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Topic: Fluorescent polka dot strap top type thingy er yeah. . .tute on P2,Pic obese  (Read 4921 times)
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« on: April 23, 2006 01:33:38 AM »

Weell been lurking here for well over a month now gathering ideas Wink but this top came to be from browsing a topshop website and thinking 25 for that? Psshh no way! Soo I bought some fabric, made a mini pattern and got to work. I think it's pretty good for a first from scratch own pattern thingy seeing as I've only used my machine about 4 times since I got it 2 years ago *hangs head in shame*
Oh and this is actually my first wearable project sooo therefore its my first post Smiley
Front view

Side View

Close up of band and darts

Its made from 100% cotton and has ribbon straps that can't really be seen (not the 2 thin straps)
edit: If enough people want one (or even reply Tongue) then I'll be happy to post a tute
« Last Edit: April 30, 2006 11:32:29 AM by Debs_5 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2006 02:13:20 AM »

thats ace! fancy posting a tute? does it have a zipper in back?

« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2006 01:45:08 PM »

Nope there's no zipper, it goes on and off over my head fine, I tried to avoid a zipper at almost any cost! And yeah I may post a tute around next weekend if I get the chance, it was pretty simple to make though Wink.
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2006 03:24:23 AM »

gorgeous top!!! love it to pieces!

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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2006 04:10:07 AM »

I love your top, and also your avatar thing. YAYAYAY RENT! AND POLKA DOTS!

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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2006 08:32:47 AM »

It turned out great. Is the fabric stretchy? I just wondered since you put in a dart. I think it turned out great. Go sewing!

« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2006 08:41:34 AM »

Nope the fabrics not stretchy at all really. But to make it baggier I made the tube of the top 2 inches wider so I had to do darts to make it fit the top band properly.
and yep poto_fan RENT Cheesy my latest obsession, shame the film didn't do much over here.
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2006 11:19:26 AM »

Well done, and I'm sure it's much better quality than the topshop one! Ah, I love ribbon.
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2006 11:24:51 AM »

this is so pretty. i love the fabric. I would love to see a tutorial on this

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Wists: http://www.wists.com/pink_dinosaur
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2006 11:33:42 AM »

That's really good - I can't believe you just made the pattern up and you've hardley ever sewed before! YOu must be a natural  Wink

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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2006 03:05:46 PM »

how cute! you must be very creative to come up with your own pattern. i wish i had that talent.

i'm ready to jump back into craftster, i'm up for any angeling, so let me know!!
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2006 11:30:27 AM »

I had some free time this weekend so I made a tutorial incase anybody wanted/wants one, please excuse my paint skills! I hope it gives enough information, feel free to ask questions:

The grey is the wrong side of the fabric, the pinky/purple is the right.

1) Cut out each of the pieces above, the measurements should be as shown.
My measurements were
30" for under the arms
32" for the chest then 3.24" for the length, the top band should be cut so the centre of the bottom measurement is at the centre of the top, this is what makes it fitted and creates the diagonals.
34" for the main tube width (if you want a baggier top make this larger than your hips)
12" for the length

2)Mark the centre of each piece of fabric (shown in green) then mark on the top band where you want the darts to be (I put mine over my chest-as you can see in the pic on the first page)these are shown in blue.

3) Line up both pieces at the centre mark and pin in place. The line up each piece at the edges and pin each corner.
Smooth the excess fabric towards the dart marks on the top band and then pinch the excess in line with the dart marks. Mark two points for each dart (shown in red) at equal distances on either side from the dart marks (shown in blue).

4) Fold the fabric straight down the original dart mark (blue) and then pin where the mark you made in the last step is (shown in yellow here). Make sure you have both sides of the fabric pinned together. Do this for both darts.

5) Re-align the pieces using the centre mark (green) and the darts/dart marks (yellow and blue).
Pick up the pieces right side together -making sure they are still aligned correctly- and pin together then sew along the pink line to join both pieces together.
When both pieces are sewn together, hem the top and bottom of the top.

6) With right sides together, pin down the pink line shown in the picture then sew it.
Make sure you sew the diagonal for the top band!

7) Try the top on then mark where you want the straps to go (I usen an old tank top to place where they should go)

8 ) When you've marked where your straps should go, fold the ribbon in half and place the halfway mark on your shoulder with one half of the ribbon at the front and the other at the back. Pin the ribbon in the right place at the front for each strap then turn the top around.
When you've turned the top around (so you're wearing it back to front). Pull the ribbon snugly over your shoulder-not too snugly,you need to be able to get it on and off!- and pin the ribbon in the right places at the back.
Sew each strap on in both places, then either cut off the excess ribbon or, like I did, leave it so it hangs at the front and back.

Well that seemed alot of writing, I hope its easy enough to understand! I was going to make a picture tut but I didn't have enough fabric left over to make another. Oh and I only used 2 fat quarters of fabric (1/2 a yard) to make the top so it was fairly cheap! Grin
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2006 12:18:43 PM »

ooh it's just like something i made last year cept i made a matching skirt aswel looks quite gd.. also my first wearable crafty item Smiley  were u inspired by karen walker aswel>? she's got some old items that are realllly sweet like that
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2006 11:49:50 PM »

thanks for the tut. im going to have to try this sometime

Swap info: http://pinkdinosaur.blogspot.com/
Wists: http://www.wists.com/pink_dinosaur
We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box
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