How to Make A Tie Front Top (Sewing Tutorial)

Merrick's Art Tie Front Blouse

Outfit Details:

Top made by me (similar here and here), White Jeans, Sole Society Peep Toe BootiesAnn Klein Blush Satchel, Rose Gold Aviators

This past week has been so warm and sunny that I’m now completely in the mood for summer. So I dug through my fabric stash and found this gorgeous blue and white pin stripe fabric that I bought from last year and made a pretty little tie front blouse.

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Merrick's Art Spring Stripes

I’ve been seeing these tie front blouses everywhere lately and I think they’re so cute and summer-y. They’re perfect paired with skirts, jeans, shorts, or even over a dress to make it look like a skirt.

And although it looks a little complicated with the tie front, it’s actually REALLY easy and I busted this one out in about an hour.

Find the instructions down below!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2 yards 60″ fabric  (I used this one)
Matching thread

Merrick's Art Tie Front Top



First, cut your pattern pieces. If you don’t know how to do that, use this video here to learn how to make pattern pieces from your own clothing.

You’ll need:

  • BODICE BACK (cut on a folded edge)
  • 2 BODICE FRONT pieces
  • 2 SLEEVES (cut on the folded edge)
  • 2 NECKLINE LINING pieces

Step 1. Take your BODICE FRONT pieces and pin them down the front with right sides together. Sew down the front with a straight stitch, ending about 2 inches above the start of the front ties.

Step 2. With right sides together, sew your BODICE FRONT + BACK pieces together at the shoulders with a straight stitch.

Step 3. Take one sleeve piece and line up the top of the sleeve with the bodice shoulder seam, with right sides together. Pin that point together, then pin along the arm hole on either side, attaching the sleeve to the armhole.

Step 4. Once the sleeve is pinned, sew along the arm hole with a straight stitch.

Step 5. With right sides together, pin your bodice front and back pieces together on the sides, matching up the underarm seams. Sew with a straight stitch.

Step 6. Take your NECKLINE LINING pieces and sew them together on the short ends with right sides together.

Step 7. Slip the lining over the bodice neckline and pin in place, matching up the shoulder seams. Then sew around the entire neckline with a straight stitch. (If you’re using a fabric that will fray, make sure you serge or zigzag the outside edge of the lining).

Step 8. Hem the bottom of your bodice, doing as small of a hem as you possibly can.

Step 9. Topstitch your neckline and hem your sleeves to your desired length, and you’re done!

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  1. Natali says:

    Super cute outfit and I like your top very much!

  2. I love these tie-front tops for spring/summer, I’ll be giving your pattern a go!

    Starlight & Stitches

  3. I love this top. I could see making it from a men’s shirt as the fabric. (Hating all the ads…. so many)

  4. Mish Young says:

    Have you seen the tutorials on the one yard blouse? It’s a 1950’s pattern and I would really like to see your take on it, as this blouse reminds me of it 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    Since this fabric isn’t stretchy, how big do you do the neckline to be sure that you can get it over your head without a button or zipper?

    • merrickwhite says:

      Find a top in your closet with a neckline that fits over your head and use that as a reference when making your pattern! xx

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