thanks so much for sharing ;D! I was wondering if I could make the sleeves longer, like 3/4 sleeve?

    • Sure, just lengthen the sleeve area. You may have to lower the bottom of the armhole area because longer cut-on sleeves/dolman sleeves don’t have a lot of range of movement like set-in sleeves do.

  • Really cute! Thanks for offering the pattern!!

  • cute. thanks for that! i will be adding to my ever lengthening sewing queue!

  • Amy

    This is the cutest top. I love the ruchy sleeves and coral is always a great summer color. I’ll remember this, when I have some time. Thank you for sharing the pattern!

  • sande

    DIXIE, I CANNOT DOWNLOAD PORTIA, NOR THE WALLET PATTERN. ARE THEY NO LONGER AVAILABLE? (sorry for the caps, i just realised they were on.) sande p.s. i have made several of your patterns–i LOVE them!!

  • Hey Sande, I just tried downloading both of those PDFs from the blog pages and both worked. Maybe it was just a fluke? Like my server was down or something? Try again and if it still doesn’t work I can email you the PDFs – dixie davis (at) gmail .com