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Princess Peasant Top Instructions:
- Fabric (if you are using a 40 inch wide fabric, you would need up to 2 yards for the largest size and up to to 1 1/8 yard for a 60 inch wide fabric)
- 1/4 inch elastic
- Pattern (the pttern is based on my peasant dress pattern)
- Long sleeve t-shirt that fits for comparison
- Basic sewing supplies
Tutorial uses a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless otherwise specified.
Step 1: Getting the pattern pieces cut out.
Upper sleeve and bodice:
Print, cut out and assemble the bodice and long sleeve.
Cut about 1 inch off the bottom of the bodice pattern. Line the bodice pattern up on the fold of the fabric and cut a front and back.
Tip: If you prefer a slimmer fit, move the pattern over about an inch and cut a smaller bodice.
Decide how long you want the upper sleeve pattern. (I recommend it cover about half the upper arm.) Cut two upper sleeves on the fold. (Don’t forget to move it over if you want a slimmer fit.)
Lower sleeve “ruffle” and lower bodice “ruffle”:
To determine how long you want the sleeve ruffle, compare it to a t-shirt that already fits. (I used a 3/4 sleeve top.) Don’t forget to add an additional 3/4 inch for seam allowances to your measurement.
To get the width measurements needed for the sleeve ruffle, lay out the cut sleeve and measure the bottom edge. Multiply this measurement by 1.5.
Get the width needed by measuring the bottom edge of the bodice and multiplying by 1.75.
Step 2: Assembling the top.
Sew a gathering/basting stitch along the top of both the sleeve ruffles and both of the bodice bottom/ruffles.
Starting with the sleeve bottom/ruffle: pull on the bobbin thread of the of the gathering stitch and gather it up until it is the same width as the bottom of the sleeve.
Right sides together, line up the raw edges, pin and sew right along the gathering stitch. (If you are working with woven fabric, finish this seam with your favorite seam finishing method.)
Repeat this step for the 2nd sleeve and the front and back bodices. (If you are working with woven fabric, finish these seams with your favorite seam finishing method.)
Lind up the armscyes, right sides together and sew all 4 pieces together. (If you are working with woven fabric, finish these seam edges with your favorite seam finishing method.)
At this point, it will look kind of like this:
Line up the sides of the sleeves and bodice and sew right along the edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. (If you are working with woven fabric, finish this seam with your favorite seam finishing method.)
Repeat on the other side.
Hem the sleeves and bottom with a narrow 1/4 inch hem. (Fold 1/4 inch, press. Fold another 1/4 inch press, and sew.)
Create a casing around the neck by folding the neckline over 1/4 inch press, fold over another 1/2 inch press again and sew 1 scant 1/8 inch from the edge. leave a 1 inch opening and thread the elastic through the casing with a small saftey pin.
Sew the elastic together and close the casing.
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- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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