- fabric (any kind, woven or knit is fine) (1X length of top if you're using wide fabric, 2X the length if you're using narrow fabric) and matching thread
-standard sewing kit (pins, scissors, thread, sewing machine, etc.)
-tracing/craft paper, pencil, ruler or measuring tape
First off, we're going to make a pattern, because I know you'll want to make more than one of these. This will be our base pattern, but there are so many variations you can make with this.
*Note, all of the measurements you see are for a small/medium size. If you want to make yours a size large add 1-1.5" to each of the measurements, XL, 2-2.5", etc. This is meant to be very flowy so don't get too hung up on exact measurements.
1) Start by drawing a box like the one below onto some tracing or craft paper:
|It's a rectangle, it just looks funny
because of the angle of my camera.
-measure 4" down on top left hand corner and make a mark,
-from the same corner, measure across 6" (15cm) (not shown on photo)
-attach these two marks with a curved line.
-measure 2" down from top right hand corner,
-connect with top of neckline.
-measure down 10" from top right hand corner and make a mark.
-measure down 1" from bottom left hand corner,
-extend line across and gently curve upward near bottom right hand corner.
|The edge of the paper
will be placed on the fold of your fabric
when you cut.
-Trace the same outline as the front, the only measurement that's different is the neckline.
-measure down 1" from top left hand corner and attach to shoulder point with a gentle curve, just as above.
|Left hand side is still edge of paper
and will be place on a fold.
Easy peasy, right?! Now let's put your top together!!
1) Go ahead and cut from any sort of fabric you have on hand. You can flip the back piece over if you have wide fabric.
2) With wrong sides together, stitch the shoulder seams.
|You can do a French seam
if you have really sheer fabric
4) Steam seam allowance down, extending all the way around the armhole opening stitch down.
5) Attach bias tape to neckline, fold under, and sew down with a top stitch. I also like to understitch as close to the seam as possible but this is optional. This extra step makes the fabric and tape lay even flatter. (If you decide to do this, do it prior to any top stitching.)
|I didn't have matching bias tape on hand so I had to
make due with seam tape.
Use bias tape if you have it~
TAH DAH!!!! Wasn't that easy?!?!
I have to tell you, I surprised myself with how pretty this turned out! I'm quite pleased with it.
You can add embellishments to jazz it up if you've used a plain fabric or I have some other fun variations in mind that I will try to share soon (once I stop travelling so much for work).
This top is so versatile and perfect for spring! Now, if it would only stop snowing I could pull out all my pretty spring tops!
Send some hot weather my way...PLEASE!
Have a crafty week everyone~
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