Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Easy Reversible Sun Top!
Some of you may remember this one! This was my guest post on UCreate last month. I've had a couple of emails asking where the tutorial went. Well, it didn't go anywhere as I hadn't posted it here yet. :) I've also seen a couple of dress versions of this in my inbox. This particular one is still one of my daughter's favorite tops. I think it can easily wear into fall too with some layering.
Today I am going to show you how you can create a cute little easy Reversible Sun Top for your little princess (in any size)! Quick to sew and like two tops in one! Also perfect for that little one that seems to spill things on themselves whenever you are out! I have three of those!
Use 1/4 inch seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
What you will need:
- Aprox 1/2 yard each of two different fabrics
- 1/2 inch elastic
- Sewing machine, thread, and all that stuff
When you are done cutting you will have 6 pieces.
2 shirt panels
4 Strap Pieces
To cut these you need to take a couple of measurements from your kiddo.
1. Measure all the way around your child's chest (We'll call this measurement A)
2. Measure mid chest, up over the shoulder to the same spot on the back- This is for the strap length.
(We'll call this measurement B) Be conservative on the measuring so the straps don't end up too long.
3. Measure mid chest down to where you want your top to end. (We'll call this measurement C)
Shirt Panels (cut 1 of each fabric)
Measurement A multiplied by 1.5 + 1 inch
For example my measurement A was 23 inches X 1.5 + 1 inch = 35.5 inches
Now take Measurement C and add 1/2 inch
For example my measurement C was 13 inches + 1/2 inch = 13.5 inches
I am going to cut two panels (one of each fabric) 35.5 inches by 13.5 inches
Straps (Cut 2 of each fabric for a total of 4)
Measurement B multiplied by 1.5 + 1/2 inch by 1.75 inches (all sizes)
For example my Measurement B was 10 inches X 1.5 + 1/2 inch = 15.5 inches .
I am going to cut 4 pieces (2 of each fabric) 15.5 inches by 1.75 inches
Topstitch in from either side 1/4 inch. This is going to be the casing for your elastic.
Topstitch along the top edge 1/2 inch in. Then in again a little more than 1/2 inch to create a casing for your elastic. The second line of sewing you do make sure you leave an opening of about an inch to insert your elastic. To create an even line of stitching I just place my elastic on top lined up to my first row of stitching to make sure I am going to have a wide enough casing. I am just using the elastic as a ruler, not sewing it!
Topstitch the bottom hem in about 1/8 inch. Your hem should be completely even on both sides and the topstitching should show through on the other side on the same spot. This will enclose the raw edge of the bottom of your top. You're done!
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