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Topic: butterfly top: with v-neck tutorial *lots of images*  (Read 155218 times)
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« on: March 12, 2005 09:20:16 AM »

What's a girl to do when she runs out of clothes on a thursday and there's still one whole day of work before the weekend? make a top, or course. or wash some, but where's the fun in that? so i did:

i found that gorgeous butterfly print fabric on a market stall, alongside the plain black, and it called to me. and because that top made me sooo happy yesterday, i decided that today i would tell the world (well, craftster) how to make one too, so you can all be as happy as i was.

the purple thing isn't part of the top, btw. it's another top i was wearing underneath, as the neckline is a bit too porntastic for work! well, for anywhere really. and i like to mix and match my layering. i guess you could just sew a little piece there if you wanted that look, though.

so, are you ready? great. we'll begin.

1. first you need a front. if you want to decorate, now's the time. do fun things to it, or just leave it plain. to cut the v-neck evenly, fold it down the centre, and cut both at once. easy. it should look a little like this. you can use a t-shirt that fits you well as a guide:

2. and now you need a back. that'll look a little like this:

3. right. now you need to sew the shoulders together, right sides together. where the blue line is, to make it easy.

then measure around the neckline. mine was 29". remember that measurement.

4. cut out a rectangle that's an inch shorter than your measurement (so mine is 28") long, and about an inch and a half wide. you can vary the inch and a half if you want a deeper or narrower binding. but all will become clearer later. like so:

5. fold the strip in half lengthways, so it's now really long and really narrow. making sure it's not twisted, sew across the ends at a 45 degree angle. i believe the technical term is mitre. but that's neither here nor there. the raw edges are at the bottom and to the right in my pic:

6. and when you open it out, it should look like this:

7. ok. retrieve your body pieces, and put the strip on top of the neckline, like this:

and stitch a couple of tiny anchoring stiches where the tiny blue blob is. it's not essential, but it makes it a whole lot easier. then you need to make a tiny snip from the point of the v on your shirt up to the anchoring stiches.

still with me? phew. great.

8. twist the strip around so the raw edge lines up with the raw edge of the neckline:

starting at the anchoring stitches, sew them together, about 1/4" from the raw edges. stretch the strip a little as you sew.

9. as you go all the way around, you should end up back at the stitches you started:

 joy! the hard part is over  Cheesy

10. turn the shirt the right way around, and it should look like this:

you can leave it like this if you want, it looks pretty cool.

11. or if you're really fancy, you can press the seams to the inside, and topstitch:

12. and remember, if you bollocks it up a bit, or even if you don't, a little bit of decoration goes a long way:

right, now put it on, take a pic, and pimp it about the internet:

« Last Edit: September 30, 2006 02:17:35 AM by kaffrin » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2005 09:29:06 AM »

Oooh, very cool.  I love how you created two completely different looks; the first very nice and professional, the other fun and cute, using the same technique.


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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2005 09:37:05 AM »

Wo! Very nice.  And you even took the time to make another one and make a tutorial!
They look very professional.

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2005 10:06:56 AM »

i must make one. asap.

because it's that amazingly awesome. for serious. hardcore wonderfulness.

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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2005 10:19:57 AM »

Nice tutorial! The way you handled the neckline makes it look so much more finished. I'm always looking for ideas for crafty work-friendly clothes, and this is a great one.

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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2005 10:22:57 AM »

thanks so much for the brilliant tutorial!

I'm definitely gonna give this one a go!
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2005 10:29:53 AM »

Wow great tutorial. I have a feeling this will be one of those epic tutorials to go down in Craftster history!!!!!
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2005 10:31:55 AM »

thanks so much for the brilliant tutorial!

you are welcome  Cheesy

i always avoided making v-necks even though they're my favourite neckline, because i thought there was some mystical, magical way to do them that would be much too hard for any mere mortal like me to do. but then i wanted a REALLY low v-neck top to wear funky camis under, and couldn't find a nice one anywhere, so i had a play around, and it's actually stupidly simple. hurrah!

you could also use the same idea for round necks, but instead of sewing the band to an angle, join the ends so it's one continous band.

and thank you everyone else. it's great when you show off something you're dead proud of, and other people like it too!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2005 10:34:15 AM »

i love it!
and such a great tutorial! thanks.

i also love v-necks, but have been too afraid to try them, but you made it seem so easy!

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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2005 11:08:44 AM »

Wow. That is one hot top. It looks like something you'd pay $35 bucks for at an American Eagle Outfitters store. I'd buy it, no snap. And the tutorial is wonderful. A 'good thing' for those of us helpless in the art of sewing.

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