Introduction: Cinched Tie-Front Top
After browsing the Princess Polly website, I was inspired to make this top. Read on to find out how you too can recreate it.
1/2 yard of fabric
marker/pen/chalk of some kind
Step 1: The Back Panel
Using the back of a shirt as reference, sketch and cut out the back panel of your new top. Make sure to account for seams. (Tip: for accuracy, cut out one side of the top first, then use it as a guide for the second side)
Fold the back panel in half, and draw a curve. Cut the curve out to create a neck hole.
Step 2: The Front Panels
Using the back panel as a reference, trace one side (shoulder and arm hole included) onto a new section fabric. Sketch a curve that spans the length of a panel. Cut the entire thing out.
Repeat on the second side, so that two opposing panels are created.
Step 3: Sewing
Lay both front panels on top of the back panel (right sides in). Pin and sew the shoulders and sides using a straight stitch.
Step 4: Sleeves
Using your reference top as a guide, cut four sides of the sleeve.
Pair the sleeves up. Pin and sew the top and bottom using a straight stitch.
Pin each sleeve to the top (right sides facing in) and sew using a straight stitch.
Step 5: The Ties
Cut a long strip of fabric atleast 1'' wide.
Fold each side to the middle (picture 2). Then, fold in half (picture 3). Pin and sew closed using a straight stitch.
Step 6: Tie Channels
Fold over the top edge of the top to create a tie channel. Pin and sew closed using a straight stitch.
Using a safety pin, thread the tie through the tie channel.
Step 7: Finishing Touches
Cut the front panels to create a curved bottom edge. Pin and hem using a straight stitch.
Pin and hem any leftover raw edges.
Step 8: The Final Look
I am in love with how this top turned out. It rivals the one I saw on Princess Polly. I'm so excited to take pictures show it off. Rate 35/10