Basalie flutter sleeve top – free pdf sewing pattern

Basalie flutter sleeve top

The Basalie flutter sleeve top is a beautiful design that I came across on Emerson Fry website. It was $118 but now sold out. I love the fluttery cape style sleeves, the relaxed fit and the flexibility of wearing it backward and forward. It can be easily styled with jeans, shorts and skirt for a nice summer day out.

Let’s see how the design comes in various prints:

Basalie flutter sleeve top
It’s a nice way to use smaller pieces of fabric in your stash!
Basalie flutter sleeve top
Basalie flutter sleeve top
Basalie flutter sleeve top

My pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.

The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.

You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!

Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice. This pattern is made for woven fabric. It is an oversize design so you can choose to size down for a smaller fit.
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, cut the patterns out and you will get the following pattern pieces:

Basalie flutter sleeve top

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern piece. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.

This piece of garment can be made lined, or unlined. If you choose to make unlined version, cut as follows:

  • Front Yoke: cut 1 on the fold
  • Back Yoke: cut 2 on the fold
  • Bottom Top: cut 2 on the fold
  • Sleeve: cut 2
  • Bias binding for neckline

If you choose to make lined version, cut one set of main fabric and one set of lining fabric. You will not need bias binding for neckline.

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

Sewing instruction for the unlined version:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.

2. Place two Back Yoke pieces right side facing. Sew along the center back seam, starting from the lower edge to 2 inches toward the back neck. Backstitch to secure.

3. Sew two parallel lines using longest stitch length ½ and ¼ inch from the top edge of the Bottom Top piece. Pull lower threads to gather the fabric so that it matches the measurement of the lower edge of the Front Yoke and Back Yoke.

4. Attach each of the Bottom Top to the Front Yoke and Back Yoke. You get the Front and Back pieces.

5. Place Front and Back pieces right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder and side seams.

6. Gather the cap of the sleeve (from one notch to the other) so it matches the measurement of the distance from front armhole notch to back armhole notch.

7. Sew the side seam of the sleeve.

8. Turn the sleeve inside out. Pin the sleeve to the main garment, right side facing, matching the notches. Sew to attach the sleeve to the main garment.

9. Use bias binding to finish the neckline. Attach button and hook, or use longer bias tape to make a tie at the back.

10. Hem the garment.

This is a really simple design and very quick sew. You can finish it in just a few hours.

And here is the download link:


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