A sleeveless camisole top is a wonderful option for all those looking for a casual fun simple top to wear with their jeans, pants and shorts or even skirts.The classic relaxed style of this Aline silhouette is my favourite casual attire.
To make this top, make a paper pattern on a folded paper; open it up and keep it on the bias grain of the fabric and cut it out.
Pattern for the Camisole top- front
The height of the top I have here is 30 inch.
This is marked as A-D
A-B is the neck width – 3.5″ ( I have increased this a little more to make it a boat shape in my top)
Mark the armhole depth as per the table below A-J
Mark C 3.5 inch down from A. From C mark 3.5 inch inside to O.
Mark A-N – 1/2 of the shoulder ( half of the measure from one shoulder to the other).Mark straight down from N to K on the line J-H ( at armhole depth)Mark 1″ from K to L. Mark 3/4 inch diagonally from L to M. Mark the armhole line touching the M from H to O
Mark B-I as the neck depth 6 -7″ ( This is also individual preference)
Shoulder strap. Measure the distance from H- B. Add the armhole depth ( as per the table) to this ;add 1/2 inch to this ; this is the length of biastape you need for each armhole for the shoulder strap.Ie if the measure from H-B is 10 inch ; when I add armhole depth for me at 7 inch as per the table below and then add another 1/2 inch seam allowance it will be 17.5″- I will cut 2 straps like this.
Back pattern for the camisole top
The back pattern is a copy of the front pattern except the top portion will be cut off.You just need J-H -F-D-J.
Bodices – Cut out fabric pieces from the paper pattern.
Bias tapes – Cut the bias tapes as well. You need 2 shoulder straps ( as per the measure given above) and an extra piece bias tape for the front neck.
Facing for back pattern – you need a piece of facing for the back piece top edge . A piece of fabric strip of width 4 inch and length the width of the back pattern top edge would do as this facing
I also did some small embroidery on the front bodice. Just used 6 strands of embroidery thread to fill in the pattern
Bias bind the front neck
Bias bind the armhole. Complete the shoulder strap.Do this for both armholes
Finish the edges of the back facing piece. Keep it rightside down on the back bodice piece top edges together. Pin in place.
Fold the back piece by 4 . Mark the fold from both the edges – this is where the straps will be joined
Insert the straps in between the facing and the back pieces which are kept right sides together. Stitch the top edge ( with the straps sandwiched between the facing and the back bodice piece)Make two lines of stitches so that straps are securely stitches in place
Top stitch the facing of the back top edge in place
Sew the sideseams. I hid the edges by turning them inside and stitching. Checkout more edge finishing techniques here
Sew the hem by turning under. Blinstitch or make a facing or simply turn under the hem and stitch with sewing machine
If you want real shape give darts near the waist.
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