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This summer (although it is ending soon) is flooded with designs that show off wearer’s back, and I’ve just made a simple design with this feature for you to keep up with the trend – the Madeline low back puffed sleeve top. This design is actually versatile and can be mixed with many pieces of clothing. Want to show off your flawless back? Wear it alone. Want to look modest? Wear under a jacket or blazer. Skirts, shorts, jeans all can go well with it.
Now let’s see the 3D simulation for this beautiful top, maybe you can find some idea for your next project:
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a dress from this pattern.
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 MADELINE LOW BACK PUFFED SLEEVE TOP
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Bias tape
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for either knit or woven fabric. You can make it with almost any fabric you have.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? Not too much, but to be precise, 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 piece on the fold
- Back: 1 piece on the fold
- Sleeve: 2 pieces
- Sleeve cuff: 2 pieces on the fold
- Bias tape to finish the neckline
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric, you can skip this step.
2. Place Front and Back pieces right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder and side seams.
3. Sew two parallel lines using longest stitch length 1/4 and 1/8 inch from the lower edge of the sleeve. Pull the threads to gather the edge so that it matches the length of the Sleeve Cuff.
4. Pin and sew the side seam of the Sleeve.
5. Pin and sew the side seam of the Sleeve Cuff. Press the seam open. Fold the Sleeve Cuff in half and press.
6. Pin the Sleeve and the Sleeve Cuff right side facing (remember to keep the gathering evenly). Sew to join the Sleeve Cuff to the Sleeve.
7. Turn the Sleeve out. Pin it to the armhole of the garment so that the notches match (note that there is one notch at the front armhole and two notches at the back armhole). Sew to attach the Sleeve to the garment.
8. Use bias binding to finish the neckline. You can also add two pieces of straps to the back of the blouse and make a tie. It will add some details to the whole outfit.
9. Hem the blouse, and you’ve done!
And here is the download link:
MADELINE LOW BACK PUFFED SLEEVE TOP (SIZE XXS-5XL)
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns