September 11, 2012

The Capri Top

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Supplies were provided free in exchange for me creating a tutorial for the Ribbon Retreat Blog.

This is a post I did over at the Ribbon Retreat. Their blog has lots of creative ideas from craft bloggers.


This top is made using fabric from the Capri line by ADORNit. It's a peasant style top gathered with shirring on the front and back bodice.


Here's the top by itself. You can easily adjust the length to make it a dress.

To make your own, you will need:
About 1 yard of fabric {more or less depending on size}
Elastic Thread
1/8" elastic
A peasant top style pattern {I used a Simplicity pattern, but you can use basically any gathered peasant style top pattern. You just need the pattern pieces}.

Start by cutting out your pattern pieces. You should have a front bodice, back bodice and two sleeves. This is the only thing you need the pattern for. Ignore the rest of the pattern instructions.

 Hem the neckline of the bodice on the front and back pieces.

Hem the top and bottom of both sleeves.

Using elastic thread, shirr the front and back pieces between the arm holes. Keep going until your pieces are the desired width and/or your shirring is as high as you want it. I went from the top of the shirt down to where the underarm started to curve. When you're done, use an iron to spray some steam and the elastic will gather up even more.

To gather the bottom of the sleeves, cut a piece of 1/8" elastic to the length you want the sleeve opening to be. It should be shorter than the actual sleeve so that the sleeve will gather.

Tack the end of the elastic down to one end of the sleeve, near the bottom hemline. Stretch the elastic as you sew it to the sleeve. When you release the tension on the elastic, it will shrink, gathering the sleeve.


Sew the two front seams of the sleeves to the front of the bodice, right sides together.

Add the back of the bodice to the back of one of the sleeves. It should look like this:

Use another {longer} piece of 1/8" inch elastic to gather the tops of the sleeves and the bodice, the same way you did for the bottom of the sleeves.

Sew the sleeve to the back bodice.

Stitch the front and back of the shirt together along the sides and the underarms.

Hem the bottom and you're done.

 Isn't it fabulous? I love using elastic thread. If you've never used it before, there are lots of tutorials out there. Here is a great tutorial if you need help.



2 comments:

Debbie said...

do you just sew in the 1/8" elastic with a zizzag stitch..no casing, right?
Love the polka dot one you made..
Debbie

Terra Sews said...

Right, no casing. I actually used a regular straight stitch instead of a zig zag stitch since I stretched the elastic while I sewed it. When the elastic returns to its unstretched size, it gathers the fabric and makes the stitches look really small. When you stretch the elastic, the stitches will stretch with it.

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