Yeah, so one day I was at work, re-hanging all the clothes that all the messy customers leave in the dressing room, when I came across a shirt that was adorable! I hadn't even known we were carrying that particular design -- and then I realized I was holding the shirt backwards, and I didn't like the front nearly as much as the back. So this shirt had been brewing in my mind for awhile... a sick day gave me the time to actually do it!http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/shirt.jpghttp://members.aol.com/ellseybell/shirt1.jpg
I may add some embroidered ribbon to the neckline later, but for now I'm happy with it.
Okay, here's the tutorial... I know some of my instructions probably seem like I'm writing for idiots, but I get easily confused so I thought I'd write for the flub-prone people like myself.Step 1.
Measure the fullest part of your bust, and then measure from where you want the top of the shirt to be down to under your boobs. 1/2 of the first measurement plus an inch is the width of the first piece, and second measurement is it's height. You need 2 of these pieces.
Measure (around) under your bust. Divide by 2, add an inch, and that's the width for piece #2. Make it approx. 2 inches in height. You need 2 of these pieces.
Measure your waist and add an inch or two. If you're like me, you'll want the height of this bottom piece to be about 15 inches. You need 1 of these pieces.
You can cut the straps out now, or wait till later to make sure they're the right length. Mine were originally 15 inches long but that was too much. I liked the width at 3 inches. You'll need 2 of these pieces.http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step1.jpgStep 2.
Sew up the sides of the first piece, and then slip it on. Under each boob, gather up the excess fabric so it forms a triangle piece of reject fabric. Now pin so the bodice fits the way you like it, and then sew along those lines.http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step2.jpgStep 3.
Next lay the top piece right side out on the table, and match the second set of pieces more or less to the hem (it might be a little jagged now with the new darts), right sides facing in. Sew, baby, sew!http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step3.jpgStep 4.
Turn the whole thing inside out, and sew the edges of the second set together.http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step4.jpgStep 5.
Pin the bottom piece, right side facing in, to the edge of the bodice. Sew that, and then up the side.http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step5.jpgStep 6.
Now fold over the bottom twice and hem (since the bottoms of shirts tend to flip up now and then, it looks a whole lot nicer not to see unfinished fabric).http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step6.jpgStep 7.
If you haven't yet cut out your straps, now is the time to do so! Hem the long sides of them.http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step7.jpgStep 8.
Now try on the finished part of the shirt and pin the straps in place where you want them. Fold the top of the bodice over so you can hem it and attach the straps all at once. You may want to go over the straps again just to make sure they're attached really well.http://members.aol.com/ellseybell/step8.jpg