Tessa – Ladies’ Top Sewing Pattern


The perfect pattern for that fabric you’ve been hoarding!

Sometimes there’s a gorgeous piece of fabric you’ve been saving, and you need an easy (incredibly flattering!) top pattern for an excuse to sew it! And now you’ve got it ?

The Tessa is a simply beautiful woven top that sews up so easily and is ideal for both plain fabrics and prints.

The Tessa is perfect for beginners and comes in all sizes from XXS to 5XL. With bust darts for beautiful draping and easy fitting, an inverted box pleat at the base of the back yoke for flowy movement, keyhole detailing, a button closure, and two sleeve options, the Tessa ticks all the boxes!

The perfect pattern for that fabric you’ve been hoarding!There’s a full list of supplies you need in the gallery to the left (scroll through the photos), along with the complete sizing chart.

The perfect pattern for that fabric you’ve been hoarding!

There’s only 5 pattern pieces in total in this easy, flattering top (only 4 if you skip the sleeves and make the sleeveless option!). If you’re more advanced, there’s a 1 page quick-sew guide with just the basics on it so you can crack on without having to read the full pattern. Or if you’re just starting out, the full instructions are step-by-step and explain the darts, inverted back box pleat in plain really beginner-friendly English!

“Wonderful pattern and a great addition to a business casual capsule wardrobe! I love the hemline and i LOVE the inverted box pleat detail in the back. I can’t wait to try it next time with the sleeves.” – Rachel Loper

“A lovely finish from this easy to follow pattern. French seams make for an inside as beautiful as the outside. Clear, easy to follow pictures guide you through the pattern.” – Sharon Courtney

“I really love the pretty inside finishes and the lined yoke, both are simple but give this top such an elevated look. The mini-fluted sleeves are also so gorgeous! Just enough for a fabulous shape, but not so long they get in the way.” – Katie Kennedy

View our full tester gallery on our Facebook Page here: The Tessa

The perfect pattern for that fabric you’ve been hoarding!


I’ve never used a PDF pattern. How do they work? PDF patterns are super easy and you get them instantly! Once you’ve tried one, you’ll never go back!  You simply download, print, and sew! You’ll need a free Adobe Acrobat reader program and any home printer (or a nearby copy shop for A0 printing). Once you’ve printed the pieces, you then tape or glue the pages together like a super easy jigsaw! You’ll find an easy-to-follow how-to guide inside the PDF, plus support in our Facebook group.

This trim-free pattern comes in A4 or US letter printable sizes and includes full pattern pieces and a detailed tutorial to guide you every step of the way. An A0 format (pattern pieces only) is also included should you wish to have your pattern printed professionally. PDF Layers allow you to select and print only the size/s you want.

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