Sewing Basics 2: Learn to Sew the Nocturne Top

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Learn to Sew Your Clothes: Sewing Basics 2

Make the cozy Nocturne Top

Ready to to level up your sewing skills with gathers, sleeves, and a notched collar? In our Sewing Basics 2 course you’ll love making the easy-to-fit Nocturne Top.

The Nocturne Top’s distinctive notched and gathered yoke can just as easily be paired with jeans as it can be with pajama pants. This cozy pullover top with a slight high-low hem can be made with short or long sleeves depending on the season.

Meredith wearing a yellow Nocturne Top.

This course walks you through every step of preparing and sewing your Nocturne Top, teaching you professional techniques peppered with tons of tips, all with a bunch of encouragement and fun.

Meg wears a black, sleeveless dress over a colorful handknit sweater. She is sitting next to her sewing machine and holding scissors in her hand.

In this thorough, warm, and supportive online course – designed to feel like a multi-week in-person class – you will be proud to make your own versatile top, from the comfort of your home.

Watch (and re-watch) any time – your course access never expires.

In class, you’ll be using the Nocturne Pajamas PDF pattern, which comes in sizes 0-34 and is included in your enrollment.  This pattern includes both the top and pants for a cozy pajama set.

Your course includes over 6 hours of video instruction, lifetime membership in the Learn to Sew Your Clothes online community, and a digital pattern and a pattern sheet shipped to your door.

Skills learned:

  • Taking proper measurements and choosing a size
  • Lengthening and shortening a pattern
  • The benefits of making a muslin
  • How to sew a yoke
  • How to sew a notched collar
  • How to sew gathers
  • How to set in and sew sleeves

This course is part of our Learn to Sew Your Clothes learning path, a series designed to accompany you as you level up your sewing skills.

Hear what our Learn to Sew students are saying:


I wasn't sure what to expect from the Learn To Sew Your Clothes Course, but already after the first modules I have gotten information that is invaluable. Simple things that as a self-taught sewer no one ever told me. I look forward to going deeper into the course, and with the knowledge I have gained so far to finally being able to work WITH my sewing machine instead of AGAINST it!

Ann V.

The course is absolutely incredible, and a true labor of love. It SHOWS! My husband is in cinematography, and I was so excited to show him the production value alone - you are doing an amazing job. It's like a masterclass - seriously! I know how much work, coordination, hours and hours of filming and edits, care and attention go into each and every fiber of this course (I work for a company that does online courses.) Please know how magical you have made this for us all.

Melanie T.

I love that the instructions are so clear and detailed and that they are presented in a relaxed and engaging way. Add in the fact that you can ask questions and get feedback from the community and members of the Sew Liberated team and you have the perfect sewing course!


I looove your learning how to sew course! When watching the video, I feel like I'm in a room with a couple of friends who are teaching me to sew. When I'm sewing I am just blissed out and so happy to be doing something I've always wanted to do. I am sooo grateful for this opportunity and community and thoughtful teaching. You're not just designing good patterns, you're making sewists!

Kristin Koons

Thanks for all your hard work, loving this platform hidden away from all the ads and gimmicks of social media. I typically tend to be a mostly silent observer on social media and often forget to engage or share, but your platform really makes me want to join in.

Emmiline L.

Shaerie is one of the best teachers I have come across, and I have taken A LOT OF CLASSES!


I can't even tell you how much I have enjoyed your courses! My sister and I did the Studio Tunic together and now we are waiting impatiently for the Hinterland. Thank you so much for all your inspiration!

Lisa Hamilton

I want to express how much I am enjoying the Learn to Sew courses. Shaerie is such a clear and fun instructor who answers even the most basic of questions. I learned something new in all the Learn to Sew courses. I also love Judith's super positive support in the chats in the course community.

Stephanie E

Fit & Sew Pants and Saremy

My big goal this year is to learn to sew pants. The pants fitting course has been fantastic for me, partly because of the thorough video instruction, but Saremy’s support in the forum is a game-changer. I feel as though she is sitting next to me, fitting my muslin right on my body. It’s hard to believe she is doing all of this virtually through me sharing photos and her sending me feedback, recommendations, and personalized video demos of what I’m to do. I am not only learning the how-to of pants fitting, but she is making it possible for me to actually understand why I’m doing it. Thank you so much, Saremy!

Tracy Arney

The method of instruction - following the trajectory of an instructor teaching an actual student - makes it very easy to follow and understand. And having the community of other people in the class is an added bonus - a place to ask questions and get support. I could not be happier with my experience so far!


For rookies like me, the companion course to the Studio Tunic pattern is essential. The [course's] lighting and camera work are exceptional. The cast is superior: Shaerie is articulate and concise. Sophia is focused and calm. Together they're a congenial team. I learned so much from this excellent video course.


I'm really proud of how far I've come! I'm also so proud of my classmates, whom I've been meeting via Sew Liberated's (non-social-media) groups pages, and it's been so nice to connect with other people who are also experiencing the learning process and sharing their own perspectives and questions.

Thu Ngo

I feel the need to let you know that, while I am not new to sewing, I was never confident enough to sew clothing for myself until I discovered Sew Liberated. You and your crew are the reason I made all of my clothing this summer and discovered an amazing community not only in the Sew Liberated gang but in so many of your suggestions. I am a different sewist these days and I wanted to say thank you!

Sharon DiCrosta

I have tried to learn pattern drafting from books, and have taken pattern drafting courses at community college, but not until Sew Liberated courses have I felt confident that I'm learning the concepts. Honestly, these are absolutely the best courses anywhere! Great designers, great teachers, and great website. You all rock!


I just took the Beyond Sewing Basics course, which I loved! Shaerie is one of the best teachers I have ever seen and one of the reasons I signed up for the course.


Learning how to sew my own clothes has been a longtime goal of mine, but to be honest, I was a bit intimidated by it, and had no idea how to start.

I'm enrolled for the entire sequence of courses. It truly was beginner-friendly. I really appreciate the self-paced video format that included Sophia, also a beginner sewist, learning right along with us.

Thu Ngo

This is a wonderful platform and the community is simply amazing! I am so grateful to be a part of it! I really love the way the lessons have been set up and I'm really loving that I can easily go back to a section and re-watch it just in case I missed something.


Sophia, our Learn to Sew Your Clothes student, sewed her first practice seam ever!

Which Learn to Sew course is right for me?

We have courses for sewists of all levels, from complete beginner to advanced.

Unsure about where to begin? Our Guided Placement for Sewists (GPS) will locate your perfect starting point on the Learn to Sew Your Clothes pathway.

Who is it for?

This course is perfect for the beginner who is ready to level up their skills with fun details like sewing gathers, a notched neckline, and setting in a sleeve. If you have made a garment or two previously, and are ready to learn some slightly more complex skills, Sewing Basics 2 is a great course for you.

If you have taken Sewing Basics 1, this is the next step in the Learn to Sew Your Clothes path.

Shaerie Mead
Meet the team
Shaerie Mead
your instructor

Teaching people how to sew their own clothes is Shaerie Mead’s jam, and she’s been doing it for decades.

In addition to being a patternmaker and designer of her clothing line, Iona, she owned the much-loved Sew LA, a workshop space where she taught hundreds and hundreds of folks how to sew.

Shaerie’s clear, detailed, and approachable teaching style will put you at ease and deliver so many “ah-ha!” moments. She really gets how beginners learn, and she’s got your back.

“Shaerie is one of the best teachers I have come across, and I have taken A LOT OF CLASSES!” – Karen
your teacher, Shaerie Mead
Meg McElwee
Meet the team
Meg McElwee
your other instructor

There’s little Meg loves more than bringing mindfulness and a little bit of humor to the practice of sewing.

She brings her background as a progressive educator to the design and back end of the Learn to Sew Your Clothes series, and can’t wait to pop into the lessons here and there to inject her expertise in sewing and creative styling.

Click here to learn more about Meg, the founder of Sew Liberated.

Meg McElwee, Learn to Sew Your Clothes instructor
Sophia Kiser
Meet the team
Sophia Kiser
your fellow student

You won’t be alone on your journey! You’ll learn by watching upbeat and intrepid Sophia learn to sew.

She’ll ask all the important beginner questions that are on your mind. Thanks to Sophia’s candid learning curve, you’ll realize that everyone makes little mistakes, and it’s ok! Mistakes are simply the way we hone new skills.

You’ll be delighted to observe Sophia blossom as a sewist as the lessons progress, right alongside you.

“I’ve spent hours and hours with Shaerie and Sophia. (I have taken every single class!) Sophia has grace, enthusiasm and a wonderful sense of humor.” – Lisa
Sophia Kiser, student in Learn to Sew Your Clothes
Sew Liberated
Meet the team
Sew Liberated
your trusted sewing pattern company

One of the first independent sewing pattern companies, Sew Liberated has been doing this since 2007. But we aren’t just informed by needle and thread. Meg has a Masters in Education, and brings her knowledge and passion for how people learn to everything that Sew Liberated produces: from beautifully clear instructions to designing learning journeys.

Combined, Meg and Shaerie have over 50 years of experience in both sewing and sewing education.

Course participants also have access to the boundless knowledge of Sew Liberated’s professional patternmaker and fitting whiz, Judith, in the online course community.

Meg and Judith, in the Learn to Sew Your Clothes community
Shaerie Mead
Meg McElwee
Sophia Kiser
Sew Liberated, your trusted sewing pattern company
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learn to sew with friends

Join over 1500 students who have experienced the warmth and connection of Sew Liberated’s online course communities.

Your course includes membership in our online support group, hosted on our own website. No Facebook necessary.

You’ll love the ability to get answers to all of your questions and post project photos while making new friends who totally get your passion!

Meg and Ashley are wearing deep teal Lichen dusters and are giving each other a hug while they smile at the camera.


Will my course materials expire? Do I get lifetime access?

Yes, with your purchase you get lifetime access to the course videos, other materials, and membership in the private Learn to Sew support group. You also get lifetime access to the downloadable PDF Nocturne Pajamas sewing pattern.

What level of sewist should take this course?

This course, Learn to Sew Your Clothes: Sewing Basics 2, is designed for beginner sewists. The videos take you through every step of the sewing process. If you are a complete novice and have never worked with a sewing machine, fabric, or sewing patterns, we recommend starting with Intro to Sewing.

I haven’t taken the previous courses in the Learn to Sew Your Clothes series. Can I take this one? 

Yes! This course is accessible to beginners. If you have previously made one or two simple garments you should be fine in Sewing Basics 2.

When can I start, and how much does it cost? 

You can start right away! The cost is $129, which includes the Nocturne PDF sewing pattern and printed pattern pieces shipped to you (there may be an extra shipping fee for those outside the US). This price is similar to what you might pay for a comparable in-person class.

How do I get my pattern sheets?

When you sign up for Sewing Basics 2, your printed pattern sheets are included in your course purchase. We will mail your pattern sheets to your door, and you will be able to access your PDF pattern (which includes your instructions) from your My Account page on Sew Liberated’s website. Downloads do not expire.

How do I know if the patterns will fit me? 

We pride ourselves on having an inclusive size range. All of the patterns on the Learn to Sew Your Clothes learning path fit bust measurements up to 58.5” (147 cm), waist measurements up to 52.5” (133 cm) and hip measurements up to 61” (155 cm). We draft for a dressmaker’s C-cup (that’s a 3″ difference between your high bust measurement and your full bust measurement) and a height of 5’5″ (165 cm). You will learn simple adjustments like lengthening and shortening in this course.

Can I make any view of the Nocturne Top?

Yes, instructions for all sleeve views are included in the course.

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Course Includes

  • 3 Modules
  • 31 Lessons