It has been a good summer this year in Norway so my breezy clothing has been used to full capacity while travelling back and forth from Malaysia.
My off duty wardrobe for the last 2 years have pretty much consisted of bare backed tops of sorts, but oddlyI don’t have a cross back one. I have been playing around with the prospect of making more tops since all my recent projects have been skirts and bracelets.
I came across this shape while inspecting a dress I recently purchased and I wanted to recreate the neck line with some adjustments. After playing around a little I came up with this little project 🙂
What you need:
- 1 meter of fabric
- sewing machine
- measuring tape
This tutorial has two parts, the first is the general construction of the top and the second tells you how to make the straps that goes with it.
1. Start off with a piece of fabric 1m x 1m in size
2. With the right side facing up, fold along the diagonal with right sides facing each other.
3. Measure 50 cm from the point towards the fold. Pin along the radius to make a quarter circle.
This could be longer or shorter depending on the length you require. It appears longer in the pictures, but this is because I cut more off after I’d taken the pciture.
4. Cut along the pins.
5. While still folded with rights sides facing each other, sew along the edges as indicated by the diagram above
6. Make sure this fits on you, adjust the seams accordingly.
7. Pin down all the edges of the garment. If you feel like, you can hem the bottom edge as well, but I left it raw.
8. Sew down all the edges.
the next two steps involve having the straps already made, have a look further below for the strap tutorial
9. Unfold it and pin the straps where you want to have them. Keep trying on the garment to make sure it sits well.
10. Sew the straps in place.
Get a piece of fabric that is your approximate desired length, longer would be preferable. I made my straps about 1 m to give me plenty of room to play with.
1. fold it to the desired width, I folded over slightly more than 1 cm so that the strap would be 1cm wide. Sew along.
2. Cut off the excess fabric.
3. Attach a safety pin to one end of the strap (I masking taped it as well to avoid having the pin unhook while inside the tube)
4. pull the safety pin through the tube and invert the strap. Press.
(optional step 5.) you can sew along the strap to help hold it’s shape
Steps 3 and 4 can be altered if you have the device that helps you achieve the desired outcome without a safety pin
I know there looks like there are a lot of steps, but there really isn’t. I swear!
This is quite a simple top to create and when you use the right fabric, it can have a lovely drape. I liked how it turned out, but I wished I had used a fabric with a softer drape.
I have a few ideas on creating some other summer tops that don’t require specific patterns, so there will be more experimenting in the future 🙂