pattern for breton top

Free Pattern for a Breton top

A nod to the nautical…..


Ever since Coco Chanel drew inspiration from the so-called Breton jersey top, which was the standard issue French navy seaman’s uniform introduced in 1858, by including it in her stylish 1917 nautical collection, the Breton stripe shirt has been reinvented in many forms and is a classic wardrobe staple for the style conscious.


 Free Pattern for Breton top from Tessuti Fabrics

We love this simple version of the Breton top – the loose-fitting Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti fabrics. This is a simple pattern for all levels of sewing ability and can be downloaded absolutely free following the instructions on the Tessuti website. We recommend you use a lovely lightweight jersey like the options below or even one of the fantastic new ribbed jersey fabrics we have in stock for colder weather.


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We think this pattern would be fantastic made up in the wool jersey stripe red fabric below but if stripes aren’t your thing, it would look equally on trend in our popular leopard print jersey.


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This boxy top with drop shoulders has a boat neck and optional three quarter or full length fitted sleeves. Relaxed and easy-to-wear, Mandy really is the perfect wardrobe staple and a quick and satisfying sewing project.



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