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This simple yet lovely design is inspired by a design found on Emerson Fry website. I love how elegant, chic and lovely it is – but I don’t love its price! $178 for it? I’m going to make my own!
This simple top can be mixed easily with jeans, shorts and skirts for a day out in the sun, or for when you want to be a bit playful at home. I know many of us are still under “stay at home” order, so entertaining yourself with a nice piece of clothing may keep your mood up quite a lot!
The Amanda tie neck top is created in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, which means even if you are skinny or chubby, you can find one that fits you best!
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the instruction here.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
HOW TO SEW THE AMANDA TIE SHOULDER TOP
The Amanda top is so simple you can sew it with very limited skills! So start your project now!
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
What fabric can be used for this project? Although it depends on your choice, I recommend using woven fabric. Opt for soft flowy fabric for a romantic look, solid color or fun prints, each will create a unique style.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? You may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front – 1 pc on fold
- Back – 1 pc on fold
- Front facing – 1 pc on fold
- Back facing – 1 pc on fold
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as pleats etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Fold and sew the bust darts.
2. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric (like fleece or knitted fabric), you can skip this step.
3. Place Front and Front Facing pieces right side facing each other, pin all the way from one armhole to the neckline to the other armhole.
4. Sew the Front and Front Facing together along the pinned curves. Trim and clip the seam allowance to get smoother curves. Turn the fabric inside out, iron flat.
5. Repeat this step with the Back and Back Facing pieces.
6. Place Front and Back right side facing. Put the seam allowance of the facing pieces toward the Facing piece. Pin and sew from the hem of the garment toward the armhole and the facing. Repeat with the other side.
7. Hem the garment. Iron it.
Easy, right? Now put it on and tie the shoulder into a knot. You can adjust the tie to your liking (maybe for a deeper sexier neckline!).
And here is the download link: