This top was made using my Make Your Own Pattern Tutorial. I'm loving how it turned out and it was really easy too!
Once you get all the pieces cut out, it's just a matter of a few seams and some ironing work, before you have your own handmade, beautiful top.
I would recommend choosing a lightweight fabric for this project. Thin cotton, seersucker, knit, and really any kind of apparel fabric would be a great choice. I used Denyse Schmidt's Greenfield Hill Voile in cranberry, purchased here at Pink Chalk Fabrics. Voile is one of my favorite fabrics to work with and perfect for this project. It kind of feels like a blend of cotton and chiffon. It's also less apt to fray than some fabrics. There's no definitive back or front to voile, making it even easier to sew a garment like this with.
I used about 1 1/4 yard for this pattern and had a good amount left over for my scrap collection, yes! Always remember to prewash and iron your fabric before starting.
Using your self made pattern, trace all the pieces onto your fabric and cut out. Go ahead and cut the regular sleeve pattern. I'll show you how to modify it below.
Place your front and back piece right sides together and pin.
Sew a straight stitch everywhere shown below.
Iron all seams open.
Press the hem at the bottom. I like to purposefully leave my selvage at the bottom so that I can use it as a guide.
Hem the collar and armholes as well. This takes a little manipulating, and is probably the hardest part of the process. Don't worry about getting it perfect, you just need a guide before you take it to the sewing machine.
Another option would be to sew on a binding.
Sew in place.
Now for those cap sleeves. Pinch a section of fabric and bring it over to the center of the sleeve. Press.
Pinch a section from the opposite side and bring it over to meet the first pleat. Press.
Stitch just over the pleat to keep it in place.
This part I just eyeballed. I think a good marker is to cut so that the sleeve goes around half the circumference of the armhole.
Stitch the sleeve in place. The center of the pleat should meet the seam of the arm.
Bind, hem, or serge the edge of the sleeves. I skipped this step because, I was so antsy to wear my top. I will definitely do it before putting it in the wash though.
Add any embellishments you like. I added a little lace tape ( See instructions here).
That wasn't so bad right?!
I'm loving the retro feel.
Enjoy and have a lovely day!