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Topic: Two new shirts - super easy :) (now with tute)  (Read 14292 times)
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« on: June 29, 2006 07:32:29 PM »

I loev empire waistlines - I don't know how many times I can say that!! They hide the tummy pretty well...and this summer I'm all about halters and tubes...so please feast your eyes on these two pretty new backless halters that I constructed last night:

The first one was the easiest, a square and some pretty pink ribbons... The one under the bust continues around the back and closes at the side with a hook and eye.

The second one took a little more construction, but was well worth it. I love the white dots on the black that make up a pretty geometric pattern!

Any comments appreciated, and thanks for looking!

Tutorial for second backless shirt:

First, you need to start with a few measurements
~underbust (around entire ribcage)
~underbust (front area only)
~from underbust to where you want the shirt to sit
~over the fullest part of the bust (I measured mine from where I wanted to neck strap to start to the area under my bust)
~bust width (I don't know technical terms here)

Cut the following pieces out:

~To get the proper sizing, I used the measurement from over my bust on the two cups (plus seam allowance) and used the 90 degree angle from the fabric ege (Gave me lots of fullness - I'm sure you could modify the amount of material used for smaller-chested people)
~The waist-band was cut to the full underbust length (plus seam allowances) and about 4 inches wide.
~The neck strap was the same, just shorter (I cut mine long, and trimmed it down afterwards)
~The bodice front piece was the shorter underbust measurement by the desired length (plus seam allowances)

Easy sewing:
~Start by sewing (wrong sides out) the waist band and neck strap length-wise.
~Turn right side out, and press.
~Turn in the bottom edge of the bodice front piece, as well as the two side edges.
~Press flat.
~Turn in the outside edges of the bust cups, leaving room at the top for the neck strap.
~Press flat.
~Gather the rounded end together until it is will fit snugly under your breast.
~Pin bodice front onto waistband and sew together (right sides together). (I used some basic side release buckleshttp://www.seattlefabrics.com/images/siderelease.jpg with a side attachement, rather than at the back)
~Press flat.
~Find center of bodice front and place cups accordingly. Pin.
~Attach neck strap.
~Attach any closures that you wish to use. (I used some basic side release buckleshttp://www.seattlefabrics.com/images/siderelease.jpg with a side attachement, rather than at the back for the bodice and again at the side of the neck for the neck, rather than a tie)

Finishing the edges, and putting the straps together:

Sewing the waistband to the bodice, and gathering the cups:

Sewing cups to bodice/waistband and adding neck-strap:

I hope this helps a bit! This is the first tute I've written, so if anyone has any way to simplify this, please tell me and I'll change things to make them easier to understand Smiley
« Last Edit: July 04, 2006 02:59:53 PM by jezebel_1982 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2006 08:36:53 PM »

woot woot, those are super hot! be careful not to cause any traffic accidents.... Wink

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2006 06:12:24 AM »

I love the second one, very stylish! I love that the front isnt too revealing, I can NEVER wear a strappy top without it being too revealing (because of my large bust that cant be contained!!). Did you use a pattern for this one or did you make it uo yourself?If you did I would LOVE a tutorial!
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2006 09:00:37 AM »

Sew Cute!!I love the first!Also is your back branded?Its lovley.

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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2006 06:56:16 PM »

Those are really great.  I am loving hot pink and black right now so I like the first one. 

« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2006 06:48:06 PM »

Whoa you look amazing- I love the first one
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2006 03:43:30 AM »

thansk all for the positive response. No, there was no pattern for either. After work sometime tonight (as long as I'm not dead to the world)

And the back isn't a branding - close though. Scarification by cutting and flesh removal.

I will make up a tutorial for the more complicated one.

The black and pink was a black rectangle of nearly see-through knit, gathered under the arms, pink satin ribbon sewn around neck, pink ribbon sewn around underbust area, side closure stolen from an old broken bra, and a bow made from the same ribbon and sewn on.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2006 07:52:36 PM »

this is just the best!!! I really want to try it as I always want to wear the back tie look but always need breast support  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2006 06:56:29 PM »

I love them!!!

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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2006 05:59:58 AM »

Very pretty!! I have the problem of getting enough boob coverage on the sides, near my armpits, so you can be sure I'll be trying out your instructions!!
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