Thursday, 11 April 2013

Guest Post: DIY Top

Hello everyone, my name is Courtney! I am very excited to be guest blogging today here! I am a So Cal teen who aspires to be a fashion stylist/costume designer. I blog over at A Style Blog of Some Sort. There you will find OOTD’s, trend reports & occasional DIY’s! Please check me out if you get a chance :)

Today I'll show you how to sew a simple top from knit fabric. Please refer to each diagram below for detail.

You will need: 1-2 yards of knit (stretchy) fabric & matching thread, a sewing machine, pins, scissors, a marker, and a top that you can use to trace as a pattern, also made of stretchy fabric.

1. Lay your fabric flat on your surface. Lay the shirt on top of it.

2. Trace around your top with a 1 inch / 3 cm seam allowance and cut along the line. My top has attached arms so it is composed of just 2 pieces: the front & back.

3. Lay both pieces on your surface and adjust the neckline to the desired depth & shape if necessary.

4. Make sure the top is inside out! Hem the neckline on each piece separately by rolling and folding in the fabric. Pin & sew.

5. Now line up both pieces right sides together (inside out.) Pin & sew both shoulder seams. You can use a straight or zig-zag stitch.

6. Lay the shirt flat right sides together again. Pin & sew down the arm and side on each side.

7. Lastly, hem the arm holes and the bottom of the shirt. This step is optional because knits don't unravel easily.

And you're done!
I hope this tutorial was easy to understand! I also have a video tutorial on my YouTube if you want to check it out. If you have any questions drop me an e-mail at Thanks so much Annika for letting me guest post! Bye :D

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  1. This is such an easy way of making it look like you've made a t-shirt from scratch! thank you :-)

    Francesca xo

  2. wow such lovely DIY :)

  3. doesn't sounds as complicated as I thought it would! great post :D xx


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