October 14, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday :: Simple Chiffon Back Top by Lexi Made

I love mixed media projects, especially when it puts together two of my favorite fabrics like knits and wovens.  Lexi of Lexi Made put together this adorable sewing tutorial for a girl's knit top with a chiffon back.   This top is a perfect mix of comfort and style and is a great project for beginners to try.  Try mixing different patterns and fabrics to find a fun, unique look! 
When drafting her sewing pattern pieces, Lexi uses a simple, fitted tee, though she adds long sleeves and a curved hemline for a high-low back. After cutting the knit fabric pieces, cut the back so that it curves upwards and ends right under the armpit. With the woven fabric, cut a curve at the top that matches the curve in the knit and add about 2 inches to the width to allow for some small gathers. 
To create a gathering effect in the top middle of the woven fabric, baste stitch along the top without backstitching on either side. Then, you can pull at the threads to gather the fabric together. You'll want to make it so that your gathers line up perfectly with the width of the knit fabric. Sew your pieces together, and you're done!
Lexi decided to make matching mommy and me tops. LOVE! 
Most knits (like a Cotton JerseyCotton Lycra, or French Terry) would be perfect for the front of this top. A few of my picks from the store:
Use a Specialty Woven Fabric for the back of the top to create a similar look. A few of my picks from the store:
We hope you enjoy this tutorial and please send 1-2 images of any project you make with Girl Charlee Fabrics to gcblog@girlcharlee.com and you might see your creation featured in our next KnitPicks!

Happy sewing!
~ Heather & The Girl Charlee Team

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