If current style trends had some sort of an orgy and said event resulted in an offspring, this top would be it.
Materials: 1.5 meters of pretty satin in jewel tone, contrasting bias tape, bias tape in matching color to the satin, around 120 inches of cording cut into 4 pieces.
A – Base of your neck to 1 inch below your under bust.
B – Length of your sleeve from one end of one arm to the other. Mine was 37 inches in total. Measure shoulder to shoulder and add twice the desired length of your sleeves.
C – Same as B.
D – This is the front waistband. Measure 2 inches.
E – Measure around your body, 1 inch below your under bust. E is half of this measurement.
F – Same as E.
G – Same as A.
H – Mark the center of B. From this point, to opposite directions, mark your neckhole. Mine was 10 inches so I measured from the center, 5 inches to both sides. H is the measurement from these neckhole points to the ends of the sleeves.
I – Half of C minus 1 inch.
J – Diagonal line from end of H to end of I.
K – 2 inches.
L – Half of D minus 1 inch.
M – Same as L.
N – Waistband to desired length of peplum tail. This would be the longest points of the peplum and will hang from the back. For my peplum, the shortest length was 6″ while N was 12″
O – Circular waistline but minus 2 inches along the longest peplum. To get your O, refer to THIS TUTORIAL.
Note: 1/2-inch allowance all around for all pieces.
I realize at this point that this may be one of my more complicated tutorials. Well, we shouldn’t give up; soldier on!
1. Sew your front waistband to the center of C, right sides together. Make sure that the waistband is in the center.
2. Sew the back waistbands to your Is, starting from the tips of the diagonal cuts. Again, right sides together.
3. Once you have your waistbands attached, sew the front to the back bodice, along the armpit and side lines. No, don’t sew the shoulders yet.
At this point, you have a blouse-like thing with no shoulders. You have a waistband, though.
4. Take your peplum and attach to the waistband. Starting from the middle all the way to the ends. So basically, you will sew O to M and N (refer to pattern above).
Your waistband will have a seam that might affect the general shape of the top. Sew this seam flat to the peplum. As you can see in photo 5, there is a stitchline along the upper section of my peplum.
5. Take your contrasting bias tape and sew along the opening of your top, from the points where the diagonal neckline starts all the way to the ends of the peplum tails. First, sew the bias tape, with the right side facing the wrong side of the top. Then fold over to the right side and sew.
6. Take your cords, fold in half, and sew to the waistband seam points. You will sew 4 cords to 4 seam points.
7. Take your matching bias tape and use it to hem the peplum. Unlike sewing the bias tape along the opening, you will want to sew the bias tape and peplum hem right sides together. Fold and sew under, finishing your top’s hem.
Sew your shoulders together and hem the sleeves.
Fit and that’s it!
1. Wear with a tank or tube top underneath. Or nothing, depending on your mood.
2. This can also serve as a swimsuit cover-up.
3. If you’re feeling sassy, wear with the opening in front.
4. You may wonder if this is possible to sew without the waistband. My answer is YES. Yes, you are a genius for thinking that. That never crossed my mind.
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