Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Look what I made with just two yards of silk and two rectangles!

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Quick tutorial project made with 2 yards of 52/54inch width fabric: cotton voile or silky print.  You can use a 1-3/4yards for a shorter length. Share it with friends on Pinterest!

  • You will also need:
  • Sewing Machine,
  • Narrow roll hemmer,
  • Stitch in the ditch paper
  • Sewing machine needle and thread that matches the weight and fiber of your fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • 2 frog closures

The instructions are designed for directional fabric. It is easy to do this with non-directional fabric. I  prefer instructions with the What If scenario because it increases the opportunity to learn and pull your hair out!

Step One
Lay fabric out. Rip or cut the fabric lengthwise. This gives you 2 yards each of 26"/27" wide fabric. Divide these into half and stitch them back together so that the fabric will hang from the shoulder seam facing out! In other words, the fabric design will be right side up in both the front and rear views! Black line represents the shoulder seam.

If you are using fabric that shreds easily, then French Seams are recommended for the shoulder seam.  Stitch the shoulders with wrong sides together, and trim to a scant 1/8 inch. Press.  Fold it the opposite way with right sides together and stitch with a 1/8" to 1/4"seam allowance.

Step Two
Use the narrow roll hemmer and finish all the edges of both rectangles. No raw edges!

Step Three
Stitch the back section at least 7" down from the shoulder seam.

Step Four
Put the top on, mark where you want the frog closure to be and hand stitch into place. You can also choose to close the arm hole leaving enough space for your wrist to slip through.

Your done!  If you like this easy project, Like me Facebook where I will be adding more projects like this. See more uses of the narrow roll hemmer and French seams on It's Sew Easy 600 series coming next Spring!  I leave next week to tape it!

1 comment:

sewok said...

No side seams? And why would you french seam the back seam if you roll hemmed all the way around both rectangles? Just a bit confusing to me but a gorgeous top!