I really enjoy a good off the shoulder top. They are a great addition to a wardrobe, instantly dress up shorts, jeans or skirt and are perfectly summery.
This is a self drafted top. The construction was fairly simple, as seen in the diagram above. It is made using only 6 rectangles, 3 for the front and 3 for the back. The measurements on the diagram are what I used and should fit about a size 6/8.
- Cut two identical rectangles for the body the length of the final shirt + the width of your shoulders remembering to include some extra for seam allowance.
- Cut 4 sleeve squares 25cm times the desired length of the sleeves. The final piece to cut is a long strip the length of the top of the top (width of 4 sleeves and 2 body peices + 4 cm for overlap) and 6cm wide.
- Sew the sleeves together on the outer seam and up 7cm on the lower part of the inner seam, as seen in the diagram.
- Sew the sleeves onto the body and then sew the side seams. It is tricky to sew all the way to the point under the arm where the seams all meet. It can be useful to hand sew this part. Clip the seams at the armhole to eliminate bulk and allow the sleeves to sit nicely.
- Hem both the top and bottom of the top.
- Iron the long strip of fabric flat and fold the edges over 0.5cm. Sew to the inside of the shirt just below the upper hem to form a casing for the elastic leaving a hole where the fabric meets to thread the elastic through the casing. Sew the ends of the elastic together forming a circle of elastic tight enough so that it gathers the fabric at the top and allows the top to sit nicely on the shoulders.
- Close the hole in the casing by hand
I’m really enjoying wearing this top just have to make sure that I sunscreen up and not burn my shoulders in the heat!
FABRIC: Printed cotton from Spotlight. 2cm wide flat ribbed elastic.
PATTERN: Self drafted