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Topic: Drapey (but flatering) Green Tube Top!!! Improved tute, q/a, and tips...!  (Read 88972 times)
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« on: July 08, 2005 06:51:32 PM »

So here's my lovely tube top. I've titled each section of this so you can read and skip as you like because its getting kind of long.


I love it! It was extremely simple to make and I might attpemt a little paint tute later on if anyone actually wants one. Theres a little earring/brooch pinned in the middle for a little accent. And I'm thinking about wearing it on a date........ Comments???

Okay so here's the tutorial -- you will kill yourself its so easy!!! A great first project. I love it I'm looking for more fabric to make a few more and add some straps so I can wear it to school!!! YAY!!!!!!! Anyways I hope this is a good Tute I've never posted any projects or tutes before, but anyways let me know if you have any more questions....


1) What you do is just place the middle part on the middle of your back, (I folded the top in just a little so its not a raw edge hanging out)

2) Pull the top edge around so that the two X's meet just above your bust

3) Pull until its tight enough to stay up but not like too tight (if you're having problems with a flimsy fabric I would suggest Adding elastic around the top when you are all finished like a thin elastic and zig zag it in - I didn't because the fabric worked, you shouldn't have to...)

4) Okay so then all you do is sew from where the two X's meet DOWN THE BOLD LINES (as far as desired, mine drapes enough so that my tummy doesn't show if you're worried about your tummy peeking sew the whole edge, I didn't)

5) Slip it on......... You're done......... One seam, thats it, YAY!!! and I think that the brooch really looks really good on the top, if you had a busy print or something you may decide against it, but I really like it......

Maybe this can help??
1. Cut a full fabric width (60") by desired lenght (20") rectangle
2. Wrap around your chest, overlapping fabric. Mark under your armpits (x)
3. Fold fabric in half (30"), right sides together. Cut the curve at bottom
4. With fabric folded, sew from selvages up to the x mark. the opening is the tube that holds over your breasts.
5. Final result will be a tube, with the middle of the fabric (fold in the diagram) in your back, the seam you made draping vertical over your chest

CrazyFool The brooch is just decoration, the weight of the fabric hanging in the front pulls the middle down slightly hence getting the rouching effect.

PuckrUpNkissMoi The back is completely flat and I was having issues uploading the picture it looks just like any normal tube or halter top

Mrssutton99 You sew along the edge where the Xs are. The beginning of the seam ends up being tight enough where it holds up the top part.

Pink Ballet Shoes I love Forever 21 and their wonderful tanks But I too have never wanted to spend that much So anyways The curve in the bottom makes the pointy part in the middle longer, eliminates some bulk, shows off your hips a little more, and makes the front flow a little better.

Crafty fiend It looks like a rectangle laid out with the top part of it sewn a little in the middle

Purple Heather The Xs meet up with each other and you sew outwards toward the open edge and NOT towards the fold, I have no idea how to measure it. I really did this on a whim and I just wrapped it around me and pulled it tight so that I knew it would stay up and those two points were in effect my new Xs Does that make sense??? Hope so

cataway - You can make a tube top using the "exaggerated seam allowance" method, but you will get a completely different drapey effect in the front - I've done that before too - But you have to sew a regular seam along the edge with the X's (so you are sewing paralell to the arrow that says "Must Stretch This Way") The only part of the top that is tight is the very top above the bust. The brooch is where the seam begins.

WHERE DO I SEW??? - This is a FAQ and so I'm answering it in general instead of individually - I've modified the tute to make it more clear and I added big BOLD lines on the picture that show the two edges that should be sewn together with a label that states that they should be sewn together. I hope this clears up the sewing issue! If not ........ Hmm.. Well I'll try something else.. Let me know.(the seam will hang vertically down the torso when worn)

miel - If you mean that your fabric is only 30 inches wide, just make two rectangles and sew them together, you need the 60 inches in order for it to drape, keep in mind that if the fabric is 30 inches folded in half it would work because the pattern that I show you on here is 60 inches layed flat

owalkerjillo - (I have no idea what the fabric is called it was dollar fabric from wal-mart) The fabric has to be stretchy and a little silky if you were to lay a square down and pick up the middle it must drape effortlessly, I tried to make a top like this out of a regular spandex and it did not work at all! But spandex is very stiff and cotton like so it didn't drape......

CraftinMyAssOff - PLEASE POST IT!!!!!!!!! Cheesy

catalabella - THATS GORGEOUS. I'm so glad you got it all figured out thankyour for the TUTE2 (now above)

miel - I love that fabric! Thankyou for posting your top!

-If you're going to add straps I'd use a more sturdy material instead of the stretchy material that you use for the rest of the top.
-Do not use a zig zag to sew the top, a straight stich will hold better in this case even with the stretchy fabric.
-owalkerjillo says "for more help on where to sew I just took a piece of random fabric and held it so that the middle was in the middle of my back and wrapped it around me. it made it so much easier to see where I needed to sew and what not." Thank you!
-do not use spandex the material MUST BE flowy and silky

You guys are great! Please post ALL finished products I would LOVE to see them!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2005 06:53:04 PM »

oh i love it! I would totally wear it out on your date. He'll be drooling the whole night Wink it's a very awesome top. A tute would be verry much appreciated Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2005 06:53:45 PM »

Pretty! I like the color! 
What kind of fabric is that? It looks stretchy over the bust part and nice and drapey everywhere else.

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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2005 06:56:51 PM »

That would be dollar Wal-Mart Fabric. I also made a skirt out of it and it tends to be very clingy but its cute... I might post that sometime. But anyways its a very stretchy fabric and its kind of slippery and silky so it flows very nicely for this shirt....

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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2005 07:01:26 PM »

it is very pretty. id like to see a tutorial for it!

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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2005 07:35:02 PM »

that is so cool! very very professionaaalllee
a tute would be awesome you know... Wink

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2005 07:41:15 PM »

wow beautiful! Shocked i've seen something like that somewhere... i forget(maybe babyphat.com). chica i'd wear that on a date, there'd be only one thing on his mind(usual for guys i guess). pleeeeeeeeeease... I WANNA TUTE!

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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2005 07:45:32 PM »

wow, that is beautiful.  It's whispy and fairyish... definately wear it on a date.  It's sexy but fun!

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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2005 08:08:43 PM »

that's adorable, you will rock your date's world Cheesy have a great time you looke loverly

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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2005 08:12:28 PM »

Ha, I have those exact same tan lines.

And that top is amazing. How do you get it to... um.. stay up?

Definitely do a tutorial.
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