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Make a really easy 'Off The Shoulder Top'

Posted on June 07, 2017 by The Makery
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Have you seen all the bardot blouses and off the shoulder tops in the shops? We love them and are really excited to be sharing with you a tutorial that you DON'T NEED A PATTERN for! 

That's right, all you need to do is take some quick measurements and you'll run it up on the sewing machine in no time! Seriously this top is SO EASY to make. You're going to love it! 

What you need to make an off the shoulder top 

Fabric (lightweight)
Elastic
Sewing Machine
Iron
Safety Pin
Thread
Scissors
Tape Measure
Paper & Pencil

The pattern consists of 2 rectangles:
Rectangle 1 = Body
Rectangle 2 = Sleeves

**All seam allowances are 1cm**

1) First let’s make rectangle 1 :Body

a) Measure bust. Add 20cm to this measurement then divide by 2 = This gives the width of rectangle 1.

b) Measure from just above the bust (where you’d like your top to start) to wherever you’d like your top to finish (Where you’d like the hemline of your top to be). Add 10cm to this measurement = This gives the length of rectangle

Cut 2 x rectangles of fabric to these measurements, making the front and back of your top.

2) Now let’s make rectangle 2: Sleeves

a) Measure how long you’d like your sleeves to be. It’s quite nice to have the bottom hem at elbow, but up to you. Add 8cm to this measurement = This gives you the length of rectangle 2.

b) Measure the circumference of your upper sleeve.
Add 15cm to this measurement = This gives you the width of rectangle 2.

Cut 2 x rectangles of fabric to these measurements, making the 2 x sleeves of your top.

3) Sew together

Place the body pieces (Rectangles 1) together, with right sides facing. Pin the side seams together from the bottom up, placing a marker 20cm from the top. Sew side seams together from the bottom up to the marker, on both sides.

Fold one of the sleeve pieces (rectangle 2) in half lengthways, right sides together. Pin and sew the seam from the bottom up, leaving 20cm free at top. Repeat for the other sleeve piece.

Now match up all the 20cm lengths of un-stitched fabric, with right sides facing: Each sleeve should have a seam with the front and back of the top. Pin and stitch all the seams together. Press all seams open.

4) Hems

Fold a double 1.5cm hem along the bottom of the body pieces. Pin, press and stitch.

Fold a double 1cm hem along the bottom of the sleeves. Pin, press and stitch.

Fold a double 2cm hem all along the top (neck) edge. Pin, press and stitch close to the bottom of the fold to leave a channel. Ensure you leave a 3cm gap in your stitching.

Attach the safety pin to one end of the elastic and use it to thread the elastic through the gap and along the channel, until you get back to where you started. (Note: Pin the loose end of the elastic to the top to ensure it doesn’t get sucked through the channel!).
Loosely knot together the ends of elastic and test the top for fitting. Adjust the elastic accordingly, then knot the ends together tightly and snip to neaten. Sew up the 3cm gap.

We hope you love this tutorial if you did we'd really appreciate you sharing it with your friends. 

Share you finished scrunchies with us on our social media channels, tag #makerymakes and each month we pick a lucky crafter to win £10 worth of fabric!

Happy making,

Kate -x-

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