French Poetry Polaris Top PDF (Beginner)

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Polaris is an off-shoulder peasant top pattern with gathers on neckline and arms. Gathers are made using elastic casings, and an optional bow can be added on front. Inspired from a vintage cut from the 1940s, it features an underarm gusset: this is how this kind of tops were constructed back in the time in the 19th century when women still wore corsets. Nowadays you can see many similar-looking tops without this specific technique.

Choose a crisp shirting or soft crepe to play on the different textures and volumes!


2/5 – very easy thanks to the sew-along video. You can find this video in the French Poetry tutorials section!


Choose your size as per the measurements below if you want a lot of gathers, or size down if you want your top to be closer to the body. I advise to size down if the drape of your fabric is quite stiff or «puffy». You can judge by the pictures here: I made the cream top in my regular size, and the blue striped top is 2 sizes smaller. Size range: 2 to 16 – tested up to size 14.

Available sizes:

2 to 16

Fabric choice: 

Length: with 60’’ (150cm) wide fabrics, you will need 2 yards (or 2 meters). with 44’’ – 45’’ (115cm) fabrics, you will need 2.5 yards (or 2.5 meters).
Fabric choice: lightweight but opaque fabrics: cotton lawn (liberty…), shirting, viscose or polyester or silk crepe, twill, challis… don’t try to add a lining, that would make a super puffy/balloony top.

You will need:

2 to 3 yards (3m) of 0.5cm wide elastic, matching thread for your fabric, scissors, pins, a marking pen, a machine needle that fits your fabric type, a small safety pin. 


This pattern is offered in sizes 2 to 16 according to the body measurements below.

Size 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Bust 31.5 33 34.7 36 37.8 39 41 42.5
Waist 23.6 25 26.8 28 30 31 33 34.6
Hips 34 35.4 37 38.6 40 41.7 43.3 44.9
Length of finished garment 34.6 34.8 35 35.2 35.4 35.6 35.8 36

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  • 3
    Lovely top

    Posted by Elaine on 27th Jul 2020

    I made this top in the white neon embroidered cotton lawn fabric, and it came out beautifully. BUT the pattern instructions are incredibly confusing and some steps are not included. I figured it out by watching the YouTube tutorial but I feel I shouldn’t have had to do that.. There are no finished garment measurements available, I made this in my usual size as per the measurements in the patten and I could easily have sized down by 2 sizes.