Here is the fabric that we were using for this project. The photo does not do it justice--it is very pretty with a nice sheen to it. There are only 2 pieces to this pattern so this is another easy and quick project.
I began this project by folding the fabric so that I would be cutting the front and back of the top at the same time. I simply traced my daughter's purchased top onto the new fabric. By tracing, I mean that I cut around the top as it was placed on the fabric.While cutting, I added about 3/4" to allow for seams. I also added about 1 1/2 " to the bottom just to give it a tiny bit more length.
After cutting out the front and back, I "eyeballed" the front neckline scoop and cut out a piece as shown above. Below are the two pieces, wrong sides placed together.
I pinned and stitched beginning with each side seam including the bottom of each sleeve. I stitched with a regular straight stitch and then zig-zagged the seams. My serger probably would have worked very well for this project.The next step was to stitch the top of the sleeve to the top of the neckline. I pressed all the seams neatly.
After turning the shirt right side out, I pinned the bias tape to the neckline, right sides facing each other, and stitched.
I then folded over the bias tape to the wrong side of the fabric, pinned and top-stitched in place. This made a very neat neckline.
Next, I ironed the entire top. Note below how the left side puckers prior to ironing and the right side does not. I used a very low heat setting on my iron so I would not melt the fabric.
Here is the completed top. Total time 2hrs, total cost $4 maybe..... I still have most of the fabric left for another project.
"And I will make thee beds of roses and a thousand fragrant posies".....
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