Riva — Linen Shirts, Pants and Shorts Sewing Pattern (Premium Paper)

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The Riva pattern collection has the perfect balance of classic tailoring and casual ease.  We started with an iconic high-waist pleated trouser in a leg-lengthening silhouette and paired it with our creative take on the button-down shirt.  For a lighter look, we have included options for shorts and a sleeveless shirt.

What you get with your pattern:

  • 1:1 fit and pattern consultation with our in-house pattern maker and fit expert.
  • The latest in sizing. We use up-to-date technology and body shape data to get you a better fit.
  • Professional clothing construction techniques. Developed by industry insiders with 100 years of shared experience.
  • Illustrated instructional booklet to get you from start to finish. Written with the beginner in mind.
  • Comes printed on crease-free, rolled plotting paper. Professional quality.
  • Your pattern comes with only the sizes you requested printed in vibrant colors. Less clutter for easier cutting.
  • Complimentary pattern storage tube and pattern hook.
  • Pattern card for easy reference.
  • Sew for your business? The pattern license is free with purchase.


Type: Paper Pattern
Skill Level: Advanced
Design Variations: 4
Sizes: 2 to 8, 10 to 16, 18 to 24
Illustrations: Yes
Instructions: Yes

Riva — Linen Shirts, Pants and Shorts Sewing Pattern (Premium Paper)

Customer Questions and Answers


I bought this pattern for my size at the time of purchase -- a size 8 -- but have since gained weight. according to the size chart, a size 12 would work best for me. do you have any suggestions for sizing up the pattern? I really don't want to have to spend another 45 dollars.

Danny • June 13, 2024
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We sure do, you may find this tutorial helpful which will walk you through grading up a couple of sizes: blog.fabrics-store.com/2015/06/01/how-to-grade-a-pattern-tutorial/

Lauren • June 13, 2024

Does this come on proper paper or tissue paper like most pattern companies use?

Alexa • April 5, 2024
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Our premium patterns come on thick paper.

Lauren • April 5, 2024

Hello, is there any chance you'll be selling this as a pdf pattern in the future? I live in the UK so having the paper pattern posted is unrealistic

Kate • March 19, 2024
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Hello, we do eventually hope to sell our premium patterns in .pdf format, for now they are only available printed.

Lauren • March 19, 2024
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Hello FS team I was wondering if you carry a pattern for a wide-leg pant with a flat front and elastic just at the back? Thanks

Darlene • March 8, 2024
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Hello, We have just the pattern in development! Please look out for our Scarlett pattern when it is being released.

Lauren • March 8, 2024

Based on your description of skill levels, I would be intermediate. Do you think this advanced pattern is doable at the intermediate level?

Barbara • January 11, 2024
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Hello, Great question! If you haven't used one of our premium pattern before, then you might not realise that our instructions are more thorough and detailed than other pattern companies, making our advanced patterns achievable for those with the willingness to learn new skills. Along with this, our premium patterns come with 1:1 sewing support via email or Zoom, so you can always get help if you need it. I would say the trickiest techniques in this pattern would be the long sleeve cuff and placket, as well as the fly zipper on the pants. Luckily, we already have supplemental photographed tutorials available on our Blog and Help center if you need them.

Lauren • January 11, 2024

Hi. I need help with the placket and cuff part of the long sleeve version.

Bhargavi • November 22, 2023
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We have a photographed tutorial on our Help Center which may help. Still stuck? email us directly and I can help out. Here is the link: support.fabrics-store.com/hc/en-us/articles/4408377650957-RIVA-How-to-Sew-the-Long-Sleeve-Cuff-Placket-

Lauren • November 22, 2023

I love this pattern and all the options- amazing details and styling - and have made at least one of each version. For fitting the trousers, do you have a recommendation for a 'flat seat adjustment' on the tutorials? Having that available would make my tailoring and wardrobe even more wonderful.

Jessica • September 19, 2023
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Hello and thank you! We're glad you love our patterns. We don't have a particular flat seat adjustment we recommend as all bodies are different and all adjustments will require individual tweaking. A quick google will turn up a few flat seat adjustment tutorials, we recommend you find one that seems to work for you and give it a try!

Lauren • September 19, 2023

Is this a paper pattern or PDF?

Eugenia • September 14, 2023
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This is a paper pattern.

Lauren • September 14, 2023

I want to purchase this pattern but don't know if I should because I am generally a smaller size in every measurment except the waist and I often grade up. this means I would need size 2-8 in the hips and bust but a 10 or over in the waist. Honestly I can't see spending double but the waistband is not a simple shape and I would be worried to try to grade it without a guide line. Is it possible to have a 6-12 size range printed? Or am I out of luck?

Leslie • August 10, 2023
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Hello, We recommend sending your measurements to our In-house seamstress who can review them and make size recommendations for you. We do this with the goal to have you only purchase one size range, and provide any instructions for small alterations for fitting. Please use the contact us form or email askfabrics-store.com

Lauren • August 10, 2023

I am working on my mock-up of the Riva shirt. For this fitting garment I am making the short sleeve shirt from some ages old very lightweight fabric. I think it is rayon. Anyway, I am to the collar. So when I pin the right side of the under collar to the right side of the shirt, I am confused. When I stitch this step, will I be stitching only through the under collar and the shirt? (Leaving the interfaced upper collar free for now)? When and how do I attach the upper collar? Maybe I'm having a senior moment here because I don't see any of the comments indicating any difficulty. Thank you.

Deanna • August 8, 2023
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When you sew the collar to the shirt you will sew both layers of the collar. They raw edges will then be enclosed in the bias strip which is applied later in the instructions. For further help please email us directly, and our in-house seamstress can help 1:1.

Lauren • August 8, 2023

Buenas tardes, el patrón de Riva está disponible para comprar el pdf o solo se envía en papel? Vivo en España y prefiero comprar patrones en pdf por que es mas rapido y sencillo, gracias

Belen • June 20, 2023
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Hello, Our premium patterns are only available in the paper format at this time. Thats for your interest in .pdf formats.

Lauren • June 20, 2023

This pattern is available in spain?

Belen • June 19, 2023
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Yes, we ship to Spain.

Lauren • June 19, 2023
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I cannot locate my instruction booklet for the Riva pattern. Is there a pdf I could download? I purchased the pattern March 31,2023. ~Kathy

Kathy • June 11, 2023
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Please send our customer service team an email and they can help out. email ask[at]fabrics-store.com or use our contact link at the bottom of the web page.

Lauren • June 11, 2023

I am a shape that the measurements are from three different sizes. I used to really like the multi-size patterns so that I could 'blend' them painlessly for adjustments. Would you consider printing multi-size patterns?

Kathleen • May 21, 2023
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Hello, This pattern is printed in three size groups, with 4 sizes included in each pattern. If you would like some extra assistance grading between these size, or sizes outside of your 4 provided sizes, please feel free to email us directly so we can put you in touch with our in-house seamstress.

Lauren • May 21, 2023

Do you offer in pdf form?

Nelly • January 7, 2023
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Hello, Our Premium Patterns are only available in hard copy format at this time.

Lauren • January 7, 2023
Jane profile image

I really would love to see a "flat front" trouser pattern. I altered this pleated pants pattern. It was a bit complicated!!

Jane • December 6, 2022
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Hello, Our Sol pattern features a pair of trousers without the pleats :)

Lauren • December 6, 2022

Hi I am looking for linen that is soft and somewhat opaque for shift dresses. Please suggest weight and finish styles for me.

Sheri • November 18, 2022
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Hello, Please look out for an email from us.

Lauren • November 18, 2022

Is this a one or two piece collar with stand?

Jenny • November 17, 2022
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Hello, The Riva pattern features a one piece collar (no stand).

Lauren • November 17, 2022

Why is there such a huge jump in size between the 16 and 18? I was very interested in buying this pattern, but going by your measurements, the 16 would be a smidge too tight. However, the 18 would be much too large. Why is the sizing so odd?

Elizabeth • November 17, 2022
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Hello, The size guide on this pattern has a large jump from the 2-16 from the 18-24 as they are drafted for two different size groups, traditionally know as 'misses' and 'plus'. If you would like some assistance finding the best size for you, please feel free to contact us directly with your body measurements and our in-house patterns consultant can help out. Please note our newly released patterns in 2023 won't have as much of a gap between sizes.

Lauren • November 17, 2022

Do you provide a pdf version for overseas customers?

Leslie • November 6, 2022
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Hello, Our premium patterns are only available in hard copy at this time. We do ship to most countries, but if you're unsure if we ship to you, please contact us.

Lauren • November 6, 2022

Is it possible to make this pant pattern w/ a flat front (not pleated)? Thank you, Druska

Druska • September 3, 2022
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The pleats form the waist shaping for this design, if you'd like to remove them, you may like to consider replacing them with darts if you are familiar with pattern alterations.

Lauren • September 3, 2022

The riva pants in size 12. How much material do i order?

Michaela • August 25, 2022
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Hello, the yardages for each size and variations are included in the size chart. To view the size chart, click the link above the add to cart button.

Lauren • August 25, 2022

Usually patterns come with fabric but it seems that this dies not apply in this case. Is this true?

Diane • August 23, 2022
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Hello, No our patterns do not come with fabric. If you'd like fabric recommendations and yardage for your size, please let us know and we would be happy to recommend our 100% linen fabrics.

Lauren • August 23, 2022

What weight linen do you suggest for a wide leg pant with a drawstring waist. Would I use light weight for a shirt ?

Marguerite • August 9, 2022
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We love our medium weight and heavyweight linens for pants. If you are new to working with our linen we recommend our IL019 Medium weight. You can use the very same medium weight fabrics for shirts too, or our IL020 lightweight linen is a great alternative!

Lauren • August 9, 2022
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Thrilled with the Riva pants and shorts.

I had never made a tailored pant before (nor had I installed a zipper in a pant), but I knew that I was in good hands with the Fabri-Store patterns based on previous pattern purchases. The instructions and online tutorials are fabulous. The high quality of the paper pattern makes it simple to trace the pieces to adjust and blend sizes when needed. I am absolutely thrilled with the style, fit and comfort; classic Katharine Hepburn style. I recommend using the size guide based on body measurements, not the finished garment for best fit. Lastly, I recommend the heavy weight linen for the shorts and pants.

Dana • March 23, 2024
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Matching button-down shirt and shorts sets have been dominating my inspo files since early spring, but I had yet to make one because I just couldn't pin down the perfect patterns to create the *exact* look I was dreaming of. Cue the Riva Pattern Collection. It's comprised of a button-down shirt with either long sleeve or short sleeve options, and trousers with a shorts option. Classic tailored elements such as pleating, sleeve plackets, and double welt pockets really elevate these classic wardrobe staples, so I was excited to dive right into the process of sewing these up.

Elise • October 5, 2022
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Love my Riva linen shirts!

Riva shirt was my first FS pattern purchase as I was drawn to the style of the back pleat. I have made 3 shirts from this pattern out of FS linen so far. The royal purple signature finish is my favorite. I love some things about this pattern and some things not so crazy about. First off, I love the paper weight of the pattern! So much better than tissue. I wish the ink was colorfast as I pressed some of the pieces with my iron and smeared the print. I know the tube was included but I fold my patterns flat for storage and put the smaller pieces in a plastic sheet protector. It sewed up fairly easy. I found that even with the instruction booklet, the sleeve placket instructions were not real clear. I emailed FS customer support and they told me about the help on line for the placket— it helped— and looks very professional. I was pleasantly surprised that the back pattern piece was full size. After my first shirt, I cut the back pattern piece on the fold-line and made one half a regular (pleat-less) back pattern (which I also made shorter), and now I have two versions for versatility! One with pleat and one without. I love how the collar attaches with a bias strip. That was new to me and I love it! So easy —and no neck facing in the way. What I have found out though, as I wear these shirts is that the weight of the back yoke and pleat tend to make the shirt slip to the back. The shorter pleat-less version helps, but it seems like the shoulder seam should be farther forward to the front? Not a deal breaker by any means. The sleeve is super easy to attach. By my third shirt, they were going together very quickly! I haven't made the pants yet. I will make the short sleeve version next. I miss pockets though, so I'm going to add pockets on the front or side seam next time. I wore one on the plane last week and it worked well as a jacket in the cool air. I love my linen shirts!

Debby • September 7, 2022
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The most beautifully made pattern I have ever seen

The RIVA linen pants are the perfect middle-ground between suit pants and jeans, while still being perfect for getting some boba or cold brew with friends after work. RIVA pants have all the delicate features of suit pants — double welts back pockets, side pockets, covered zipper, waist band. But the double pleats alongside the pockets release all the tension from a pair of formal suit pants into a generously flowing garment. I love the feeling of freedom and relaxation being in wide leg pants. The waistband is definitely the highlight of RIVA pants, the curve and small geometric shapes at the center back give a feel of focus and independence.

Binyue • September 7, 2022
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A style for the ages

I see the Riva as a sophisticated (if done in the right size) trouser that can be worn in a casual, professional, or glamorous fabric for the occasion. I have not as yet gotten to the stage of cutting and sewing a trouser but I saw the value of having a pattern that would serve me well. I thank your pattern creating team and of course the first trouser would be in linen when I get to it. I do have the 4C22 from a previous order

B. Y. • September 6, 2022
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I made the Riva Shorts and I was so pleased with the instructions! There are many tailoring details that really elevate this pattern. If you've been sewing indie patterns for a while, this will be a treat! I finished this project with higher confidence than when I started and the results were great. Problem? I made the wrong size. I really don't know what I was thinking when I chose the size. I have reordered this pattern set in the next size up because I love it so much.

Cherie • November 23, 2023

I think most of have been on the hunt for the perfect pleated trousers...or at least it seems that way when scrolling my Instagram feed. There is an abundance of patterns out there right now and the fact is, pants are just hard. I am not going to lie, I've bought 3-4 (maybe more!) high waisted, pleated pants patterns, a couple of wide, a couple straight leg but I haven't felt inspired to actually make them, ya know? There was always something I wasn't sure about – how wide the legs were, the direction of the pleats, the overall fit ratio, etc. Then enters the Riva Trouser.

Christina • September 14, 2023

The Riva Collection is worth the price- and that is not just me saying that because I am writing this. Not only is the quality of the instructions and pattern drafting top notch, but you also get more than your average indie pattern- from colored instruction booklets, to colored A0 pattern, AND the licence to use the pattern for profit if you so choose. The Shorts view, however, is chef's kiss. I cut out my preferred size based on the finished garment measurements (I always prefer less ease), and the entire process from cutting to sewing was seamless. (Like my bad pun?) The precision and thought behind each step, construction process, and finishes of the Riva really show the years of garment drafting and experience behind the pattern.

Caitlin • August 10, 2023

I'm a big fan of a pattern with multiple garment options included. I have made the Riva Top multiple times and with different length variations even a dress but today I pulled out the Riva Pattern yet again to make a second pant variation, the shorts! Just as I enjoyed the process of the pants when I made them in heavier 7.1oz Bleached Softened, I have enjoyed the shorts made in this beautiful 7.1 oz Juniper Softened! These feel like the perfect summer resort wear shorts to dress up or dress down your outfit and I'm not even going to a resort.

Alisha • June 28, 2023

Adding a classic fitted trouser to your wardrobe is always a good decision. These pants definitely have all the details of a classic garment worth adding to your collection. I did not have any white pants and I'm so pleased to have added the Riva Pants to my fashion options. I hope you enjoy the finished product as much as I do.

Alisha • November 18, 2022
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