digital maritime knit top sewing pattern
This simple pull-on top is designed for knit fabrics with a little or a lot of stretch. View A features three-quarter-length sleeves while View B has short sleeves. Both styles include a bateau neck with topstitching detail and simple side vents, as well as a flattering fit.
This style is provided as a digital pattern. It may be printed on both home printers (using either 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper) and at service bureaus that handle 36" wide or A0 sheets. When you complete your order, you will be provided with a unique code to instantly download the pattern. See our digital product policy for full details.
- Instructions: 12 pages
- Tiled pattern pieces: 22 pages
- 36-inch pattern sheets: 1 page
- A0 pattern sheets: 1 page
This simple pull-on top is designed for knit fabrics with a little or a lot of stretch. View A features three-quarter-length sleeves while View B has short sleeves. Both styles include a bateau neck with topstitching detail and simple side vents, as well as a flattering fit. You’ll love the look, feel, and versatility of this shirt, which is also an essential wardrobe basic. Instructions include detailed information for adding a bust dart for a more flattering full-busted fit.
Suitable for knits of all sorts. Stable knits are especially good for this style. Suggested fabrics include jersey, double knit, thermal knit, and interlock.
Coordinating thread, contrasting thread for topstitching (optional), and featherweight fusible interfacing.
size 0 2 4 6 8 10 View A, 44" Fabric 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 2 1/4 yards View A, 58" Fabric 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards View B, 44" Fabric 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 2 yards 2 yards View B, 58" Fabric 1 yard 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards size 12 14 16 18 20 View A, 44" Fabric 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards View A, 58" Fabric 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards 1 1/2 yards View B, 44" Fabric 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards 2 yards View B, 58" Fabric 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards 1 1/4 yards
size 0 2 4 6 8 10 Chest 34" 35" 36" 37" 38" 39" View A Sleeve* 22 1/4" 22 1/2" 22 3/4" 23" 23 1/4" 23 1/2" Length* 23 1/4" 23 1/2" 23 3/4" 24" 24 1/4" 24 1/2" size 12 14 16 18 20 Chest 40 1/2" 42" 43 1/2" 45 1/2" 47 1/2" View A Sleeve* 23 3/4" 24 1/4" 24 1/2" 24 3/4"" 25 1/4" Length* 24 3/4" 25" 25 1/4" 25 1/2" 25 3/4"
* Measured from shoulder at neck.
English System Pattern
0 32 1/2" 25" 35" 2 33 1/2" 26" 36" 4 34 1/2" 27" 37" 6 35 1/2" 28" 38" 8 36 1/2" 29" 39" 10 37 1/2" 30" 40" 12 39" 31 1/2" 41 1/2" 14 40 1/2" 33" 43" 16 42" 34 1/2" 44 1/2" 18 44" 36 1/2" 46 1/2" 20 46" 38 1/2" 48 1/2" Metric System Pattern
0 83 64 89 2 85 66 92 4 88 69 94 6 90 71 97 8 93 74 99 10 95 76 102 12 99 80 106 14 103 84 109 16 107 88 113 18 112 93 118 20 117 98 123
Average rating: (4.5 of 5) based on 22 reviewsMaritime knit topReviewed by Jan (✓ Verified Buyer) on 10/02/2022Great pattern. With the instructions, it makes a professional looking top. I did the fba and added the dart. The dart was a mistake with the striped fabric. Since it was a small dart, I removed it and eased the extra fabric into the seam. Worked perfectly. I also made the sleeves a bit narrower just because I liked the look on me better. Looking forward to making it in another fabric.Was this helpful?Maritime Knit TopReviewed by Ros (✓ Verified Buyer) on 02/21/2022I love this top,I didn't have to make any alterations, was a perfect fit. Quick and easy top to make. ThlankyouWas this helpful?Fabulous NecklineReviewed by Wendy Thomson (✓ Verified Buyer) on 06/02/2021I have made a few boat neck knit tops over the years, but haven't managed to find one which worked as well at the Maritime Knit Top. I love the faced neckline, dropped sleeves and split seams on the side. I have now made a few for myself as well as for gifts for family members and cant recommend the pattern highly enough.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Marina Mostly GoodReviewed by Angie (✓ Verified Buyer) on 11/08/2020I am a complete beginner but I really wanted to make this top. I found it fairly straightforward but like others the neck was quite difficult and a bit too wide for my liking. The instructions were easy to follow and I am going to try and make it again in a different fabric (see if that helps). Overall able to wear the top - which I feel so proud of.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Neckline headachesReviewed by Rebecca (✓ Verified Buyer) on 05/24/2020Sadly this was not a go for me. The neckline was massive and the shoulders hung off by over two inches (I know this is a drop-shoulder design, but this is way too much!). I did follow the sizing guide, but something is amiss there. It is a shame, as I was really looking forward to making several versions of this top.Was this helpful?Tricky necklineReviewed by Christy Campbell (✓ Verified Buyer) on 12/14/2019I bought this pattern after seeing a review on Sewisfaction. It looked gorgeous on her! The neckline turned out way too big for me in the size suggested for my measurements. The pattern is beautiful, and I like the idea of a faced neckband, but I was disappointed in my finished shirt. I think I will try sizing down and see if that helps.4 of 5 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Maritime SuccessReviewed by Diane Doherty (✓ Verified Buyer) on 01/06/2019I sew a lot of Indi patterns. I recently sewed the Maritime top. I made the full bust adjustment. The instructions in Liesl's patterns are so good. I particularly love the armholes in this pattern. Liesl drafts the best armholes. I love the fit lines of this pattern, and it feels so good wearing. To me, the mark of a good fit is when you feel comfortable all day long in your garments.4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?maritime teeReviewed by Paula (✓ Verified Buyer) on 10/09/2018I love Liesl patterns but could not get the neck to look good on me. It was too wide and just the wrong shape. I am sure it is partly my fault and I need to stay away from that neckline.2 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Great!!!Reviewed by Pamela Keith (✓ Verified Buyer) on 05/04/2018Perfect pattern. I was worried about the pdf printing and putting together. But no trouble. Easier than cutting that tissue pattern apart. I have made 4 so far.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Lovely Classic PatternReviewed by Karina B (✓ Verified Buyer) on 07/05/2017I am a major Liesl fan! I've made about six everyday skirts, and have a well fitting muslin for the Moto jacket. So I know the care and knowledge that go into these well-drafted patterns. Instructions are really good: I always learn the right way to do things instead of having to wing it. I made the maritime top last week in a sort of beefy 100% cotton knit to check the fit and see if I needed to do an FBA. Which for my next go round, as long as my fabric has some give I think I can do without. I was thrilled with my first top, and wore it to 3 parties over the weekend of 4th!5 of 5 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Maritime knit topReviewed by Sheila Yamaguchi (✓ Verified Buyer) on 04/10/2017I am a beginner sewer and got up the challenge of working with these new stretchy knits and did a bust adjustment. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. My Kaufman Laguna jersey print stretched a little at the neckline but I hoping with a wash it will not be noticeable. I have broad shoulders so am a little unsure if I need more adjusting and the neckline was a little broader than I am used to but with a scarf which I usually wear, it looks great and is very comfortable. Am going to try a plain Kaufman Laguna jersey next and make the sleeves an inch longer as I think I have longer arms. Very pleased with the pattern.4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?maritime knit topReviewed by Alison Mooney (✓ Verified Buyer) on 03/15/2017Top was quite easy to make however I chose a very stretchy fabric and the neckline was difficult because it kept curling. Next time, I will chose a fabric with less stretch. Pattern was easy to download and instructions were good.3 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Success on first tryReviewed by Fiona Monclova (✓ Verified Buyer) on 01/04/2017I had a little confusion on the type of stitch to use and it wasn't until nearly the end where I realised that a normal straight stitch would have worked rather than the stretch stitch I was using. Next time, I will try the straight stitch! Other than that, the instructions are as excellent as they were in the Secret Agent pattern and it was a good lesson on sewing knits. I need to make some adjustments to the fit (I made the FBA dart too low, I think) and I think I'll lengthen the body a bit, but it's still a flattering top, according to my husband. It took a littler longer than I anticipated to finish the top, but I was learning and doing my first FBA. Next time will be much speedier!3 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Maritime Knit topReviewed by Anne Garner (✓ Verified Buyer) on 09/02/2016This is a great pattern. Super fit and very well written instructions with great tips even for experienced sewers. I downloaded the pattern and after experimenting with some cheap fabric was able to select the size to print that made the best fit for me. I already had bought the Gallery Tunic & Dress in hard format and was so impressed decided to try the Maritime top. So far I have made three tops and can't wait to receive my Coverlock machine from Janome to make my hemming more authentic.4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?I like the fitReviewed by Lori H (✓ Verified Buyer) on 04/20/2016Experimenting with different weights of knits. I finished a top in a sheer chartreuse on gray stripe and the fit is comfy and flattering. Fiddled with the neck finishing in a second top with a slightly heavier knit. Instead of a facing, I attached a folded binding. I will probably make a third.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Great topReviewed by Annie McCa (✓ Verified Buyer) on 12/15/2015I may have made a size too big because it was baggier than normal and the 3/4 sleeves weren't quite where they should be; I will have to shorten them.
But great pattern and easy to make!4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?perfect fitReviewed by PSM (✓ Verified Buyer) on 10/27/2015I made this tee shirt and it turned out to be just the way I wanted it to be. It fit nicely and looks good.3 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Great fit and easy sewingReviewed by Susan (✓ Verified Buyer) on 06/12/2015I made up the 3/4 sleeve top in St. James knit and was very happy with the way the top sewed up. It was straight forward and it looks just like the picture. The sizing was true to my measurements.I wear it a lot! Perfect with jeans and capri's. My 2 daughters have asked me to make them the same top in different colors. I highly recommend this pattern, it is a classic. I will sew it again I am sure.13 of 13 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?
In the first printing of the paper version of this pattern, there were two errors in the instructions. Both of these errors have been corrected in the digital version of the pattern that is now available.
- The second page of the instructions refers to using 1/2" seam allowances when 1/4" seam allowances were our intention. If you’ve used 1/2" seam allowances, the shirt will fit just a little more tightly than intended but the pattern will still work, so don’t worry too much if you’ve sewn them with the 1/2" seam.
- Related to the first issue, on page 2, step 1 under "Sew the Side Seams and Make the Vents," you’ll get better results at the side seam and vent if you use a 5/8" basting seam and a 1/4" seam. This step should read as follows: "1. Fold the shirt, with right sides together and pin the sleeve edges and side edges together, matching the dots at the side seams, the notches, and the underarm seams. Begin by setting your machine to a basting stitch and, using a 5/8" seam, baste from the bottom edge of the shirt’s hem to the dot, lockstitching or backstitching at the dot (this will temporarily close the vents at the bottom of the shirt); then set your machine back to a regular stitch and continue sewing all the way up the side seam to the edge of the sleeve with a 1/4" seam. Repeat to stitch the other side.
Determining Which Printing You Have
As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.
The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.
Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.
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