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Topic: Piratical corsetish floaty top from Pirates of the Caribbean Swap ***Tutorial***  (Read 4418 times)
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« on: May 28, 2007 03:35:06 PM »

Front, modelled by a delightful though rather pudgy pillow:

Back, same:

Click here to see gallery pictures, on a proper human being.

This is the first proper tute I've really made, so I'd love some feedback on it! I pretty much winged the pattern after I found the fabric.

Four Pattern Pieces:

A: Chest measurement + 5"
B: Distance from beneath bust to hips, or however long you want the top to be + 2"
C: Distance from collarbone to middle of back + 2" (about the length of your bra strap)
D: Distance from beneath bust to collarbone
E: Chest measurement divided by 4 + 4"

Cut one of piece 1, and two each of piece 2, piece 3 and piece 4 out of your fabric.
You will also need a fairly substantial amount of ribbon, and a piece of elastic 3" shorter than your chest measurement.


1. Fold both piece 2s in half lengthwise and sew along the edge, then turn right sides out. Hem raw ends.

2. Sew each piece 3 to a piece 4 on two edges, right sides together, with a piece two trapped in between. Turn the right way out, turn in the raw edges and hem.

3. Hem the bottom of piece 1, and turn over the top to make a hollow channel, about 1" wide.

4. Topstitch the two triangular pieces to the back of piece 1 with an overlap of about 4", just below the hollow channel.

5. Fold the garment in half, right sides together, and sew the edges up until just below the channel.

6. Thread the elastic through the channel, then sew the ends together so it forms a loop. Turn under the raw edges of the channel and hand-sew them together.
7. Sew the shoulder straps to the back of the shirt. The easiest way to do this is to try the top on inside out and pin them in the most comfortable place, then topstitch them there.
8. Cut 8 1" pieces of ribbon and cover the ends in clear nail varnish to prevent fraying. Fold each in half and sew to the back straps at regular intervals.

9. Thread ribbon through loops in a criss-cross pattern and tie in a bow (see photo).
10. Cut a short piece of ribbon, fold into thirds and gather the centre to make a bow. Where the two triangular pieces meet, sew the bow.

If you are larger of bust, you may wish to add darts. Or you could just use a proper busty pattern piece for that section.

You can use this tutorial for anything you like, modify it any way you see fit and sell things made from it. Just don't pretend you wrote it!
« Last Edit: May 28, 2007 03:43:18 PM by teraspawn » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2007 04:47:36 PM »

 :)Very cute!

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007 08:23:24 PM »

I love it! Thanx for the tut, I will be definately making this top.

« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2007 09:26:24 PM »

Great stuff and thanks for the tutorial.
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2007 12:10:00 AM »

Thanks for all the nice comments!

« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2007 02:49:48 AM »

Being the proud owner of this top I'd just like to say it fits really well

and after Teraspawn sent me this one in the Pirates of the Caribbean swap I'll very likely make another for when I don't feel like a pirate rampage.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2007 04:15:12 AM »

This really is an adorable top..... too bad I'm a bit too "blessed" to wear something that requires you not to wear a bra.... or should I say, a something that requires you to wear no bra that does not give you something in place of a bra to hoist the girls up!

It is very pretty, though, and definetly looks better on a person than a pillow.... unfortunately for pillows, they just aren't as sexy as a person, haha....

This does give me good ideas for some of my own projects, though... Great job!

« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2007 05:14:45 AM »

Thanks lilylola!

This really is an adorable top..... too bad I'm a bit too "blessed" to wear something that requires you not to wear a bra.... or should I say, a something that requires you to wear no bra that does not give you something in place of a bra to hoist the girls up!

I think if I were to wear something like this myself I'd have to wear one of those godawful stick-on bras to avoid some sort of unpleasant public indecency.

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