Off-the-shoulder top

Off-the-shoulder top

The off-the-shoulder top, the must-have top this summer when you’re a 12-year-old (or older!). She has some RTW off-the-shoulder tops, but she wanted more! She also wants some cold-shoulder tops so I know what I’ll be sewing next.

When she started wearing bras, one of her prerequisites when I came to sew for her was “no bra strap showing”…I think we’re way past this stage (see her Crystal Cove Cami!)

 

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The off-the-shoulder top’s tutorial (free)

Jamie, from Scaterred Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, generously offers a free tutorial on her website.

I cut a straight size 12 and in less than an hour, I sewed this off-the-shoulder top. It was so quick!!! With only 4 pieces to assemble, it was no wonder!

haut off the shoulder

The top hits the low hips and it’s perfect to go with bermudas or denim capris.

 

Summer fabric

During private sales on the website of Coupons de Saint-Pierre, I noticed that cute woven cotton with lace and embroidery. I knew that Miss G would be attracted to its tee-dye orange hue.

I used the lace that was on one of the lengths to cut the ruffle and I also managed to keep some embroidery for the bottom.

I used some lingerie elastic because it’s softer around the arms and who would want a top that hurts?!?

 

Modifications

Jamie uses biais to create the casing and to bind the armholes. Since the lace was rather thick, I chose not to use bias. I then used the tutorial by By Hand London to serge my edges and do a simple-fold hem at the armholes and ruffle.

As a result, this top can be worn over or off the shoulders. I really like that feature. Since the front and back pieces are identical, Miss G can wear her top ‘backwards’ when she feels like wearing some subtle tie-dye lace or a more dramatic tie-dye effect.

 

haut off-the-shoulder top

She seems to enjoy her top a lot! And once again she asked for some curls (I do like curls on her!!!). The she got for her birthday is great.

haut off the shoulder

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