Dreaming of a pattern that is casual and chic? Look no further than the Dartmouth Top! This cross-over jersey top comes with two variations—a classic fixed wrap or modern ruched front—and features three sleeve lengths and a gape-free banded neckline. Whether made in a cozy sweater knit or a cotton jersey, the Dartmouth is the perfect partner for your favorite pair of jeans!
SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Mid-weight knit fabric, such as cotton or rayon jersey, with at least 50% stretch. Also suitable for light to mid-weight sweater knits.
NOTIONS: Ballpoint needle, thread, 18 inches (45 cm) of ¼" (6mm) woven elastic (not clear elastic).
Use the dropdown menu above to order either a Printed Pattern, which will be mailed to your address, or a PDF Pattern, which can be downloaded.
The PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 11 pages (3.4 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 46 pages (0.4 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3 pages for A0, 3 pages for US - print 1 - 3 for view A, print 1 & 3 for view B (0.2 MB each)
This pattern has given variable results for me depending on the fabric. I've made three so far. Thick jersey with some spandex: fits fine. Viscose micro-rib: completely unwearable, too big. Thin viscose-blend jersey with some spandex: a little too big, wearable only with an undershirt. Anyway, when it works it looks great, and the pattern goes together well. Like many knit patterns it's just not very adaptable to different fabrics.
As I live in the country I had to buy my fabric on line so it was hard to test the stretch of the fabric. The first top I made went together really well. The instructions were clear and I had no trouble making the top BUT the stretch of the fabric was not what the pattern said so it was way too small. Not wanting to give up I ordered more fabric and the second one I made fitted me perfectly. A lesson learnt on buying the fabric with the correct stretch. Will definitely make another one or two.
I was introduced to pdf pattern 4 months ago. Every cashmerette pattern I have made according to my measurement have been brilliant. Given me so much confidence. Thank you xx
I have made the top several times for my daughter with plans to make several more. She is nursing her wee baby and it is perfect for this need. Thank you for the great sizing options because there is not much out there for buxom bodies.
You have helped me tremendously with my sewing skills and renewed the joy of creating something that fits!
No one (even my sewing friends) could believe I made the shirt myself! I did the ruched sides and while it was a little fiddly putting in the elastic, the finished look was totally worth it! The neckband adds the perfect professional touch. The first attempt fit me perfectly without alterations, although I used a very stretchy jersey. I can't wait to make another one!