top: self-made shoes: steve madden pants: oasap (I took in these floral pants – tutorial coming tomorrow)
Super easy top to make and comfy to wear. All you need is to measure and cut out 3 rectangles, then sew them up and together and you are left with a top that can be worn casually or dressy. Whether you tuck it into a skirt or leave it hanging out with a pair of jeans.
Love when my boys crash the shoot! Ollie was getting fed up and Beck was chucking pears and dirt all over the place. At least I got a few pictures taken.
1 yard of thin stretchy knit material (Mine is from Joanns)
flexible measuring tape
1. Measure around 4″ to 5″ past your shoulder (wear your should seam usually sits) to get your new sleeve seam. This will be the width of your shirt. Measure how long you want the low part of the shirt to be in the back. Cut out 2 pieces (stretch running from right to left, i.e. the sleeve seams) with those measurements with seam allowances.
2. Cut out the sleeves by measuring from where your shoulder seams are going to hit to your desired length of sleeve. I wanted mine to my wrist because I want to wear this in the upcoming fall and winter. Make the width the length around your arm at whatever tightness you want. Test it by stretching it around your arm.
3. Sew up the sleeves into tubes. Try these on to make sure you like the fit.
4. Measure the width of the tubes at where it is going to be joined to the shirt. Use this measurement when you sew up the 2 big shirt pieces together at the side seams, leave out a space on both sides at the top that is the same measurement as the sleeve width. Sew up the shoulder seams to where you want the neckline to start.
5.Turn the shirt pieces inside out and the tube right side out and slide it into the shirt.
6. Pin and sew up the armholes.
7. Lay the top out so the side seams are touching, cut the bottom low in the front and long in the back. I keep trying it on to make sure that it is where I want it to hit and keep cutting till I like how it looks.
8. Cut out the neckline by lining up the sides seams and rounding out the front and back openings at the top of the shirt. I keep trying it on to make sure that it where I want it to hit and keep cutting till I like how it looks.
9. Hem the sleeve by folding the edge under a quarter inch, then again an inch and a half. Then I stretch the sleeve as I sew a long straight stitch.
10. Fold under once 3/4″ and sew a straight stitch.
11. Hem the neckline by slowly folding a 1/2″ under and sewing a straight stitch.