‘Ticket to Anywhere’ top – Handmade
With summer fast approaching, festival fashion becomes a topic of conversation. The great thing about summer/festival fashion is that it usually doesn’t involve much material and hence, fashion DIY’s can be easy. I made this top whilst watching a couple of episodes of Downton Abbey (I’m an addict). It was super easy, quick, cheap and no-one else will have it. Please read more to find out how I did this and if you have any fashion DIY ideas/posts let me know as I would love to complete some more mini sewing projects.
– Tape Measure
– Thread & Needle
– Knitting Needle
– Sewing Machine (Optional)
*I used a non-stretchy, heavy cotton material but any non-stretchy fabric will be fine. This material is called ‘Ticket to Anywhere’. I used 110cm*30cm.
** I used approx.160cm of elastic.
1. Get all the ingredients ready. The amount of fabric and elastic needed depend on the size you want your top to be (explained in part 3).
2. Measure the amount of elastic needed and cut two pieces. I measured my diameter about 1 inch below my under arm for the upper piece of elastic and a few inches above my waist for the lower piece. If your stretch the elastic round to get the length of elastic needed them add 3cm for a 1.5cm hem allowance either side. The two elastic pieces I used were 82cm and 74cm. 3. Next, it is time to cut the fabric. Measure around the widest diameter needed for the top and add 9cm either side so the top puffs out i.e. so it’s not a tight boobtube (that’s probably not the most technical term…). Add 3cm either side for the seam allowance. The length of my fabric was 110cm (86cm needed + 18cm so it’s not skin tight + 6cm seam allowance).
For the width of the fabric measure from the upper piece of elastic is (1 inch below the under arm) to the lower piece of elastic (a few inches above the waist). Add 12cm (6cm either side) for the hem allowance and additional fabric so it is not skin tight. The width of my fabric was 30cm (18cm needed + 12cm for additional fabric and hem allowance).
4. Hem the length of your fabric on both sides so it doesn’t fray. 5. Take your piece of elastic and place it on the inside of the hem. Fold the hem over the elastic and pin.Take the piece of elastic out of this new larger hem – it will be used later.
8. Selotape the top of the elastic to the end of the knitting needle***. Push the needle through the larger hem you have just created. Hold the free end of the elastic as you push the needle through and out the opposite end of the hem. Once the needle is through pin and sew the ends of the elastic so they hold.
***Use plenty of selotape as the elastic sometimes pings off the needle which is quite annoying!
10. Repeat on the opposite length of the fabric.
11. Fold fabric in half with the right sides facing. Pin and sew the sides of the top together. Turn the fabric the right way. It is then ready to wear!
I’ve worn it with a sheer cream shirt and a black skirt today since I looked out the window this morning and it was pouring down with rain but I’m hoping to make shorts in matching material which will be perfect for summer holidays. Let me know if you make this as it would be great to know how it goes.
Have a great weekend.
Love, Hannah x