Fun & Fabulous Tops to Sew: 10 Easy Designs for the Totally Cool Beginner
It takes a fabulous top to top off an outfit perfectly—and these smart and trendy choices are right at the height of fashion. Plus, they’re simple to sew, with each project building on the one before so novices can progressively develop their skills–including seaming, adding darts, setting in sleeves, and inserting a neckline flounce or collar. Newcomers, or those who feel a little rusty, can begin with the mock-wrap blouse or an extremely easy-to-make pullover tank with topstitching. Ponchos remain cool as ever, and the lightweight version here showcases wonderfully interesting fabric. A jacket with contemporary cropped sleeves goes smoothly from a day at work to an evening out.
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Anatomy of a Top
Edgy Little Top
49 Pattern schematics ABSOLUTE BEGINNER armhole back facing back seam backstitch Basic top-making tools basting stitches BEGINNER Cheat sheet blouse bobbin bodice front BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY center front clip collar dart direction your pattern ease Easestitch edge photo embroidery stitches EXPERIENCED BEGINNER Fabric and notions Fabulous Tops finish fold front and back garment Here's inch inside jacket line of stitching lockstitch lower edge marked dots matching notches matching thread materials page 47 meet the pressed neck edge neck facing NEED Pattern pattern envelope pattern pieces pattern's instructions pin and stitch Press the seam presser foot raw edge right front right sides SATIN STITCH seam allowance seam ripper seamline sewing machine shoulder seams side seams silk sleeve flounces Staystitch Stitch close Stitch photo stitch the front stitching line straight stitch sure to stitch tools and materials topstitch Trim the seam tulle Understitch upper front wrong side zigzag stitch zipper