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

sewing machine


safety pin

measuring tape

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