The Seafarer Top Pattern

With flattering and comfortable dolman sleeves, the Seafarer Top will become an anchor in your wardrobe! Made out of soft knit fabric, you’ll find yourself wearing it again and again. New to sewing with knits? This is a great project to start with!


Choose your design options, and soon you’ll have a new top for every day of the week!

With two neckline options…

Two sleeve options…

And two hem options!

Pick some fun fabric for the pocket…

Or pretty it up with lace!

Pattern Details:

  • recommended experience level: beginner
  • Sizes Women’s XS-XXL
  • full color photographs and detailed instructions to guide you through each step
  • full sized professional pattern pieces
  • tips for sewing with knits
  • tips for sizing
  • plenty of design options

Pattern is an instant download PDF file. The download link will be instantly sent to the email address that is on file with your Paypal account, so please ensure that Paypal has your correct email address on file. You’ll also have the option to download the file from a pop-up window that will appear immediately after your purchase. Either way, make sure to save the file to your computer for future use. Also please be aware that if you pay by e-check through Paypal, the payment will take 5-7 business days to process, and the download link will not be emailed to you until that time. Let us know if you have any problems or questions along the way!

Be sure to show off your finished tops to the Sew Much Ado Flickr Pool!

Copyright Info: This pattern is for individual use only. You may not copy or distribute this pattern to any individual or group. You may make and sell items using this pattern on a small, home based scale. Please credit “Seafarer Top Pattern designed by” on any listings or tags.

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  1. this pattern looks amazing – maybe it should be my mothers day gift to myself – I love the versatility and simplicity and it looks figure flattering!!

  2. Oh boy oh boy!!! I have had crap luck shopping for spring/summer, and all I want is a simple pretty top just like this! I cannot WAIT to make this!! Eek! So excited!

  3. This is just the pattern I needed…why search and search for the perfect summer top when I can just sew up a few (dozen) of my own!

  4. Well done it looks great! Having tested the pattern I can say you are onto a winner with this one!!!

  5. The photos turned out so great! You look amazing. If I knew how to sew, I’d definitely be making some of these!!

  6. You’re so stinkin’ cute Abby! I love the shirts too! They look super comfy and cute!


  7. Oh wow, congratulations on the pattern release, Abby! It’s adorable in all the different versions. side note: i want to go to the beach now

  8. Your photo shoot turned out great! I love this top. The banded sleeve is my new favorite. It fits so comfortably. Huge win!

  9. Carrie – The sizing and yardage, along with finished measurements, are in the pattern, but let me know if you have any specific questions and I’m happy to help or send them over to you!

  10. I was wondering too what the finished measurements are of the xxl? I’m plus size and looking at this top. It’s really an adorable pattern!

  11. Cari – the measurements for XXL are: Bust – 44-46″, Waist – 36-38″, Hip – 46-48″. Hope that helps!

  12. Fun! I actually DIY-ed a pattern similar to this for myself, and I love it. I wear it all the time, and it’s so comfortable. I’ll be sure to recommend this to friends!

  13. This top looks super comfy and so flattering, I’m definitely going to pick out some cute knit fabric and give it a try.

    Question – Do you have any tips for altering into a maternity friendly top?

  14. Danielle – I got the butterfly fabric from!

    Kursty13 – I would just add some length to the front piece – it’s a fairly long top as it is, but an added curve of a few inches would probably get you through to the end!

  15. So I made one and love it. My question is can you do a kids pattern? I would love to have this shirt for my girls. Especially since my oldest is so tall for her age, she is 6, and I have to buy two sizes to big to get them long enough for her. Pretty please.
    Thanks for an amazing pattern!

  16. I am in love with this top. It is the first time I’ve ever sewn for myself or a clothing item for an adult lol! It turned out wonderful and I have ordered more knits to make more for myself! Thanks for a wonderful pattern!

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  22. Is there a sizing chart and list of fabric requirements? It’s hard to determine whether or not I want to buy the pattern without those details.

    1. Hi! The sizes range from XS-XXL, which includes a bust size of 33″-46″. Fabric requirements range from 1-2yd, depending on size and options chosen (XS with no bands requires 1yd, XXL with all bands requires 2yd). I’ll email you over the detailed requirements as well so you can decide what you would need. Thanks!

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