Agnes ruffle detail top – Free PDF sewing pattern

Agnes ruffle detail top free PDF sewing pattern

Agnes ruffle detail top is a nice design for hot summer days. Featuring ruffle detail and gathered peplum, this design is perfect to hide your not-so-perfect tummy. Pair it with just any kind of bottom – jeans, shorts, skirt, and you are ready to go out.

Let’s have a look at the details of this lovely item:

Agnes ruffle detail top free PDF sewing pattern
Agnes ruffle detail top free PDF sewing pattern
Agnes ruffle detail top free PDF sewing pattern
Agnes ruffle detail top free PDF sewing pattern

As usual, 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.

My patterns are now made in both A4/Letter paper and A0 paper format so you can print at home or at any print shop!

For home printers, you can print this using your home printer and either A4 or 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. I was informed by a reader that you can also print the pdf as image to get the right scale, however I never tested it on my computer.


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice. This pattern is intended for knit fabric.
  • Light weight fusible interfacing
  • Some binding strips
  • 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, you will get something similar to this:

Agnes ruffle detail top free PDF sewing pattern

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.

The fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Center Front: cut 2
  • Side Front: cut 2
  • Center Back: cut 1 on the fold
  • Side Back: cut 2
  • Ruffle: cut 2
  • Peplum: cut 2 on the fold
  • Collar: cut 2 self fabric + 1 fusible interfacing
  • Strips of 1 inch (2.5cm) wide fabric for armhole binding

Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your garment.

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

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling. Because this pattern is using knit fabric you can skip this step, but serging will give the garment a professional look.

2. Apply fusible interfacing on the Collar piece.

3. Place two Center Front pieces right side facing. Pin and sew the notch at the center front. Clip the seam allowance at the point. Turn fabric over, staystitch the seam allowance to the piece that will be on the inside of the garment.

4. Place Center Front and Center Back right side facing. Pin and sew shoulder seams to get the Center piece. Also sew the two pairs of Side Front and Side Back together to get the Side pieces. Measure the length of the princess line from lower through shoulder to lower back.

5. Use a mini rolled hem to hem the straight edge of the Ruffle. Sew two parallel lines ¼ and 1/3 inch (4mm and 8mm) from the edge of the Ruffle using longest stitch length. Pull thread to gather fabric to match the measurement you get in step 4.

6. Place the Center piece right side facing up, place Ruffle and the Side piece on top of the Center piece, right side facing down so that the Ruffle is sandwiched between the Center and the Side pieces. Pin and sew to join all three pieces together. Now you get the top part of the garment.

7. Gather the top edge of the Peplum piece (the part between two notches) to match the lower edge of the Center Front. Pin and sew to attach the Peplum to the front of the garment (the Ruffle is pressed toward the side). Repeat with the back of the garment.

8. Place Front and Back right side facing, pin and sew the side seams.

9. Place two Collar pieces right side facing, pin and sew the inner curve of the Collar, clip the curves and turn it inside out, press the seam allowance of the Collar.

10. Pin the outside layer of the Collar to the main garment, right side facing, matching the notches. Sew to attach it to the main garment. Fold the seam allowance of the remaining layer to the inside, push all raw edge of the neckline in between two layers of the Collar. Pin and sew around the Collar to finish it.

11. Use binding tape to finish the armholes.

12. Hem the garment.

Although the collar of the Agnes ruffle detail top may be a bit of challenge to newer sewists, I believe with some practice and patience you will be able to get this fun and lovely item.

And here is the download link:



To download just click on the link above and choose “Save link as”. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device.

Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns or tag me on Instagram #tianasclosetsewingpatterns, I will be thrilled to see the garment in real life!


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