A boho style calls for clothing in natural fabric, just right for layering. Free, Flowing, Casual – many adjectives that fit the bohemian style resonates with this top. That is why I call this the Boho top
Checkout the 15 elements of a boho style
It is basically a very very easy top – to sew and to wear. Very breezy because there is no side seam. The top has split open batwing sleeves. Checkout the 15 dressmaking tips to follow for good sewing.
The top needs almost 1.5 meters (1.7 yards ) of fabric which is atleast 39 inch wide.
Pattern for the top. This pattern is same for the back and front except for the necklines.
Cut 50 inch fabric , fold by half crosswise, then again fold by the center. Checkout this post on cutting fabric for more details. Mark the pattern. The pattern is same for front and back. Only difference is the back and front neck depth.
- A-E = 25″ This is the length of the bodice piece
- A-B = 4.5 ” This is the neck width.
- A-C= 18.5″
C-D= 3″ Come down from C to 3″ at D. Join B to D in a slope
- B-G = 3″( This is the area for shoulder which you will be joining)
- E-F = 1/4 of Hip round + 2.5″
A-G = Back neck = 2″
A-H = Front neck = 4″
Cut out the front bodice piece and back bodice piece
Join the shoulders right sides together where you have marked B-G
Finish the fabric edges of the sides and from C-G on both sides. I just made a rolled edge finish with the rolled edge foot in my sewing machine. Remeber that this will be hanging and needs a neat finish. Checkout this tutorial to use the hemmer foot correctly for a neat finish
Pin the side seams together , overlapping them just 1/2 inch ; on both sides
Measure the fabric edge at the bottom . Add 1 inch seam allowance. Cut out a fabric band strip with this measure. Width should be 4 inch.
Join the band edges together to make a tube.
Fold along the center keeping the long fabric edges together. Pin together.
Keep the bodice’s bottom edge inside the tube you have made ( which is pinned with the fabric edges together)Sew the edges together.
Now you have to bind the neckline.
Cut out a bias binding strip 1.5 inch wide for binding the neckline. Fold the bias binding lengthwise so that the edges are together. Keep it on top of the neckline of the bodice ( rightside up). Stitch the fabric edges together. When you reach where you started join the band edges together.
Understitch the seam allowance and the binding together, very close to the stitching line. This is so that the binding will roll to the other side easily
Flip the binding to the backside. Get a hand needle and thread and stitch the binding in place with small whipping stitches. You can use machine stitching as well. But I prefer the invisiblility of hand sewing stitches.
Checkout this post on the basic hand sewing stitches.
You can turn your scarves into tops which is a similar style by following the tutorial for scarf-tops here