OUTFIT DETAILS: top made by me (similar here) | similar denim | similar wedges here and here | petunia pickle bottom bag | karen walker sunglasses | similar necklace here and here
A few weeks ago I was prepping for a photoshoot and needed a blouse to pair with a skirt I was planning to wear. I searched on a few of my go-to clothing sites (Asos, Old Navy, Nordstrom, J.Crew Factory and Anthropologie) without finding anything that filled my vision. And then, duh, I realized I should just make a top. So I did. And it turned out exactly how I wanted it and I love it to death. It’s the perfect semi-boxy, semi-structured, easy to dress up or down, perfect hemline length top.
1. First cut your pattern pieces. You’ll need a BODICE FRONT (cut on the folded edge), a BODICE BACK piece (cut on the folded edge), NECKLINE LINING (cut on the folded edge and cut 2), and 2 SLEEVES (cut along the folded edge).
2. Sew darts into your BODICE FRONT piece.
3. Sew the BODICE FRONT and BODICE BACK pieces together at the shoulder seams (with right sides together).
4. Lay the SLEEVE flat on the floor and mark about halfway down the curve on either side, as shown. Then using a basting stitch, sew from one mark the other. Leave your threads long.
5. Using the long threads, pull them to gather the shoulder of the sleeve. Gather as much as you’d like (or until it’s the correct size to fit into your dress’s arm hole). Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second SLEEVE.
6. Now it’s time to attach the sleeves. Line up the top of the sleeve with the bodice shoulder seam (as shown) with right sides together. Pin in place.
7. Continue pinning the sleeve to the bodice, and then sew along the arm hole with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second sleeve.
8. With right sides together, sew the sides of the bodice up with a straight stitch. If you want to insert a keyhole or zipper in the back, do that now. Otherwise, move to the next step.
9. Sew the two NECKLINE LINING pieces together, with right sides together, to make a circle.
10. Then, with right sides together, pin the NECKLINE LINING to the neckline of the BODICE. Stretch as you go so it fits evenly around the neckline. Sew around the neckline with a straight stitch, stretching as you sew so you don’t get any tucks. Flip the NECKLINE LINING inside and press your seams flat, then sew around the entire neckline again with a wide straight stitch to secure the NECKLINE LINING in place.
11. Hem the bottom of your shirt and you’re done!