Tam at Sew Dang Cute Crafts recently showed us an adorable outfit she wore. I fell in love with her top and wanted one for myself. I already had this pattern, and thought it might be easily adjusted to look like Tam’s.
And I used fabric I already had on hand, so these tops were free (at this time)!
One of the things I love about Tam’s top is the length. My version started longer, but then it was too wide at the hips, and then I took it in too much and it no longer fit over my rear. So I folded the hem under and it worked.
I love how the sleeves turned out. They don’t cascade the way Tam’s do, but they ruffle really nicely. I think my fabric choice made a difference.
I used the pattern pieces for option B in the pattern, followed the directions and then did my own thing. For this version of the top, I used a larger size than would be recommended for me. I cut pattern pieces 1, 3 and 8 and added several extra inches to the length. Each top takes about 2 1/2 yards, and you’ll need elastic for the arm bands and neck.
The front and pack pieces.
The pattern for the sleeves would make it long sleeve, so I just cut it off at the line for the first trim (as indicated on the pattern piece).
Then I cut six strips of fabric, 3 inches wide, and long enough to run the length of the sleeves.
Did a rolled hem on both sides of the strips.
And sewed the strips to the sleeve. I started with the middle strip and lined the middle of it up with the middle of the sleeve, starting at the top of the sleeve.
As I sewed it on, I kept the strip centered on the presser foot, but curved the sleeve fabric back and forth so there was some wave to the strip and it wasn’t just sewn on straight.
Then I lined up the middle of the second strip about a quarter inch from the seam attaching the first strip to the sleeve (with that strip folded down the middle and folded away from the new strip being sewn on. Sew this one on the same way as the first. Add the third strip on the other side of the middle one.
Then you’ll have your three strips attached, kind of standing up because of how closely they are sewn together.
As the pattern instructs, sew the front and back of the shirt together at the side seams, then sew the sides of the sleeves together so the sleeves take their proper shape.
Sew in a casing for the elastic a the cuffs of the sleeves and run your elastic through. Then Continue following the pattern and attach the sleeves to the front and back of the shirt. I then ignored the rest of the pattern instructions and just sewed in a casing for the elastic in the neck band and ran the elastic through it and hemmed the waist band.
And the shirt was done! It really is simple to construct, the rolled hem on the strips was really the most time consuming aspect of making it!
I enjoyed making the top so much and since I had messed up the length, I wanted to try for another version that would mimic Tam’s top more with how it could be worn with a belt. So I did another variation—this time with all the fun being on the lower half. No ruffles on the sleeves, just extra layers of flutter strips around the waist.
I cut the same pattern pieces for the front, back and sleeves. This time, though, I took it from the wider sizing at the hips and the cut into the smaller, appropriate size for the upper half of the top. In hindsight, I would have just cut it entirely to the proper size.
I also cut 8 2” strips—4 for the front and 4 for the back. Then just did a rolled hem on all of them and the hem of the front and back of the top. Sewed the strips on just above each other (like how I made this shirt) and constructed the rest of the shirt the same as the first. The final product was too long, and then I accidentally shortened it too much (story of my life… over correcting), so while I love it, it still lacked the length I was hoping for.
For the third version of the shirt, I decided to just keep it plan without extra embellishments, and then have fun with accessories.
I cut this one following the correct pattern sizing for what should fit me, and constructed the shirt the same as the others (it went together so quickly!).
And then I had three different versions of the same shirt, all of which I love!
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