Plus Size Top Sewing Patterns (Best for Beginners)

Struggling to find stylish and well-fitting tops that cater to your curves? You’re in the right place! I have 20 fantastic sewing pattern ideas for you.

Welcome to my curated collection of best for beginners, plus size top sewing patterns!

Are you tired of combing through clothing racks to find the perfect plus-size top that flatters your figure? Look no further! In this post, I’ve compiled a curated collection of beginner-friendly sewing patterns for plus-size tops.

By taking matters into your own hands and creating your own looks, you’ll get a custom fit and style that works perfectly for YOU.

So whether you’re a newbie at sewing or have some experience under your belt and want to expand your repertoire, these patterns will help you unleash your creativity and embrace your unique style.

I’ve gathered flowy camis, halters, peasant tops, casual tees, and tank styles.

Many come in a full range of sizes, so you can get the right fit.

With these plus-size sewing patterns, you can choose your fabrics, customize the fit, and create garments that celebrate your curves.

Check out these wearable styles, step-by-step instructions, printable paper patterns, and tips below to help you create lovely tops that will make you feel confident and fabulous!

Let’s get started!

Beginners Plus Size Top Patterns

A red handmade ruffled t-shirt top.

Boat Neck Tee Pattern

The first of today’s beginner digital sewing patterns is a Tessuti Fabrics Shop basic workhorse that Tessuti dubs the Mandy Boat Tee is a wide, boxy style made-for jersey knit. It features drop shoulders, a boat neckline, and optional three-quarter or full-length fitted sleeves. Relaxed and easy to wear, it really is the perfect wardrobe staple and a quick and satisfying sewing project.

Sewing Level Beginner

A DIY handmade flare sleeve t-shirt top.

Knit Top – Free PDF pattern

The Vera style women’s top from Forget Me Not Patterns comes in 2 designs and is a top pattern for knit fabrics with a fun, full sleeve, and an elegantly subtle V-neck. This take on a bishop sleeve features two different cuff options. Or, you can leave the cuff off for a simple flared sleeve! The V-neck and the gathering create extra interest and make Vera a little more challenging than a basic tee pattern, so it is good if you are a confident beginner.

Pattern Difficulty Advanced Beginner

A DIY handmade bolero t-shirt top.

Dolman Top with Free Pattern

This Happiest Camper sassy top will be a favorite with its comfortable batwing sleeves and comfy fitted waistband. Perfect for every occasion, sewing this top is so easy and great for beginners. It is elegant, so soft, and looks great on a variety of body types. The pattern makes it simple to size to the perfect fit.

Sewing Level Beginner

A DIY handmade long sleeve t-shirt top.

Loose T-Shirt – Free Printable Pattern

This Closet Core Patterns tee is a timeless wardrobe basic, a take on a classic crew-neck t-shirt. With a slightly boxy silhouette, it comes in two lengths with two sleeve options and is destined to be made more than once. It’s perfect for a curvy fit.
Make it with short sleeves or 3/4-length sleeves. It’s the perfect length to pair with high-waisted pants.

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY handmade ruffled t-shirt top.

Women’s Ruffle Top (Free Printable Pattern)

This adorable It’s Always Autumn knit shirt style has a ruffle running around it. If you have a penchant for ruffles, this is the perfect t-shirt design! Sew it up with long or short sleeves. Perfect for year-round wear with jeans, shorts, or a skirt. This pattern is a size Large, meant for a 38-inch bust. However, it’s a roomy cut, which also works great for the XL size range.

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY cape.

Easy DIY Hooded Cape

Learn how to make a simple, cozy cape with a Be Brave and Bloom free pattern and step-by-step tutorial. This easy DIY hooded cape is simple and classic yet unique and stylish. The pattern doesn’t have sleeves, cuffs, or zippers and is so flexible you can make it your own by creating it in almost any midweight fabric type. Add trims, a border, or a hood to embellish it with a final touch.

Sewing Level Beginner

A DIY handmade fitted top.

Faux Wrap Top Pattern – Free Sewing Pattern

This lovely On the Cutting Floor wraparound short sleeves blouse is flattering on your figure and accentuates your waistline. Because it is not a true wrap, it’s easy to wear, and you won’t have to mess around with a tie or risk accidentally hanging out! They recommend cotton jersey fabric for a beautiful drape and weight. A light to medium knit fabric will offer the best results, for example, cotton jersey, ponte roma, double knit, cotton/lycra

Sewing Level Beginner

A DIY handmade ruffled t-shirt top.

Uvita Top Digital Sewing Pattern – PDF

The Itch To Stitch Uvita Tee Shirt is a relaxed, dropped-shoulder top designed for maximum comfort and style. The minimalist style is a blank canvas perfect for showcasing your beautiful fabric. You can choose between the long sleeve or three-quarter sleeve, too!
The blouse features a relaxed fit, dropped shoulder, wide neckline, two sleeve options, with long sleeve or three-quarter sleeve. It’s a wonderful style for plus-size women. Available as a digital download.

Skill Level Beginner

A DIY handmade scoop neck t-shirt top.

Plantain T-Shirt

These Deer and Doe flattering t-shirt styles are fitted at the shoulders, flare at the hips, and have elbow patches. Available in a full range of size coordinates. Make one with short, long, or 3/4 sleeves (quarter length sleeves) in your perfect clothing size. All are included in the free digital download pattern.

Sewing Level Beginner

A DIY handmade halter top.

Ruffle Neck Top – Sewing Tutorial

Here’s your next project! This How Joyful fashionable halterneck pattern has bare shoulders with a high ruffle-covered neck. The designer used a pretty chiffon, so she used an undergarment, but many opaque fabrics would work well also. Consider flowy fabrics such as rayon, silk, and jersey. This top would be so lovely for a special occasion. I also love the idea of choosing a material with more body, such as a cotton poplin, for a more casual look.

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY handmade turtleneck top.

The Monroe Turtleneck Pattern

This Tessuti Fabrics Shop turtleneck knit top sewing pattern is boxy, featuring drop shoulders, a turtleneck collar, and optional three-quarter or full-length fitted long sleeves. Relaxed and easy to wear, Monroe is a quick sewing project and a classic autumn/winter wardrobe staple.

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY handmade peasant top.

Free Peasant Top Pattern

Learn how to sew a peasant blouse with this free Melly Sews women’s pattern, a video tutorial, and other style variations. This top sewing is easy to make and wear! Fabrics with drape work best for this style. Otherwise, it can look rather tent-like. The examples in Melly’s post are sewn from cotton voile, rayon challis, and polyester crepe.

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY handmade camisole style top.

The Trudie Top – DIY Sewing Tutorial

The Hemming top is an easy, cute summer top. This quick afternoon sewing project takes very little fabric and is easy to get the perfect fit. It can be dressed up or down to wear day or night. Get the pdf sewing pattern here.

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY handmade knit tank top.

Women’s Cross-Back Tank

Here is Life Sew Savory’s great-fitting cross-back sleeveless top. It is perfect for spring and summer. The loose-fitting top pattern comes in XS size top up to XXL plus size sewing patterns and has a forgiving style. The back is unique, with an easy-to-wear overlapping style. This knit tank top can be dressed up or down with the right fabric. The neckline is perfect, and the shoulders fit nicely. This would be super cute with a sweater knit!

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY handmade off the shoulder top.

Off-the-Shoulder DIY Ruffle Top

Make this pretty Trash to Couture off-the-shoulder ruffle top this summer! This adaptable top can be casual or dressed up for a special occasion. Laura chose a lightweight organic cotton gauze to keep it breezy for the Georgia heat. You can make the hem longer for a dress, add side seam pockets, or trim for extra details. It’s very simple to get the right fit. Once you get the hang of this pattern, you’ll want one in every color and print.

Sewing Level Beginner

A DIY handmade top.

Easy Peplum Blouse Pattern and Tutorial

This It’s Always Autumn cute + easy peplum top pattern and sewing tutorial cute top is so versatile. Dress it up or down and play with different fabrics. A free pattern and sewing tutorial is available. Make it shirt-length to wear with jeans or tunic-length to wear with leggings!

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY handmade cami top.

Loose-Fit Camisole Top

This is a refashioned design, unlike the other sewing projects in this post. There is no need to buy fabric when you can reuse pre-loved garments you already have at home. Follow this simple step-by-step for transforming a men’s shirt into this Gathered cami top – no pattern cutting needed! This adorable cami top pattern is from Portia Lawrie. Once you’ve made one, why not experiment with other strap styles, such as a cross-over back, halter, or ties?

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

A DIY handmade flutter top.

Ruffle Sleeve Top Tutorial

Showcase your personal style with this lovely Merrick’s Art ruffle sleeve top, which is terrific for curvy women. This sewing pattern misses style is custom drawn and created by you. You can wear the comfortable flowy top with jeans and ankle boots or tuck it into a pencil skirt with tights and heels.

Sewing Level Beginner

A DIY handmade tank top.

Stylish DIY Tank Top

Make your own Farmhouse on Boone DIY Tank Top with this easy sewing and video tutorial for beginners. This style is terrific for all body types. This is a great project to get started with sewing your own clothes. Create it in natural fabrics like cotton or linen for beautiful and breathable wearability. Add darts if you are looking for a better fit. Always make sure to try on your tank top and adjust as needed.

Sewing Level Beginner

A DIY handmade wrap top.

Morning Glory Top Sewing Pattern

The last of today’s free patterns is the Sarah Kirsten Morning Glory Top. It is a simple and fun shirt to sew and wear! It can be tied in the front or back and pairs well with high-waisted pants or skirts. It works best when made with a medium-weight woven fabric with structure. As with all free sewing patterns, you may need to do a little of the work yourself. You’ll need to draw up the pattern for this design, but it is straightforward and easy.

Pattern Difficulty Beginner

My goal is to encourage you to embrace your body and showcase your personal style by creating something special for yourself using one of these beginner plus size top patterns.

It’s time to lean in to your creativity while developing your sewing skills. So, please let me know what you make!


More Sewing Patterns

Discover more DIY clothing and accessories styles and patterns in these posts.

They include beginner-friendly sewing projects too!

Easy Summer Dress Patterns
Halter Dress Patterns
Tie Front Blouse Pattern
DIY Crossbody Purse or Bag (Free Printable Pattern)
Crossbody Baguette Style Purse
DIY Child or Adult Apron

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