Gilbert Top


Size Range: 0-30

View Size Chart & Fabric Requirements

The Gilbert Top is a button up shirt with a camp-style collar and a relaxed fit. View A has short sleeves and a tie-front. It is slightly cropped but still very comfortable with mid to high-rise bottoms. View B has long bell sleeves and a longer length, perfect for tucking into high-waisted pants. There is an optional breast pocket and both views feature a front facing for the button placket. The Gilbert Top has a beautiful back yoke and collar that is finished using the ‘burrito method’. This everyday top is ideal for all seasons and works for both professional and casual styling. Mix and match the views to get loads of great looks!


Pattern Details

Sewing Level: Intermediate
Size Range: 0-30

Recommended Fabrics:
Light to medium weight woven fabrics with no stretch such as linen, cotton (lawn, poplin, seersucker, double gauze, shirting), silk noil, cotton/linen blends or cotton/hemp blends. View B works best in drapier fabrics with fluid movement such as Tencel twill , silk crêpe, and rayon/viscose challis or poplin. View A works best in fabrics without an obvious right and wrong side because the wrong side of the tie may be visible when worn.

Required Notions:

  • Thread
  • Shirt buttons (1/2” or 1.3 cm diameter)
    • View A: Three buttons
    • View B: Five buttons
  • Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
    • View A: 0.6 yards (60 cm)
    • View B: 0.8 yards (80 cm)

This is a print-at-home PDF pattern.
This pattern is designed to print at home on A4 (8.3” x 11.7”) or letter (8.5” X 11”) sized paper. Copyshop file is also provided (A0 – 33.1″ x 46.8″) A comprehensive instruction booklet is included.

About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.