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Topic: Green swirly and Pixel tops (first post, lots of pictures) now with tute  (Read 43399 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2007 09:59:14 PM »

those are fantastic...they would be perfect for the hot summer in Phoenix! 
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2007 01:31:01 AM »

Thanks everyone!
I didn't use a pattern. I have tried to in the past but by the time I get them to fit right, I think it's actually easier to start from scratch. Same deal with the invisible zippers, I use them because I find them easier than the normal kind.

So this is what I did. I cut out two hourglass shapes, then cut one in half and put it back together with a zipper. For the green one I gathered about 5" by hand at the top and then sewed the zipper in VERY slowly right over all the gathers. For the front of other one, I gathered about 5" then sewed over the top a few times to hold it all in place. Then I sewed the two pieces together and hemmed it, and finally made straps and attached them.

I hope that makes sense. I could do a tute with pictures and all, I'll be making another top anyway because my sister wants me to make her one. I'll probably get around to it next week, so I can take pictures of how I did it then.
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2007 03:28:55 AM »

I love the style!! and the fabrics are great Smiley I'm a big fan of invisible zippers too, much better than regular Smiley and not as difficult as many think...
Good job! Those would definitely be welcome in my wardrobe SmileySmiley

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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2007 06:15:02 AM »

Wow! There's a zipper? I'm impressed.

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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2007 10:52:18 PM »

They look amazing on you!  Wear them with pride.  Cheesy Even you stating that they had an invisible zip...I still couldn't find it!  Amazing job...just amazing!  Now if I only looked half as good as you do in those tops! Wink

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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2007 11:25:35 PM »

i love the green top so  much and it looks great on you!
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2007 04:42:57 AM »

Okay I finally got around to a tutorial. I put the zipper in the side seam for this one, but I have tried to explain all three ways of putting the zipper in, I hope it is not too confusing.

First you need to measure around your bust (we'll call that A), your waist (B), and your hips (C). Divide these measurements by 4.
You'll also need to measure down from your neckline to your waist (D) and from your waist to your hips (E). Then fold the fabric into quarters and mark those measurements onto it.

Now, I can't really explain concisely how to put an invisible zipper in, usually there's instructions on the packet. Sew it slowly!

On this one I sewed some tiny brown buttons over the gathering. I didn't have any yellow thread and I had to use a yucky beige colour, which was fine inside the top, but on the stitching for the gathering it was really visible. Anyway I love buttons.
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« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2007 09:08:35 AM »

This is just awsome! I don't know if i'll ever look as good in it but I'm on my way to make one NOW! Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2007 09:20:56 AM »

These tops are both really cute!

« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2007 09:33:34 AM »

those are really beautiful, and so flattering on you. although it looks like you are a true hourglass, lucky you

i'm so glad i found this, i'm in the process of making a plain black (maybe strapless) fifties dress (having a craftster/cig break right now), but you've inspired me to put a gather in the centre bust. thank you for the tutorial.
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