Hello from New York guys!

I’m pretty excited to be here I have to say – and as I mentioned last week it was only right that preparing for a trip like this included some easy but fun DIY projects… This tie top is a project that’s been on my mind for a while, and it’s made even better by the fact that it’s actually super easy to make. Once again, we’re using a method of tracing the shape from a piece of clothing you already have, meaning the top will fit you properly.


Pattern Pieces

To cut out your fabric you should use a pattern piece of your bodice, to create this you should use a loose fitting top as a guide to give you the bodice section on the left in the first image below. This is the base you will modify to get the top to fit you right.

I wanted my top to be tied under my bust, so we made the back shorter than the top I copied the pattern from. Also, we extended the ties out the front so they are long enough to tie up. For the new sleeves, starting from the top of the side seam, extend a perpendicular line out, its length being your desired sleeve length (these are 25cm /10 inches).  Basically this will be a kimono shape with some triangular ties in the front section

Your resulting pieces should look like the below. You should end up with two mirrored front panels, and one complete back panel.



Draft and cut out your pieces of fabric using the details above.



Pin the front panels to the back panel, along the shoulder seams, the underarm seams and the side seams. (As shown with the pink lines in the photo)

Then sew down these seams.


Flip the collar facing in along the sewn curve, then iron.


You can also fold and iron the rest of the raw edges at this point, then sew a straight stitch to secure the seam allowance and create a folded hem. Sew around the curve of the collar or add interfacing if that’s something you know how to do. 


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Wearing DIY top, sandals my own design, Mango shorts, Bella Blue hat and market bag.


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