Sewing Simple Chevron Top
July 8, 2014
This simple blue chevron top is a sewing project I finished a couple of months ago. I had intended to share it sooner but things have gotten in the way of my plans which is I guess how life goes for everyone at times. I have wore the top several times already and love how simple it was to sew and how comfortable it is to wear. Also, it looks good with skirts, shorts or jeans.
The pattern I used for this top was from the Bernina My Label software – which is pattern drafting software I have that drafts patterns by your measurements. I have mentioned it before and use it quite a bit. This top is actually not one of the patterns in the software – I used the tunic pattern to design this simple cap sleeve top. It is only two pattern pieces – a front and back – and I make a bias neckband facing which I am going to share with you below on how to do this.
The fabric I used was a 100% cotton fabric that I think I ordered from fabric.com. The one thing about making clothing with the chevron prints is that you want to have a little extra fabric to match the chevron pattern as close a possible to look uniform. Also, you want to make a top that does not have a lot of complicated darts or seams that will make the print look strange.
The neckline of this top is sewn with a bias strip of fabric for the facing. A lot of patterns come with a facing that is curved but I often find they are kind of wide and do not always lay well. I have found that using the bias facing technique works much better – especially with this style of top. Below is a little tutorial on how to make a bias neckline facing.
- Step 1 – cut a fabric strip on the bias that is 1 1/4 inch or 1 1/2 inch wide and a little longer than the length around your neckline. For this top I did 1 1/4 inch wide. Note: the bias is the 45 degree diagonal grain of the fabric – most quilting rulers have the angles marked and you can use that as a cutting guide.
- Step 2 – after you have your strip cut finish off one of the long raw edges with a serger or a zigzag stitch
- Step 3 – then pin the other raw edge with right sides together to your neckline starting at the center back of neck- overlap the ends a little (what I usually do is just have an extra long strip and after I am done pinning it to the neckline I cut it where I need to)
- Step 4 – sew the strip to the neckline edge using a 1/2 in seam allowance
- Step 5 – Clip the curved neckline edges close to stitching line, with a steam iron press bias strip out with seam pressed toward the bias strip
- Step 6 – Understitch the facing just inside the neckline seam on the bias strip – you can use the inner toe of your presser foot as a guide
- Step 7 – Press the facing to the inside of the top and topstitch the facing down from the right side of the top – I usually use a 3/8 inch seam or the outer edge of my presser foot as a guide while stitching around the neckline – press again after you complete your topstitching
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Chevron Fabric Projects
May 28, 2013
I recently came across some mini chevron cotton print fabrics at Hobby Lobby. They appealed to me because both prints had colors that I love in them. I bought the fabrics not sure exactly what I would make with them. Therefore, I always buy at least 3 yards of fabric to ensure I have enough. I learned this lesson a long time ago from a lady I worked with that told me you need to buy at least 3 yards so you have enough to make a garment. If I have extra left I usually cut it into 2 1/2 in. or 1 1/2 in. strips for other projects. I was thinking I would make skirts from both of these fabrics but different styles and then decided one would be a cute top with the right pattern. Here is what I ended up making:
The pattern I used for the skirt was one I have had for a couple of years, Butterick B4803. I had made the different versions in the pattern of the long length and decided I wanted a shorter skirt this time so I used the basic view E and measured from my waist to just above my knee to figure the length I would shorten the pattern to.
I love to sew skirts for summer. They are easy to make for one thing and sometimes a lot cooler and more comfortable than shorts or pants. This particular pattern has only 2 side seams and and elastic waist and a narrow lower hem. So easy to make. I will be making more this style and length.
As I got in my closet the other day and decided to wear the skirt for the second time I discovered this top that I had embroidered a couple of years ago. The embroidery design matched the skirt colors perfectly – how great is that? I did alter-upcycle the shirt some though to look more updated with the skirt. Note: I will do a future post on my upcycled t-shirt at another time.
The pattern I used for the top was one from my Bernina My Label software program. I used the basic tunic pattern, removed the darts, added a cap sleeve, a scoop neckline and decided to place elastic in the center front and back to gather it in some. I used 1/8 in. wide elastic approximately 7 in. long stretched across 10 in. of the center front and the center back.
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