Add a neat professional detail to your handmade wardrobe
I love adding details and quirks to my dressmaking projects and one of my favourite techniques is adding pin tucks.
In this tutorial I'll show you how to customise a pattern that you already have for a simple top and show you how to adapt it to include pin tucks.
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Whether you are going to stitch part way down the tucks or the whole way, the following steps will be the same.
First of all decide how many tucks you want – I’m going to have 8 all together in mine. As the pattern is cut on the fold, I’ll have to add 4 to my pattern piece.
I want my tucks to be 1/2 inch apart so for my first tuck I’m going to draw a parallel line 1/4 inch from the centre fold line.
I’m using inches to measure it out as that’s what my ruler is in and it makes it easier to get the lines parallel. You can choose to have them further apart if you want but closer together might get too tricky. Just practise on some scrap fabric if you are not sure how it will look.
Once the fabric is cut out, stay stitch the neckline as normal. Don't sew the dart yet - get the tucks in place first.
Press the centre crease in the garment - this will help to get the first tuck even.
Starting at the tuck closest to the centre (you can do left or right first - it doesn't matter), fold the bodice, wrong sides together and match up the little snips for the first tuck that you made at the neckline and hemline. Press the a crease in the fabric.
Pin in place and sew just a few mm from the fold. If you are only stitching part of the way down then just stop once you reach wherever you want to stop and do a few reverse stitches to secure the threads.
I stopped 9 inches from the neckline edge but you could alter this if you wanted. If you still want it to be fitted over the bust, just make sure you stitch lower than the level of the dart.
Continue the rest of the construction of the top in the same way as per the instructions in the book, making sure the tucks stay pressed in the right direction when you sew on the bias binding at the neckline.