The free pattern of the month from the Inspiration magazine by BERNINA is the beautiful top Betty in July 2023. Here’s the tutorial to sew the free pattern ‘top Betty’. You can find download instructions in this blogpost.
The beautiful collar with the V-line eye catcher on the back is very stylish.
Start to print the pattern.
Open the PDF pattern and print page 1. Check if the square is 10 x 10 cm.
Print all other pages and compile to one complete pattern.
Check your body measurements and adjust if necessary.
The pattern has no seam allowances included.
Supplies for the free top Betty:
- 1.1 m viscose, 145 cm wide.
- Iron on interfacing
- iron on seam stabilizer
- sewing thread Mettler Seralon.
Cut the pattern and take marks.
Iron the seam stabilizer along the neckline and one part of the collar. Don’t forget to iron a small patch on the V-point in the back.
Sew the free top Betty.
At first, sew the bust darts. Here’s more information on sewing darts and collars.
Close the shoulder seams.
Sew both of the parts for the collar together, right sides facing. Cut the seam allowances for one part of the collar and the corners.
Turn the collar.
The collar is read to be sewn on the top.
Cut the seam allowance in the curved neckline.
Overlock the seam. I used the BERNINA L 460.
I liked to make the arm opening smaller than the pattern (I don’t like open armpits) and finished with bias tape (so I cut a seam allowance to the armhole and sewed the biastape over it). The armhole is a little bigger, if you follow the pattern.
I use the Binder Attachment for Pre-Folded Bias Tape #87 to sew the biastape to the top.
This is how it looks, isn’t that neat?
It’s time to close the side seam and overlock after sewing.
For the hem, I use the Edgestitch Foot #10
Finish with the bow in the back
Sew on both sides of the V-point to prevent tearing.
The free top Betty is ready.