Claire Tee Top by SewkeysE »
InstructionsThis is a super easy top that fits modern women's shapes very well! Most of us have smaller shoulders and bigger busts than regular patterns call for. Be sure to follow the size guideline very carefully - using your shoulder measurement first and then your bust. Also, you will need stay tape to stabilize the seams. You will also assemble the T first, then cut the neckline after you have tried ...
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Type of item: Clothing
Style: Funky, Mod, Casual
Pre-ruffled Knit fabric
What was your inspiration?
I purchased some pre-ruffled fabric and then didn't know what to do with it! This fabric is currently used in this season's RTW fashions. The fabric I chose has flatter ruffles, but there are others with more pronounced ruffles in all colors and patterns. I took the designer's 1 day class at the Original Quilt and Sewing Expo in Cleveland last week. We made the entire top in one day!
What are you most proud of?
I have a finished product that FITS AND LOOKS GREAT ON! This is the first garment I've made for myself in years that actually fits well and is stylish.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Pick your pattern size carefull as noted above. You do not need a serger, but it is nice, providing a RTW inside seam treatment. BE sure to stay stitch all seams to keep ruffles down. Be sure stay stitch where guided to stabilize the fabric. You will nees a stay tape in the seam allowances. I used what the the designer sells on her site, though you can find this in local stores. Trace your pattern onto a plastic tablecloth to create a permanent pattern. Then, you can pin the plastic together and see how it will fit, then make your adjustments to the plastic pattern. Necklines can be simply rolled in with a seam tape, or bound with a bias piece. Because of the ruffles, no hemming is needed on HORIZontal sections like the hem and sleeve. However, if you cut your shirt on the diagonal, you may want to hand hem those parts.