Welcome to another easy beginner sewing project.
In this online tutorial, we will make up, step by step, an easy top, made by Butterick with a reference number of B5608.
As I’ve mentioned, the sewing pattern that I will be using for this sewing project is made by a company called Butterick with a design number of B5608.
The pattern has four separate designs so we will be concentrating on making the easy top, style C on the front of the pattern envelope.
The easy top is described as a pullover, cut with darts in the front and the back, with pleated neckline detailing. Click ‘here‘ if you wish to view the pattern some more or order it on-line.
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The Butterick Easy Top B5608 Sewing Project -
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There are only four sewing pattern pieces to this top. They are – the front and back of the top, and the front and back of the neck and armhole facing.
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How to Sew the Top -
1 – Pattern marking – Match-up the tailor tacks of the darts including the dart tucks of the front and back and then pin and baste.
2 – Pattern marking – Match up the notches and tailor tacks of the front neckline tucks and baste stitch.
3 - Baste Stitch – Stitch the side seam and both shoulder seams, matching all notches / balance marks. You are now ready for your fitting.
4 - Fitting – Try on your top. This is the time to check for any adjustments that you may need to do to the top before you start machine sewing. (after fitting remove the basting from the shoulder seams).
5 – Sewing - With double pointed darts, always start at the widest point of the dart, sewing towards the point. To sew the second dart, turn you work over and start sewing at the same point you started the first dart. Again, sew to the point of the dart.
6 - Sewing – The tucks. Start sewing from the neckline and sew to the tailor tacks. Do the same for all four tucks. Remove all tailors tacks from the top.
7 – Positioning – The tucks need to be over lapping each other, one on top of the other, then stitched into place within the seam allowance.
8 – Sewing – The side seams only. (Remember that the shoulder seams are not sewn). Then you need to press all the sewn areas, i.e. the darts, tucks and the seam allowance.
9 – Facing – Sew the side seam of the facing and finger press them open.
10 – Attaching the facing – You are almost there. All that is left for you to do is attach the facing and your top is complete.
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Colleen G Lea