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Girls Off the Shoulder Top Sewing Pattern Instructions
- fabric (up to a yard)
- 1/2 inch elastic
- binder clip or wonder clips
- basic sewing supplies
Products used and Recommended:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other fabrics: Fabric.com.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- 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 off with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
- 3/8 inch seam allowance
- Light, flowy fabrics recommended (rayon, knits, voile, polyester/silk type fabrics) I used a sturdy stretch knit from girl charlee, though this print is no longer available
- Top is designed to hit at the hip. To shorten or lengthen, cut pattern at waist level and redraw side seam.
Step 1. Print pattern, tape together and cut out size needed.
Step 2. Cut pattern pieces from fabric
Fold fabric in half and cut two sleeves and a front and back bodice piece and a strip for the halter tie
Halter tie measurements: 42 inches by 1.25 inches
Step 3. Measure for elastic.
Measure around your chest, just under armpits. Multiply the chest measurement by .9 and add 1 inch to that number.
This is the length of elastic needed for the top of bodice. Cut one piece of elastic to that measurement and then cut the elastic into two equal pieces. (You are cutting the elastic into two pieces because we apply it to the front and back separately.)
Measure loosely around the top of the bicep.
This number is your arm elastic measurement. Cut two pieces of elastic to your measurement (one for each sleeve.)
Step 4. Hem the Sleeves.
Hem the bottom of the sleeves, by folding over 1/4 inch, pressing with the iron, folding over another 1/4th inch, press again and stitch.
Step 5. Adding elastic to sleeves.
If working with fabric that frays, you will need to “finish” the top edge of the sleeve. You can finish the edge with a serger, zig zag stitch or fold the edge over 1/4 inch and press with iron. (If your fabric has difficulty holding a pressed edge, using fabric starch will help.)
Divide inner/top side of the sleeve into four equal sections, mark the sections with fabric marker or pins.
Divide sleeve elastic into four equal sections and mark them. Pin the elastic and top edge of the sleeve together at the marks.
Stitch the elastic to the sleeve with a long wide zig-zag stitch, stretching as you go.
Change the machine stitch to a long straight stitch. Fold elastic edge over and carefully sew along the edge of the elastic, stretching the elastic as you go. (You will be sewing through the elastic.)
(Note: I forgot to hem the sleeve before adding the elastic, I quickly realized it would have been easier to hem first, so don’t forget!)
Step 6: Adding elastic to front and back bodice.
Follow the exact same steps as above for the front and back bodice piece. (Finish the top edge, divide elastic and fabric in fourths, attach elastic with zig zag, fold elastic over and sew elastic down with a long straight stitch.)
Step 7: Assembling bodice and sleeves.
Line up sides of bodice top and bottom, right sides together.
Fold sleeve in half wrong sides together.
Insert sleeve in between bodice top and bottom.
We want to baste a sleeve edge to the front bodice and the other sleeve edge to the back bodice.
Pin sleeve and bodice together and sew a basting stitch through the elastic, down to the bottom of the sleeve, 1/4 inch from the edge.
Use a binder clip or a wonder clip to hold all four layers in place. Sew bodice together at sides, from top to bottom with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Go slowly through the elastic to keep layers from shifting.
Trim any ragged edges
Finish the side seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine.
Repeat for opposite side.
Step 8. Hem the bodice.
Hem the bottom of the bodice by folding over 1/4 inch, pressing with iron, folding over another 1/4th inch, press again and stitch.
Step 9. Add Trim if desired.
Step 10: Add halter tie.
Fold halter as shown:
Sew a straight stitch down the open side of the Halter tie.
Tie a knot in both ends:
Stitch tie to top center edge of top:
You are done! Time to show off your work.
Don’t forget, if you end up sewing one of these tops, please come back and share a photo of your finished projet on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram (@scatteredmom) with #scatteredmompatterns!