Square neck top puff sleeve pattern making tutorial Zaira Cole

Square Neck Top with Puff Sleeve

We are proud to introduce Zaira’s first-ever digital pattern making tutorial for PatternLab.London!

Follow Zaira’s pattern making tutorial and learn how to draft a gorgeous and on-trend square neck top with puff sleeves and flare cuff. It’s completely free to follow and we don’t ask you to sign up, just click and watch!

You’ll need a digital basic bodice block with waist shaping and sleeve to follow this tutorial. Check below the video to see your download options. Enjoy! 

Download the Basic Bodice Block to Follow Along

You will need a basic bodice block that features waist shaping and a classic front dart to follow this tutorial and draft this square neck top and puff sleeve style. We have two options for you to choose from!

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Made-to-Measure Torso Block

Draft a basic bodice block to fit your unique measurements. Create a profile, add your measurements, design your block, then download it as an SVG ePattern (sleeve included).

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Torso Block Pattern Pack

Purchase and download the bodice block pattern pack from our sister site DesignLab.london. The pack contains Ai, SVG and PDF patterns in Sizes UK4 -24 (sleeve included).

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform

Learn the step-by-step basics of digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator in our short crash course. It’s your first step to producing digital sewing patterns like a pro.

Adding seam allowance

Follow this simple and handy tutorial to learn how to add seam allowance to your finished pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Multi-page PDF patterns

Transform your finished pattern into multi-page PDF patterns in a range of paper sizes. Then save, print, share and sell your patterns online. 


  1. Barbara Harris

    Thanks a ton! my baby’s first birthday dress sleeve looks fab This post was very helpful

  2. shania

    Hi really need some help, at 24mins the minus front button does not work, what it does is it erases the entire sleeve piece. What do i do? thanks

    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Shania,

      Most likely this happens for two reasons.
      1. You must expand the lines that you are using to cut the block. You can view how to do this at 24:27 mins in.
      2. The cut lines have not been brought to the front of the pattern outline. This is most likely the issue that you face as it does not mention this on the tutorial.

      To bring the lines to the front, select all of the cut lines and click: Object> arrange> bring to front. Now select all of the lines and the pattern using the big selection tool (black arrow) and try the pathfinder tool once more. That should resolve your issue. Let me know how it goes.



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