Don't have a lot of cash? Or time? Get one of your boyfriend's or father's old shirts, make sure it's not one of his favorites (or do if it belongs to your ex-boyfriend or annoying brother) and make it into a nice top for summer. Only takes a hour or so. This tutorial is perfect for a beginner needing a challenge. Basic draping skills are explained as well as DIY bias tape. All you need is a body, a large roll of paper, measuring tape, scissors, pins, and of course, thread and a sewing machine! (Optional: dressform and cutting mat)
There are 35 steps, it's not very long, I just like taking a lot of pictures!
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Step 1: Getting your draping pattern ready
You need a large piece of paper, wider than your shoulders.
Step 2: Finding your center
In order to drape you need to find your center of the paper. Fold in half and mark.
Step 3: Ease!
In order to drape the paper you need to add some ease. Cut 4-5 tabs about one inch deep and wide starting at the center.
Step 4: Begin to drape!
Take the paper to your dressform (or body!) and pin. Mark where the neckline is. Doesn't have to be perfect but try to stay close to above the collarbone.
Step 5: Shoulders
Do the same for the shoulders, simply pin and mark.
Step 6: Cut
Fold your center again. Using your marks, cut.
Step 7: Finding your design
We're making a yoke for the blouse, the top piece. For this, we're giving a specific measurement to the top. Don't worry, it's easy. We're just marking halfway down the shoulder, for me, that's 3 inches. Mark it.
Step 8: Finding your design, part 2
Using our measurement from part one, mark straight across. Cut as marked. There you go, you have a pattern for your yoke.
Step 9: Versability
Now, amazingly, as you can see we are using the pattern piece of our front yoke as our back yoke.
Step 10: Remember to add your sewing essentials
Retrace your pattern on another sheet and add 5/8 seam allowence to the shoulders and sides.
Step 11: Take apart your shirt
Basically, take apart your shirt. Cut off the sleeve and sides. Don't worry about ripping the seams, you have enough to be fabric just to cut.