Introduction: 4 Square Top Tutorial
The 4 Square Top tutorial includes instructions to make a top out of 4 squares of fabric.
~ Use 1/4” seam allowance for knit fabrics. If using a woven, add an additional 1/4” to the seam allowance.
~ Red stitching in illustration represents the instructed stitching for that particular instruction.
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Step 1: Measurements
The 4 Square Top is a loose fitting top. The 18” squares should fit most sizes, however, feel free to increase or decrease the square size according to your preference. An important measurement is the depth of the “V”. For my measurements, I determined the distance to be 7 1/2”. I then added the 1/4” seam allowance, which gave me a total distance of 8”. This is the number I use in Step 1 (see page 2). If you prefer a different measurement for the V, then use that number instead of 8” for step 1. If you decide to increase the V’s length by 2” or more, then cut out 19” squares rather than the suggested 18” squares.
Step 2: Materials
(4) 18” fabric squares - Knit fabrics work best, but woven fabrics with a lot of drape would work with this top too. Suggested fabrics are jersey, lace, or chiffon.
20” strip of shoulder strap material such as: ribbon, bias tape, or twill tape. 1/4” bias tape was used for cover pic.
Step 3: Cut Corners Off
Cut the corners off of all squares as illustrated. If you want the V to be a different length, then use that measurement in place of the 8”.
Step 4: Label Pieces
Discard the corner pieces. Finish raw edges if fabric unravels. Rotate pieces and mark pieces as Front Right, Front Left, Back Right, and Back Left as illustrated. Note the direction of the stripes if working with striped fabric.
Step 5: Back Neckline
To differentiate the back from the front, curve the back neckline by marking 1” down from center back. Next, draw a curved line from the center back mark to the top of the V. Cut on line.
Step 6: Sew Center Seams
With rightsides together, sew center seams of front and back pieces.
Step 7: Sew Side Seams
With rightsides together, sew front to back at side seams.
Step 8: Neckline
Fold neckline to wrongside and stitch. Note: Stitching is in black for better visibility.
Step 9: Shoulder Straps
Determine desired length of shoulder straps and cut. Sew straps to wrongside of top.
Step 10: Work It!
Turn rightside out and enjoy!
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