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1  Corset Inspired Ballet Top *-Now with tutorial!-* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mactabilisdemens on: July 14, 2005 04:04:23 PM
So I was originally planning on making this into a ballet dress, and by that I mean this top + tutu, but I haven't quite managed to go buy tulle. I decided that it should stay as is and just have a matching tutu, rather than a connected one. Which do you think would be better? It's made of of costume satin and the pink is actually a bit lighter in real life, and the best part- There's a built in shelf/tshirt bra!! woo!

And as you can see, it's being proudly displayed on my new duct tape/ paper mache dress form! Any comments and suggestion would be helpful, seeing as how it's my first time sewing non-strechy/tshirt material and it was really hard. Oh, how I feel a great appreciation for my trusty seam ripper...

Okay, and now for tute that probably isn't going to be very clear (sorry for not having real pictures, I only wanted one top!):

Figure 1: These are the main pieces for the body of the shirt. It's pretty simple, sew them together as shown by the dashed lines. Sorry if the text on the pic isn't readable, I'm going to explain anyway.
Figure 2: Make loops for the ribbon to be laced through by taking macthing fabric double width and length. Sew it width wise so the edges are on one side. Fold it lengthwise so that the sewn edges are doubled on one another. Sew the left edge as shown in the diagram. Make sure it is an actual loop, if not, something went wrong. With 4 on each side, sew them to the matching fabric on the back.
Figure 3: These are diamond darts. They seem complicated and I'm afriad of darts in general, but this was simple. just fold the fabric where you want the dart (over nipple in this case) and sew an elongated < shape on the inside of the fabric. It should look like half a diamond. Do this where the other dart should be placed (other nipple). On the outside of the fabric there should just be a line when it's being worn.This is kind of a guessing game. I did about 6 darts before I got the right porportion for my body shape. Just use a loose seam at first so you can take it out if it doesn't work for you.
Figure 4: This will become the lacing. I had to do in it three parts since my fabric wasn't very long. The first piece is the part that goes from the shirt and stops at the shoulder. Obviously have two of these. I like the shape larger at the shirt and smaller at the shoulder, it looks better then a simple rectangle. Then get as long of a piece of fabric as you can and finish the edges. Sew this to the top of the straps. The third piece is if your lacing is short. Make it taper out at the end and sew that on to the long lacing. This will make a very big bow.

Be sure to finish all seams (I don't have a surger so I just used a zigzag stich) and also make the darts especially strong. Jsut go over them two or three times if you aren't sure. I did double seams on my top so it looks nice with contrasting thread. And that's it! Any questions I can try to answer or make more clear.  Smiley

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