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Free sewing pattern & embroidery design for the shirt “Vio” (March only)

Do not miss out on the free sewing pattern and embroidery design of March! The trendy shirt “Vio” features a fun rolled hem and an embroidered slogan as special highlights.

You can download the pattern, instructions and embroidery file for free until March 31, 2023 in the paragraph “Download the free sewing pattern for the shirt “Vio” (March only)”. As always, you’ll have to be quick because each pattern is only available for free download in the month stated.

The shirt "Vio" is mustard yellow and has wavy rolled hems on the sleeves, waist and neckline. It is made out or ripped jersey and features a black embroidered design saying "Weekend, I'm ready for you". The brown haired model with long hair wears sunglasses and black jeans with the crop top. The picture on the top right shows a close up of the free embroidery design, and the top left shows the technical drawing of the pattern.

Sewing the shirt “Vio”

You can use a ribbed tricot fabric for this project. If you wish for step by step instructions, be sure to visit the article of Hannah-Rose, where she demonstrates how she created her own version of this shirt: Sew Along for the Vio Shirt

To embroider the Weekend slogan, hoop self-adhesive embroidery stabilizer “Solufix” in the hoop, remove the backing paper and stick the wrong side of the fabric onto it. Make sure that the stripes of the rib are straight and stick a layer of non-adhesive Solufix on top of the fabric. You can also baste the top layer of Solufix in place. This method prevents the sitches from sinking into the knit and stretching the fabric when hooping and embroidering.

Close up of the embroidery design for the shirt "Vio". The black slogan says "Weekend I'm ready for you"

To create a playfull 3-thread rolled hem and make it stand out more, we used the bulky yarn “Seraflock” from Mettler. You can achieve a strong wavy effect by stretching the fabric while sewing.

The hem at the waist and wrist of the free pattern "Vio" are wavy.

Rolled hems are so quick and fun! And if the crop top is too short for you (or not short enough), you can easily adjust the length to your liking.

Take a look at the magazine…

The pattern and sewing instructions for the shirt “Vio” appeared in the inspiration Magazine 3/2021.

In this issue you will find a shell coat, a comfortable jersey dress, a teddy jacket or homewear to be cosily wrapped up. But also a floral dress, a leather skirt and a sparkling blouse with matching clutch – quickly sewn and very striking. There is an adorable frilled dress for our little princesses and also something for the little princes. The home office benefits from a discreetly chic look and we have also the right accessories for a pleasant board game party in store.

The cover of the inspiration 3/2021. It shows a woman with a blue beret with white pearls, round sunglasses, a black turtle neck sweater and a beige fuzzy jacket. She wears a red and slightly shimmery skirt which ends below the knee, black tights and boots. She carries three paper shopping bags. The headlines of the inspiration magazine cover say "Cosiness - Batwing Sleeve T-Shirt and Jog Pants", "Time to shine! - Silk blouse with Rhinestones and Elegant Marlene Trousers with Glittering Clutch", "Home Office - Folder, Holder for Mobile Phone Charger and Door Hangers" and "Advent Calendar - With many 2D and 3D Decorations".

Issue 03/2021 is available as a single issue in the inspiration online shop at the following link:

You can buy the patterns and magazine online or have them conveniently delivered to your home. 

Download the free sewing pattern and embroidery design for the shirt “Vio” (March 2023 only)

You can download this month’s freebie at the following link:

The link takes you to the BERNINA website. The pattern is available for free download during the month of March once you register for the BERNINA inspiration newsletter. 

Unzip the zip file from the download

This is what you will find in the download:

  • Sewing instructions with information on materials, cutting out and sewing
  • The pattern in different formats. You can print out the A4 or US letter pattern on your regular printer at home and stick the sheets together. Make sure you print out the pattern using the “original size” setting. Check the test square to make sure the pattern has been printed out in the correct size. 
  • A zip file with several embroidery files. The ART70 and ART80 files can be opened and edited with the BERNINA Embroidery Software 7, 8 or 9. You need to transfer the BMP, EXP and PES file to your embroidery machine  to embroider the design.

Please note that clicking the download button will automatically download the zip file to your computer. You will have to unzip it to access the files. In Windows, you do this by right clicking on the file and clicking on the menu item “Extract all”. On a Mac, you can unzip zip files by double clicking the left mouse button.

Downloaded files are generally automatically put into the downloads folder, but this depends on the operating system, the device used and your local settings. If you download the file on your smartphone and cannot find the file or cannot unzip it, please try using a desktop computer.

Do you want to sew the shirt “Vio”, but missed the download?

Would you like to sew the shirt “Vio”, but March 2023 is already over? No problem! You can order the pattern from the shop, download and print it or have it delivered to your home. Simply click on the following link:

We wish you lots of fun with your sewing and embroidery!

Best wishes,


Free sewing instructions: Crop top „Vio“

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  • elisabeth bourguignon EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    J’aime beaucoup ce patron. Un tee-shirt simple et facile à réaliser. Serait-il possible d’avoir s’il vous plaît, le patron gratuit? Merci

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Chère Elisabeth,

      Vous pouvez télécharger le patron sur le site . Vous devez vous inscrire à la lettre d’information du “magazine inspiration” et après confirmation, vous serez redirigée vers le site de téléchargement. N’hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez besoin d’aide pour le téléchargement.

      Cordialement, Ramona

  • Sue Hayden EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Everytime I click the download link I only receive the embroidery zip file… no pattern or instructions… what am I doing wrong?

    • ramonawirth EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Dear Sue,
      I just sent you an answer via email. Could you please send me the link and a screenshot of the Website you are downloading it from? Then I can figure out what is wrong. Thank you!

      Kind regards, Ramona

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