The Flutter Top
Last week I promised that I would have a very easy pattern this week. It's super easy. Here are the measurements that you will need;
1. Your hip measurement.
2. The length that you would like your top to be.
3. How many inches you would like to add for the flutter (I'll explain below).
To begin, cut two rectangles, one for your front and one for the back. Find the center front on one piece. If your hips measure 40 inches, your front piece would measure 20 inches plus an inch for ease and then maybe another 10 inches for the flutter extension, a total of 31 inches. The center front would be 10 1/2 inches in from the right side. (Remember, the extension is only an extension and not part of the fit of the top.) At center front I came down 1 1/2 inches to form my front neckline. I then measured over approximately 5 inches on either side of my center front mark and drew in a curved line. I did nothing for the back neckline.
To finish the raw edges I simply did a rolled edge finish on my serger. Sew the shoulder seams together and the right side seam. Once these seams have been sewn, turn the top so right sides are out. Lay flat on a table and mark where the seam line will be for the extension. I'm sorry, I left out the opening for your arms. The mark that you see on the right side of the above pattern represents where you would stop sewing for your armhole opening. I also stopped the dotted line at the same measurement. To determine the measurement of your opening, I would sew the shoulder seams and then try on your top and mark where you would like the opening to be.
In order for a belt to go around you waist and allow the flutter to flutter, you will need to create an opening in the stitched line that is on the left side of the top. As you can see from the above picture, I did a very large buttonhole (3 inches) over the stitched line. To determine where you should put the opening, try on the top and make a mark at you waistline.
To make the belt, cut a rectangle twice the width that you would like for your belt to be. As for the length, I would suggest that the belt should go around your waist twice and still be long enough to tie a bow or at least a knot.To determine the length of your belt, use a piece of string. Once you have your measurement, cut the belt. Fold this piece in half, sew. Leave an opening for turning. After tuning the belt, press and hand sew the opening closed. To determine this measurement, use a piece of string.
So that is it. Super easy, right? I'll wear mine tomorrow and get some pictures that I will post.
Hope you all had a fabulous week and wishing you and even better weekend!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I recently had the opportunity to visit my favorite fabric store....anywhere, High Fashion Fabrics in Houston, Texas. I'll never forget the first time I visited this store. I think my mouth was wide open (and drooling) the entire time I was there.
If you have the opportunity to go to Houston, make a point of stopping by High Fashion. You'll be happy that you did. As I said though, they aren't a bargain store, so choose carefully. Now here's the question, did I buy anything? Oh, you know I did. I'll share it soon.
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Obi Bag
After I posted on Friday that there would be a bit of a delay because of an allergic reaction to something that bit me, I ended up falling on a wet floor that wasn't marked as being wet and really hurt my knee. Just a little later that day, I had to take the dogs to the vet and ended up really banging my head on the door of the car. I actually saw stars. That was it for me. A few days of recooperation and I'm back to normal, at least normal for me. I hope you had a lovely and pain free weekend.
So on to my Obi Bag. I decided to name it the Obi Bag because as I shared with you last week, a friend allowed me to raid her vintage obis for this project. As I said, lucky me! If you have never heard of an obi, they are the belts/ties that the Japanese would use to keep their kimonos closed.
I just came back from my morning run when my husband took this picture. This is not an outfit that I would wear with this bag.
This is a little more complex than the patterns I have shared in previous weeks. Just remember, this is nothing but a series of rectangles. Easy, really. If you have any questions, I will be happy to do my best to answer them. The upcoming pattern will be super easy, I promise.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!