The Alderley Top is a Confident Beginner sewing pattern
Fancy some extra help?
If you’d like some extra help, the Alderley Top pattern is also available as part of our Make a Bias Cut Top online class on Stitch School, which comes with both video tutorials as well as illustrated written instructions. You can purchase the class individually for £20, or get it for free as part of a Premium Stitch School subscription.
Find out more about Stitch School here.
As the Alderley Top is cut on the bias grain, it needs a fabric with a bit of drape to show off its best features. If you’re new to sewing with bias cut fabrics, we’d recommend choosing a cotton lawn as this will be relatively stable to sew, but will still have some movement when you’re wearing your top. If you’re feeling more adventurous the sky is the limit! Try soft viscoses, bright crepes & georgettes and even silk for the most luxurious of Alderleys.
The Alderley Top PDF sewing pattern is sized between UK sizes 8-20. Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.
The downloadable pattern file contains:
- printable pattern (in both tiled print-at-home and copyshop format) in all sizes
- fully-illustrated printable instruction booklet
The Alderley Top pattern is either 21 A4 or US letter pages, or 1 A0 copyshop page.
If you purchase the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our PDF Printing Service here.
So what is a PDF pattern?
A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on A4 or US letter paper. Alternatively you can choose to have the copyshop files printed on large A0 paper, and posted to you at home. If you’re using the A4 or US letter options, simply download, print at home, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.
Never used a PDF pattern before and would like some help? Learn everything you need to know in our handy Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on our blog!