Easy and comfy!
I didn't quite know how to call this, but since it kind of looks like a bubble top, I settled for "bubbly top" :)
The flower was inspired from Stacie G.'s tutorial "Flowers for a shirt". Thank you Stacie!
This is my first how to, so any comment on to be clearer or helpfull are most welcome.
(Sorry in advance for my so-not-perfect english!)
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Now grab your t-shirt and cut a tube from it as in the image. The tube should be your above chest measurement + 15 cm ( 6") wide and approximately 50 cm (16") long, depending on how long you want your top to be. Don't forget to add some seam allowance!
(Please note that we'll be adding later a rather large stripe of fabric at the bottom, so don't worry if it seems too short now.)
IMPORTANT: keep in mind that the bottom seam of the t-shirt will be very helpfull, so don't cut it from the tube.
Do you remember me telling you to keep the original bottom seam of the t-shirt? Well, for the ruffly effect,we will now insert some elastic in the casing formed by that seam (this will be the upper part of the top). The elastic should be your above chest measurement - 3 cm (1,5"). Use a safety pin to get the elastic through the casing.
Oh oh... You'll find the casing is closed on both side. No worries, just open two small holes (they won't fray, don't worry) on each side of the tube's side seam so that you can pass the elastic band through them. Once you've reached the other end of the elastic, sew them together.
This is the most difficult part, gathering both pieces.
As you can see, the detached bottom part is not as wide as the tube's bottom. This will give the bubble effect to the top.
Flip the top over so that the wrong sides (as in the inside of the top) are facing you.
Using a zig zag stitch, gather the bottom part to the top, stretching lengthwise ONLY the bottom stripe as you're sewing.