+ Easy gathered girly top tutorial

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The first thing that popped into my mind after I finished sewing this top was….wow this is SO Spring-y and girly I love it. My husband’s was…that would look good with just panties (but I digress and tmi…sorry and not sorry). All I needed with this top was a warm sunny day, picnic blanket, lunch, my boys, a bike and trailer, and some flowers hanging from my bike basket. Instead I got a freezing cold and on/off rainy day, parked outside of a random building on a random street with my littlest napping in the car 5 feet away as I was peering in on him in between pictures to make sure he wasn’t waking up. When will spring really get?!  Oh and did I mention this top is PERFECT for pregnancy too?

pants: hm    top: self-made tutorial below   hat: oasap   lipstick:mood lipstick (I’m obsessed)

Extra needed supplies:

1.5″ fabric (non-stretchy/woven)

Instructions:

1. Cut out the piece in the shape below by laying down a non-stretch fabric onto the fabric (non-stretch/woven). Then cut the front piece -making sure you start out a few inches below the armpits to the top of your chest then tapering back down to a few inches below the armpit. The back will be cut out a few inches under your armpit, tapering down 4 to 6 inches then back to the other side a few inches under the armpit.

2. Sew the two pieces together, making sure the outside fabric sides are touching.

3. Cut out the bottom piece by making a rectangle, making it as long as  your chest measurement is around plus half your chest measurement (ex: 32″ bust + 16″ of your half bust = 48″ long) or double your chest measurement (32″ x2= 64″). The longer this length is the more gathered it will be.

4. Then split (just marking not cutting) in half and on the back half cut out a nice slopping U shape that will mimic the back piece (when gathered) of the top half you just cut in step 1. It is ok if you aren’t completely accurate. The hemming will fix any mess ups.

5. Gather the top of the piece to be the length of your top half’s bottom opening is around.

6. Pin and sew the top and bottom together, right sides together (outsides touching).

7. Make a facing and sew it to the neckline using this tutorial HERE.

8. Hem under 1/2″ to 1″. Iron!

girly gathered yoke top

 

 

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Comments

  1. Yay thank you so much for posting this adorable shirt tutorial! I cannot wait to make one. Seersucker is the cutest fabric. :)
    -Shana / blessingsandbubblegum.blogspot.com

  2. It’s nice to see the result of your DIY! Well done!
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

  3. I love tops like this. Unfortunately they are super unflattering on me. But I really adore yours. It looks just so…Cute.

    Fooniks
    http://needleforthoughts.blogspot.com/

  4. Pretty!! I have a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-girly-gathered-top/2014/04/04/
    –Anne

  5. this is so cute, where did you get the fabric? x

  6. despite the difficulties, the pics are great! and the top too! it is so spring perfect!

    Irene
    http://www.thedailylace.com

  7. Hélène says:

    So perfect! Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. I love love your top, its so pretty!!

    http://www.verasawicki.com

  9. LOL!!!! It’s my first visit here via Project Sewn…a big congrats to you on that…and you’ve got me laughing out loud. Could this be a naughty sewing blog, hahaha. I know, assuredly not! You’re too cute and sweet looking! Looking forward to seeing your makes.

  10. verry cool

  11. can anyone tell me if poly cotton would work for this? x

  12. This top is so neat and cute. I love it. Think I’ll try making one for myself. Like how you styled it

  13. Sarah L says:

    Thank you for this. I am new to the site. How do I know how big to make the top halves? Do I literally print your picture and scale up and cut out? Thanks for your reply

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  1. […] Liz from Cotton & Curls shares a tutorial showing how you can  make her Girly Gathered Top.  It’s fitted through the shoulders, with gathers just above the bust.  It’s easy to make, with no set in sleeves and no back closure required.  You can make it from a knit or from a woven fabric.  She shows it as a women’s top, but the style would also be pretty in girl sizes.  Go to Cotton & Curls for the how-to. […]

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