/ fabric (I used denim)
images and words by Ivania
You might have already seen this piece in the previous wearing post. I first made this top in a silky grey fabric (which you will defenitely also see around sometime). I loved it so much that I immediately made two more in a new white denim fabric that I had just sourced, the one you see right here plus another shorter version.
The reason why I probably have so much love for it is because of its many ways to wear: with the seam on the outside and a frayed hem on the top as seen on these pictures or a completely clean look with no visible seams (like this) and finally asymmetrically with the slit underneath your arm – not even mentioning the layering possibilities.
Okay, so here’s how I made it – I never had sewing classes or pattern training, so I come up with my own little tricks and ways of doing things – hope that these instructions make sense to you guys.
/ step 1
Take two measurements.
Measure your overbust with a measuring tape underneath your arms going all the way around. As the elastic is still going to be inserted, take about 6 cm off. This will be measurement A. The second measurement will be the length of your top, measure this from your armpit down. You can add a bit more to this and cut it to the perfect length once the top is finished and you have it on.
/ step 2
Multiply measurment A by 2, this is how long your strip of fabric should be. It is twice as long so that later on the seams will be invisible, it will be more riding and heavy, less see through and there will be twice as much fraying on the bottom. Cut the fabric. (My measurements were: 140cm x 40cm)
/ step 3
Fold the long strip of fabric in half and sew together. Fold it open and align the seam in the middle. Then sew it together on top, leave the bottom open for fraying.
/ step 4
Sew the elastic between the two sides. I folded the fabric diagonally before doing so as you can see on the images for an even cleaner look.
/ step 5
The top is almost finished now. Fold over the top, press it down with an iron and with needle and thread secure the rim with single stitches on four to six points around. If you only secure the rim to one layer of fabric, the outer layer will have no visible stitches at all and remain completely clean.