My daughter's shirt drawer is fairly empty. It doesn't help that half way through the day she decides that she needs an outfit change and will strip off her shirt and ask for a new shirt. I guess it's time to add some more shirts to that shirt drawer.
Last summer I bought an eyelet shirt from Old Navy that I loved. So at the end of the summer instead of packing it away with the other baby clothes I set it aside so I could copy the idea to make more. I ended up changing it up quite a bit, but the tie straps and the elastic back are design elements from the original top.
It is such a simple top and can be sewn up really quick.
1/2 yard fabric (for size 12-18 months)
1/4 wide elastic (7 1/2 inches long for size 12-18 months)
Double-fold bias tape (you can make your own, or buy a package)
ONE: Cut out pieces. Cut the front from the downloadable pattern, and cut one rectangle 9 inches by 15 inches, and another rectangle 2 inches by 12 inches. Cut bias tape pieces: you will need four 12 inch long pieces for the straps and one 6 1/2 inches long to line the top.
ontinue pulling the elastic through to the end of the casing. Sew the front end of the elastic down. Remove safety pin.
FOUR: Make the ruffle. Begin by taking the rectangle and folding it in half. Sew a gathering stitch along to top (the longest stitch on your machine- mine is a 4). Pull the threads to gather the fabric until the ruffle is 6 1/2 inches long.
FIVE: Baste the ruffle to the top (this will make adding the bias tape much easier).
SIX: sew bias tape onto the top, sandwiching the ruffle in between.
SEVEN: cover the armholes with bias tape, leaving the remaining 7 inches or so of bias tape hang off the top.
EIGHT: Sew front piece and back piece together along sides.
TEN: Attach back bias tape straps.
To keep it neat, sew bias tape strip down with raw side up.
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