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Topic: New hippy baby doll top (with tutorial)  (Read 23970 times)
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« on: August 15, 2004 06:06:15 PM »

This one turned out perfect.

Sorry it took me so long to get a tutorial up. The top I made is a closed back bodice, so here is my tutorial for it. I used simple rectangle shape for the bodice.

1. The length of the bodice is the bust measurement, plus one inch, divided by two inches with a 3/4 seam allowance.The width should be the measurement from your underarm to right below your bust with 33/4 seam allownace. You will cut 4 pieces total (2 for main bodice and 2 for the lining).

2. Cut two strap pieces out 18 inches long and 3 inches wide.

3. sew strap pieces length wise and press.

4.  The straps on the front of the bodice should be about nine inches apart. Sew two bodice pieces right sides together (along one of the longs sides)  with straps sandwiched between the. Turn right side out and press.

5. Sew the other two bodice pieces together right sides together ( along one of the long sides) and press.

6. Stitch the sides of the bodice pieces (both lining and main part) right sides  together.

7. Try on the bodice and adjust the straps to fit in the back.

8. Top stitch over the straps in the back to attatch and reinforce.

Now you have a bodice top. For the bottom you can pretty much do anything. I made mine with strips.

1. Make the strips 2 inches wide with 3/4 seam allowance.

2. Sew all strips together and close it up to form a big tube. My tube was 5 inches bigger than the size of the bodice (since I am a bit bigger in my hips and stomach).

3. Sew a gathering stitch to the top of the tube and pull thread to gather fabric. This is to help it fit the bodice.

4. Pin right sides together (tube to bodice) careful not to sew the lining with it. Stitch together.

5. Fold 3/4 of the lining under and then whip stitch to cover the seam you just made.

6. Hem your shirt. Add ruffles or any decorations to the bottom and your all done!

Hope this is a good tutorial for you all.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2004 05:59:32 AM by sewstrange » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2004 07:17:14 PM »

that's so nice.  i saw something like that at a hippie-style store for lots of money.  good job.
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2004 08:54:55 PM »

it really looks like something form the 70's.  very nice!
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2004 09:01:31 PM »

hippie stores are always wwwwaaayyyy too expensive...i thought they didnt believe in money? anyway, love the cool hippie shirt. a shirt like that could never go out of style.  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2004 06:41:21 PM »

some really junky hippie stores are wonderful and cheap, but they're always in really odd places and don't last very long.  such is the nature of groovy, i suppose.
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2004 03:54:27 PM »

pretty top! i just started making apron tops and baby dolls after i bought "threads for heads" (a slight waste of money as it told me nothing new that hadnt already been written on hipforums). i love the colours. unfortunately, they dont do me any favours, but they sure are fun to make for other people. when i get my camera, i'll put a couple up. nice job!
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2004 03:42:23 PM »

That's cute, I like the colors!
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2004 10:54:47 PM »

Those tree huggers...... anyways, really cool top. I would so wear it.

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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2004 11:06:24 AM »

excellent work! i love the vertical stripe thing, i can never really get my "stripes" to be so even. (then again, i never really measure).
looks lovely!
what does the back look like? is it all the way around, or does it tie some how?

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2004 01:04:42 PM »

That shirt is SO cute! Would you mind posting a tutorial? Pretty please?  Grin

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