Noa Linen Shirt Sewing Pattern (Free PDF)

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Channeling the minimalist spirit of a modern woman, the Noa shirt is a modern classic. This simple shirt combines relaxed silhouette with classic tailored styling, like a point collar, sleeve cuffs and a back yoke. One of the most foundational and versatile pieces of any wardrobe, it can be dressed up or down so easily and pairs really well with just about anything. Made out of our finest linen, it'll get softer and softer with every wash.

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Type: PDF Pattern
Skill Level: Beginner
Design Variations: 1
Illustrations: Yes
Instructions: Yes

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Customer Questions and Answers


Thank you for clarifying the problem. Can I reverse the front left and right patterns and still make it work?

Cynthia • November 15, 2023
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So long as you have 2 front which are opposites and right sides up, the only difference will be which side your buttons and buttonholes are. So if this doesn't bother you, your project will be ok.

Lauren • November 15, 2023

I think I've messed up before starting to sew. When I opened up my fabric to cut out the "Right Front" and "Left Front", I placed the pattern on the wrong side of the fabric. It looks like I should have placed on right side of fabric. Any suggestions? My email is HELP (My fabric is pinwale corduroy)

Cynthia • November 13, 2023
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Hello, I'm sorry you've had a sewing mishap there! Our patterns are designed to be used for our linen fabric, so you will need to take some extra precautions for your corduroy fabric such as making sure the pattern pieces are cut correctly and in in the correct direction for the nap. Linen doesn't have a discernable right and wrong side, or a direction.

Lauren • November 13, 2023

Hey printed the pdf but it's not accurate and can you pls tell me a4 size of the printout or can you pls help what changes to do while printing

Vaishnavi • September 27, 2023
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Hello, please make sure your printer settings are set to 100% or actual size, and the paper in the tray matches your printer settings on the computer. For more assistance, please email us directly.

Lauren • September 27, 2023

Could I make a man's shirt if I changed the sides of the buttons/buttonholes?

Kirsten • September 25, 2023
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Yes, you can do this.

Lauren • September 25, 2023

Bonjour j'aimerai faire ce chemisier j'ai téléchargé le pdf patron je n'arrive pas a avoir les instructions pour la fabrication .Merci Gérard Marie France

gerard • September 22, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Hello, Please go to our blog for instructions: and enter "Noa" into the search bar. This will bring up a number of posts including the tutorial post.

Lauren • September 22, 2023

When the model is wearing a white garment, can you position them in front of a wall that is NOT white? The details of the garment are impossible to see. Or put the model in a light, solid garment.

Jolynn • August 22, 2023
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Thank you for your feedback. You can also see details of the garment on the line drawings which are included in the free download.

Lauren • August 22, 2023

Hello, I have trouble with the length of the shoulder seams... the back seam is more than 3cm smaller than the front shoulder seam... I double ckecked the pattern pieces and every other seam is the right size... I don't understand what happened... Help !

Barbara • July 20, 2023
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Hello, We recommend comparing your pattern to your fabric to check its accuracy and see if it has stretched out. I would also make sure you line up your front and back shoulders along the sewing lines, ad they can be longer at the edges to account for the shape of the armhole.

Lauren • July 20, 2023

Where is the size chart?

dvora • July 10, 2023
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it is located within the free download.

Lauren • July 10, 2023

toujours pas de possibilité d'avoir les instructions sur ce lien toujours la même pop up :( tant pis

Patricia • July 2, 2023
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Hello, the pop-up is there to let you sign in or register. You will need to register or sign in to access the free download.

Lauren • July 2, 2023

impossible d'avoir les instructions ... ouverture de pop up pour s'inscrire sur la news letter meme en s'inscrivant la meme pop up s'ouvre à chaque fois

Patricia • June 29, 2023
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I'm sorry you are having trouble with pop ups. Here is the direct link to the instructions: You can also download them from this page to using the link at the end of the tutorial.

Lauren • June 29, 2023

Where are the instructions for the Noa Shirt? I have the pattern but just can't seem to find the instructions! Thank you

Jane • June 10, 2023
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Free pattern tutorials can be found on our blog at any time. Please go to and search "noa" to find the tutorial.

Lauren • June 10, 2023

Hi! So... I want to turn this into a sleeveless shirt dress (with gathered waist). Would I need to do anything special to make it sleeveless, other than omit the sleeve pattern and use bias finishing instead? I'm worried about warping in the armhole if left without a sleeve. For the skirt, I'm planning on using the skirt for the Diana, except widening and doing gathers instead of pleats. Would that be OK? Are the button plackets the same width & etc?

laili • May 22, 2023
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Hello, you may like to shape the armholes since they are designed to accommodate a sleeve, which can be quite long at the shoulder than a traditional sleeveless design. The Noa and Diana patterns aren't design to go together so be sure to make sure the Diana matches up to the Noa shirt at your desired point, allowing for enough extra fabric in the Diana pattern for your gathers. If you would like a sleeveless shirt dress with a gathered skirt, perhaps you may like to look at the Salome Dress.

Lauren • May 22, 2023

I have problem i don't understand So where do we use the two narrow button band? It seems it is not involved in your pictures and the shirt , would you help me please ?!!

elnaz • May 14, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Hello, The button band is covered in the linked tutorial, which is mentioned at the start of the first step of the tutorial. Please copy and paste this link into your browser to see it if you can't find the link:

Lauren • May 14, 2023

Hello, I've printed the pattern but can't find the cutting layout, can you direct me to this, for the noa shirt pattern.

Laide • December 13, 2022
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Hello, In order to offer so many patterns for free, we have made the layouts very simple so they don't include cutting layouts. We recommend you fold your fabric in half with selvedges together and start by laying your pattern pieces which need to lay on the fold first, then laying the other larger pieces on your fabric. Finally slot in any other pattern pieces into the gaps.

Lauren • December 13, 2022

hello I have downloaded this pattern but I cannot found the instructions? thanks for your help Anne

anne • November 5, 2022
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Hello Ann, If you go to our Blog, The Thread, and search "Noa shirt" in the search bar, the tutorial will come up. Blog is

Lauren • November 5, 2022

Thanks for this lovely pattern and the elobarate instructions! I'm making the shirt in size 0/2. I found my button band was a little short, so it's left unfinished on the inside (not enough length for a double fold). I also found the cuffs are a lot wider than the sleeve (I already formed the two pleats following the instructions). How come?

Silje • November 1, 2022
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Hello, The button band is shorter on the collar edge as well as the hem to reduce bulk in these areas. The cuff however, is smaller than the sleeve opening, so I would check your pattern was printed at the correct scaling.

Lauren • November 1, 2022
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This was my first button up blouse although I've been sewing for a while. I found the pattern to be a reasonably good fit. After I started sewing, I read the reviews saying it ran a little large so I used generous French seams and this worked out fine. The on-line tutorial and links were helpful. I'm pleased with the finished shirt and will post a picture.

Lyn • October 1, 2023
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Beautiful and easy to make

I have made several times and it is wonderful and simple. So comfortable to wear. The instructions are is several places so you need to be aware of that for the front closure. The only modification I had to make was to take the arms up a little to fit my body better.

Faye • August 4, 2023
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Absolutely LOVED sewing this

This pattern is amazing! The instructions were clear (although you had to go back and forth between a few different web pages of tutorials). There were a few new things to me like the collar stand but I juat slowly read through the instructions and it was a breeze! I still need to add buttons the buttons but I could wait to write a review! Thanks for yet another amazing pattern and sewing experience!

Celia • July 27, 2023
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Beautiful, but directions are a bit sketchy.

Lovely shirt, but the button band is so confusing! In the tutorial, it is difficult to discern which side of the fabric is showing and how the band is laid out. I have tried several times and concluded that the R side of the band faces the W side of the shirt right side front. Once sewn, the band is folded over on the seam, to the front of the shirt, so that the entire band is on the front. The pressed edge is now facing down toward the shirt front. Press down the right seam edge so that it does not show on the finished front before pinning the left edge down and top stitching both sides of the band. (Other tutorials on line show folding the band in half which is not the case here.) Despite the instructions; do the bands before hemming!! Good Luck!

Regina • February 10, 2023
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Comparing to Zina pattern

How is this pattern different from your Zina pattern? Thank you!

Kelly • April 29, 2022
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Hello, our Zina pattern also includes a dress version, doesn't have the back yoke, and includes more shaping at the waist. Zina also includes pattern pieces and instructions for adding patch pockets to both the dress and the shirt.

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I've made the Noa shirt twice now and this won't be the last time. As free patterns go it's incredible detailed and helpful. My only feedback is the cuff pattern- I find I consistently get better results when I use two cuff pieces sewn together rather than one piece folded (even though it's less work this way!) I made this shirt with some quilting cotton- the end of a bolt that was on sale at a local shop. The shirt is now in weekly rotation.

Jamie • yesterday

My first button up blouse and it's a keeper. I made this from a thrifted 100% cotton sheet. I had fun incorporating the stripes horizontally. Changes I made to the pattern include shortening 1" in the front & 2" in the back, French seams, lengthened the cuff 2" total (1" actual), 2 buttons on cuff, shortened sleeve 1" to account for cuff, added front pocket, widened the collar tips slightly, and hemmed last. I liked the yoke alternative to the burrito method - ran this horizontally too. A nice free pattern!

Lyn • October 1, 2023

I still need to sew on the buttons to this Noa Shirt but I couldn't wait to post! Love this top and love this pattern!! I used a thrifted bed sheet but I definitely want to invest in some good linen to make some more sets using this as a top pattern!

Celia • July 27, 2023

The moonflower linen is beautiful! I made some adjustments to the fit and the size of the collar. The tutorial is great!

Rachel • March 15, 2022

Noa in dove linen with a few adjustments to the fit. I also adjusted the size of the collar and cuffs. The buttons are from the wood of a plum tree and look perfect with the beautiful fabric.

Rachel • March 15, 2022
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