Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Knit Wrap Top Sew-Along #5: Steps 6-8

At this point, you should have two of the main top, as outlined in the last post.

Note: We're skipping step 5 in the directions (turning in the sleeve hem seam allowance) because I'm going to show you a nifty way to sew the sleeve hems by machine. 

So we are now on step 6! This is where we sew the ties. You cut out four of pattern piece #2, and now we're going to sew them together in pairs. Put two of the tie pieces right sides together and stitch them together, leaving an opening at the short end of the tie. Use a straight stitch and stretch the fabric slightly as you sew. 

Next, trim down the corners of the tie to remove bulk.

Turn the tie right side out. This is easy to do by just sticking your hand in and pulling the tie right side out. Make sure the corners are pulled out for a sharp appearance. Press the tie flat.

Baste the short ends of the tie together, using a long machine stitch (4-5mm) and a 1/2" seam allowance.

Repeat this whole process with the other set of ties. 

Next, we're going to baste the ties to the top where you created the gathering stitches. First, pull the bobbin threads of the gathering stitches. You want to pull them enough so that the ties will fit between the circles on the front piece. Adjust the gathers as necessary.

Pin the tie to the gathered portion so that it fits between the circles you marked after cutting. you'll have a seam allowance on the top and the bottom.

Stitch the ties to the top with a long basting stitch and a 1/2" seam allowance.

You now have both ties attached to the top!

In the next installment, we'll sew the lining to the top. And then we're practically done!


  1. I'm glad you're showing another way to hem the sleeves. I usually figure a better way to sew garments instead of following pattern directions.

  2. The more I see of this pattern, the more excited I am to get it for myself for Christmas. :)

  3. I jumped in late in the game because I just could not get your gray one out of my mind! ... Well the gray sateen skirt too, so when my JoAnn's had it on sale this weekend, I bought some and will be a copy cat dirty rat, my apologies. ;)

    So glad you'll be showing a machine way to finish the sleeve hems, I suspected there was a way but haven't gotten to that step yet. I can really see a colorful army of these in my closet! I'd also love to figure out some way to hack it to not have ties, for those times when you want a little less fuss. I figure once I have one or two under my belt I'll understand the construction better and maybe can visualize something. :)

  4. Please forgive the absolute beginner, but you attach both of the ties to the same top piece, right? Neither of the ties are sewn to the lining piece?

    1. Yes, attach them both to the same piece. So you'll have one piece with two ties, and one piece without any. Let me know if you have any more questions!

  5. Wow! Wonderful fabric! Color is really bright, it will be a really eye-caching thing:)


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