Forte Top & Dress

35 customer reviews


All Love Notions Sewing Patterns are digital downloads, you may print them at home or send to a copy shop. A physical pattern will not be mailed to you.

The Forte top and dress is a great transitional piece to add to your wardrobe. Included are four body styles, two dresses and several sleeve options to mix and match. Mix and match the sleeve flounces or leave them off entirely. The Forte is meant for light to medium weight knits. Views B & D can even be made as dresses!

  • A- gathered skirt peplum style with scoop neck
  • B- waterfall skirt with v-neck
  • C- classic tee with scoop neck
  • D- gathered inverted with v-neck

Forte Top and Dress Features:

  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • 4 Top views
  • 2 Dress views
  • 6 Sleeve options: short with flounce, bell, gathered, plain short, plain mid-length, plain long
  • Full Bust option

Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)

Skill Level: Confident Beginners

Pattern Formats Included:

  • Print at home for US letter & A4 paper, trimless format with layers
  • Large format file for copy shop printing. This file will print on six A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology.

Read more about this pattern on our blog:

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The Forte Top & Dress instant downloadable pdf pattern contains:

  • The Forte Top & Dress contains pattern pieces for four top styles, two dress styles (standard bust & full bust) and 6 sleeve styles.
  • Included is a print chart to only print the pages you need for your style choice.
  • In addition to the print-at-home file, an A0-sized large format file for copy shop printing is also included.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology to cut their fabric
  • 1 page to customize the fit.
  • 2 pages of inspiration photos from pattern testers.
  • Cutting guide.
  • 7 pages of bright and clear step by step illustrations.
  • Optimized for most tablets with links to each part of the pattern. Print only the pattern pieces and use a tablet or computer to read the instructions to save on ink and paper!
  • This pattern has the ability to print just desired size(s) and in addition features trimless pattern assembly! Open the PDF in Adobe, select the layer thumbnail on the left hand menu and then select the size(s) to print. See this tutorial for more information.
  • Designed for both letter and A4 paper printing.
  • Because we value work at home business, feel free to use this pattern in your home sewing businesses.

Size chart & Fabric Requirements

Line Drawings

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11/8/19: Updated file with sizes 4X & 5X

9/23/2020: Fixed mislabeled bodice and side seams view B top.

1/27/23: updated projector file to be a little more user friendly

35 reviews for Forte Top & Dress

  1. Stacey Gambetti (verified owner)

    I am in LOVE with my Forte tops! They all look different. I have made 2 so far and planning a grey one like your ambassador with the ruffle to the bell sleeve. Absolutely love them.

  2. doolittlea (verified owner)

    I really love view D of the Forte, very easy to make. You can easily sew one piece for the top front piece and just one for the bottom, I followed the tips from the Facebook group 🙂