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.
DIY Tie Front Polka Dot Top
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
What You'll Need
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.
Fold and iron the raw edges, then sew a straight stitch to finished the edges and create a folded hem. Sew around the curve of the collar or add interfacing if that's something you know how to do.
Wearing DIY top, sandals my own design, Mango shorts, Bella Blu hat and market bag.