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Create a simple yet sassy summer top with your most outlandish material!
I first developed this to save money, as I'd paid alot for Sailor Jerry material, which I have recently discovered is reasonably priced from Etsy.com from America.
The black panels down each side take away from the heavy patterns and make the tops easier on the eye! Also, the black fabric is stretchy enough to make the top fitted without any difficult stiching :D

Posted by annie from Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom • Published See annie's 4 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Firstly, measure your bust and the length of your torso from your armpit to just above your hips. I will use my measurements as an example. I measure a meager 32 inches around, and 16 length, so to be safe,and for hemming, I will use a little extra, making it 36 around and 18 length.

  • How to make a strapless top. Eezy Peezy Strapless Top! - Step 2
    Step 2

    The front and back panels will consist of your patterned cotton material, and I like these panels about 10 inches across. So, taking 20 inches from the 36 leaves us with 16 inches to split into two for the black stretchy panels, will makes them 8 inches wide each. The diagram should clear things up for you! Obviously, your own measurements apply, with a little extra for hemming!

  • Step 3

    Next, using your sewing machine, use a simple stich to sew together the panels, so that you have a long rectangle of black, then pattern, then black, then pattern. Hem along the top and bottom, and finally sew the top together, tidying any loose cotton away after. Its that simple!

  • Step 4

    The stretchy fabric should allow you enough give to get the top on and off, I like to stich about 3 times for each panel just to make sure I don't break it!
    Add bows, buttons and badges as necessary :D
    Et voila!

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jenny.furner
jenny.furner · Boggabri, New South Wales, AU · 2 projects
I looked EVERYWHERE for a strapless top i could make! All the patterns i found were really stupid and confusing, but i came across this and i was like " :O this is amazing!" I'm using this for an evening gown thingo that is a top and skirt for a party this weekend, and the top is going to be gold glitter with beige stretchy side panels. I'll upload my version when it's done. Thank you so much! You're a lifesaver!
Also, we are the same size! :O
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Fondango F.
Fondango F.
I needed something like this for my homecoming dress! Thank you so much! BUt how does it hold up?
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Angie G.
Angie G.
I Love Designs Like This !!!!!! I Love It You Have Amazing Talent
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emmilou w.
emmilou w. · Wallasey, England, GB · 12 projects
love this top - simple but tres chic!!
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Cassandra*
Cassandra*
im just barley enough for this top but i hae enough to hold it up not much but enuogh
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vonnie A.
vonnie A. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US
i love your strapless top
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Song Il
Song Il · 4 projects
I love it! Happy
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Song Il
Song Il · 4 projects
I love it! Happy
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Cat
Cat · Dover, Delaware, US · 20 projects
Cute idea! I will have to try this with my expensive fabric i don't want to waste lol.
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Stila
Stila · Mezzano, Emilia-Romagna, IT · 5 projects
I have made a similar top with fabric scraps, now i must try your version!
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