Sunday, July 29, 2012

{Sewlebrity Crush} Abbey Road Top from No Big Dill

 I am sew excited to introduce my Sewlebrity Crush...
Katy from No Big Dill!

In my eyes, she is a "Sewlebrity," and here's why I've got a "Crush" on her!
If you haven't yet discovered what makes No Big Dill so amazing, you simply must! This is the mecca of all sewing blogs (to me at least)! I am enamored with the out-of-this-world creativity that Katy showcases. Her sewing pieces are like works of art. I am literally pinching myself in awe that she is here, posting on my blog. It's such an honor to have her here!

Today, she is sharing a tutorial for this insanely cute top she made for her daugther, called the Abbey Road Top!

And here are a few other reasons why I have "fallen in love" with her blog.

Katy, thanks for being my Sewlebrity Crush. You rock!
{To see the amazing line up of my other crushes, go here}
Now here she is, with her fabulous tutorial!
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I'm so pleased to be here at Family Ever After and honored that Rach considers me a "sewlebrity".  I was originally going to make this for myself, but then I thought it would waste less fabric if I made it for one of my baby dills and it didn't turn out, but now I'm jealous of her top!  This is a simple, flowy top that works nicely with stripes because of the tie around the waist that goes the opposite direction, but you can really use any knit, or even contrasting colors or patterns.  

I started with a t-shirt that fits Divine pretty closely, so I had a good idea of how each feature was going to fit.  I cut it a bit wider in the neck to create a boat-neck, slanted down for the sleeves, and folded the t-shirt up a bit to crop it since I knew I would be adding a tie at the waist for more length.

Stitch along shoulder and side seams (1/2") with right sides together, leaving about 2 inches open on one side for the vent.  If you don't have a serger, just use a slight zig-zag stitch.  Cut the tie out as pictured (it looks like a giant, open faced hotdog bun when you lay it out), making it as long as you prefer.  I cut mine about 8" wide which translates to being about 3 1/2 inches since you fold it in half and take off another inch for seam allowance.

Turn the shirt right side out and pin tie around waist, right sides together, with the tie center lined up with the side seam without the vent.  Fold the vent seam allowances in toward the opposite side of the shirt.  Stitch around the hem of the shirt.

Pull tie away from the shirt and then fold it up, in half, again right sides together.  Stitch just around the tie ends.

Turn tie right side out and pin the open edge along the bottom of the shirt and stitch in place, making sure you catch the tie on the other side. Stitch around the vent as well.

Here's a closer look at the vent.  

Next fold under neck 1/2" and stitch in place.  I used my double needle to give it more of a professional look.  If you've never sewn with one, go here for more details.  To create the hem of the sleeve you will need to fold down the corner tip first followed by the sides.  Continue around the entire sleeve and stitch in place.  *Optional: I also sewed around the perimeter of the tie, but it's not necessary, it just keeps everything in place a little bit better.

As I was fitting this on Divine, she didn't want to take it off.  She said it was the most comfortable thing she has ever worn.
I believe her.
I think I need to make one for myself now!



Thanks for having me, Rach!

Sewlebrity Crush is sponsored by the wonderful Fat Quarter Shop.

Stay tuned for a big giveaway on August 1!

5 comments:

  1. I agree!! That is the first thing I thought...I need to make one of these for myself!! :)

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  2. Wow. I'm thrilled you have this guest today! I say the Ruffled skirt on a nether blog once and wanted to check it out but forgot and have been wondering which blog had maid it. The shirt is to cute as well. Thanks for the wonderful post!
    Rose @ arosiesweethome.com

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  3. That does look super comfy! Adorable too, Katy! :)

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  4. Pinned this tutorial - TOTALLY love it for back-to-school for my little girl (and I think I'd love it for me too!) ... thanks for sharing! :) (p.s. I found you via your ad at Little Miss Momma - can't wait to dig in and see what else you have to share!) :) God Bless!

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  5. It's wonderful! I followed the tutorial and blogged about it at http://pienkel.blogspot.nl/2013/08/abbey-road-top-weekly-pin-project-3.html

    Thanx for the inspiration!

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♥Rach H