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Please welcome the Polly Top sewing pattern! (Oh yes, and she's free).

Earlier this year we decided that we really wanted to release a sewing pattern as a free pdf download.  And, well, here she is! The Polly Top is a super simple project, perfect for anyone who is a total newbie to sewing patterns or a quick and easy sew for the slightly more experienced.

The Polly Top is a woven tank top with clean lines and a tab hem, Polly features a contrast panel at the front allowing for endless colour and fabric combinations, as well as shaping the bust without the need for darts. Simple and quick to make, but don’t let that fool you; The Polly Top provides just the right amount of challenge, encouraging you to hone your skills sewing curves and making your own bias tape to bind the neckline and armholes.

Polly’s a pretty flexible gal so have a go making her up in any of the following; light to medium weight wovens such as cotton lawn, quilting, voile, shirting, poplin, batiste, broderie, flannel, lace, drapey fabrics such as silk crepe de chine, silk charmeuse, chiffon, habotai, rayon, wool crepe; even knits such as ponte, double knit and viscose jersey.

Check out the gorgeous Polly modelling her very own top below.

Polly By Hand London-40-Edit


Polly By Hand London-81-Edit


Polly By Hand London-118-Edit      All photos by Rory DCS

Although your Polly Top download includes written instructions, this time we also decided to create a sewalong video for those of you who feel that you might need a little more help.  (And for those of you looking for some silliness, please do skip forward to 12:13...)




So, do you wanna make her?? We hope so! All you need to do is go to the product page right here, add the Polly Top to your cart, checkout as normal and you'll be emailed the pdf immediately.

As ever, we absolutely love seeing our patterns out in the wild and so please do share away!

Cannot wait to see what you make. x




Comments on this post (11)

  • Jun 28, 2016

    Made one last year. Had so much fun I did a “sewing day” at my house, and 4of us got together to make one for each of us. I have picture in my phone. How do I add to show you?

    — Anne-Marie

  • Jun 28, 2016

    Made one last year. Had

    — Anne-Marie

  • Jan 24, 2015

    I would like to receive the pattern sin size L. Thanks

    — barbara barendson

  • Nov 18, 2014

    Took my measurements (very carefully) and made the 10/14 in a toile (just for fun for the first time ever) its way too big so im back to the drawing board again.

    — Alison

  • Jul 14, 2014

    Hi Anne-Lie,

    The Polly Top pattern is available for free download from our online shop – – enjoy!

    — Elisalex - By Hand London

  • Jul 14, 2014

    Hi Julie,

    The pattern is not really designed to be viewed/printed from a tablet. Try downloading again to your PC so you can open the file with a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader and hopefully it shouldn’t give you any trouble. Give us a shout however if it doesn’t work for you!

    Hope this helps!

    — Elisalex - By Hand London

  • Jul 13, 2014

    I would like to have the pattern for this top.

    Thnxs in advance!

    Best regards

    — Anne-Lie Olofsson

  • Jul 11, 2014

    Very disappointed. I’ve downloaded the pattern on my tablet but can’t open it!!!!!!
    I will try and reorder on the pc.

    — Julie Rowe

  • Mar 12, 2014

    would love the pattern – it looks really cool.

    — Judy D

  • Feb 27, 2014

    Hi Abigail – it is a little tricky easing in the curve when attaching that front panel, but it does fit so don’t worry! Just go real slow, matching notches first and pinning like mad! Good luck!

    — Elisalex - By Hand London

  • Feb 25, 2014

    hi, thanks for sharing !
    i cut the pieces de front does not match pice B is larger than A, i don’t know if am i worng, but it doesn’t fit the A curve.
    size 6 us

    — abigail

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