Friday Bateau Top

Introducing the Friday Bateau

Introducing the Friday Bateau

The Friday Bateau is a classic bateau top that is sure to become an elegant and well worn essential in your handmade wardrobe. It is a knit top that can be made with long or short sleeves. It is designed to be fitted without being tight and will pair well with pretty much any Friday Pattern.

The Friday Bateau is the latest Free/Pay what you can pattern to join the pack!

At Friday Pattern Co, our mission is to help you fall in love with sewing and it is important to us to make sewing accessible to everyone. You can expect the same level of support and quality in our free/pay what you can patterns as you would with our standard releases. ⁠

If you are able to pay for the pattern (as little as $2) you are helping to fund our ability to make more patterns like this in the future. Join our newsletter to get first access to the new pattern (link in bio). ⁠

Sizing Note: The #FridayBateauTop will be available in sizes XS-7X (32"/81cm - 60”/152cm chest)


The Friday Bateau is designed for knits with at least 50% cross grain stretch. This means that your fabric needs to be able to stretch on the crosswise grain.

Fabric Suggestions:

Look for knit fabrics that have a 50% stretch, something like a cotton jersey, ribbed jersey, Modal, or Bamboo Jersey. Above are a few styles that would look awesome from various fabric stories. 

From left to right:

1. Bamboo Jersey in mint green from Sew Me Sunshine

2. Recycled Nylon Swim from Blackbird Fabrics

3. Stripe Modal from Stone Mountain and Daughter

4. Jersey from Grid Fabrics

5. Bamboo Jersey Ribbed from Sew Me Sunshine 

6. Organic Cotton Jersey from Minerva


Hold a piece of un-stretched fabric and line the ends up at the two arrows. Keeping one end at the first arrow, stretch the other end to the 50% line. As long as it can stretch to that line, your fabric is suitable.


The Friday Bateau is designed to be fitted without being too tight. It was drafted using sample measurements for a B bra cup and for a height of 5’6”[168cm].

We recommend choosing a size based on your full chest measurement.



The measurements below are the dimensions of the garment after it is sewn. The ‘Length’ is measured from your high shoulder point to hem. Your high shoulder point is where your shoulder seam meets your neck.



You may need to purchase extra yardage if your fabric has a heavy nap, is directional, striped, or has an obvious repeat.



  • When working with knit fabrics it is important to handle unsewn pieces with care so that they don't stretch out. This is especially important if your fabric has a lot of stretch. Avoid holding unsewn pieces up or letting your project hang off of your table as you sew.

  • Seam allowance is 3/8”[1cm] unless otherwise stated.

  • When sewing with knits use a stretch or ballpoint needle in your sewing machine.

  • Use a stretch or zig zag stitch (unless otherwise noted) for construction and topstitching. You can also use a serger for construction stitches if you have one. Recommended zig zag stitch setting is 2.5mm wide x 2.5 mm long.

  • Make sure your sewing machine tension is correct. Test a scrap of fabric to make sure your stitch looks right on your fabric.

  • Make sure that your fabric is feeding nicely through your machine. You should not have to pull or push it. Forcing the fabric will cause warping.

  • Wavy seams? Give ‘em a steam! If your seams are a bit wavy after sewing you can press them with a steamy iron to flatten them.


The Bateau is the perfect layering piece and great for casual outfits. Style with your favourite pair of jeans, or tucked into some dressy trousers for a more elevated look. Choose a classic stripe fabric for a Parisian vibe, or a bold fabric for a statement pop of colour. 

If you would like to try the pattern it's available as a free / pay what you can pattern. So if you can select from $2 at the checkout, as we want to create more accessible sewing patterns for everyone. 

the above version is by Chelsea, you can see the full step-by-step instructions on our YouTube channel here.

Sew Along fabric from here.

Shop the pattern here

Reading next

Collarless Heather Blazer Vest Hack
Saguaro Set Hiking Pants Sewing Hack

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.