This past weekend I visited with sewing friends Susan of Crafterhours and Alida of Alida Makes, love them both! The day before I was supposed to leave, I realized…GASP, I had nothing NEW and handmade to wear. I know, #sewingproblems. Lol – but really, when you are seeing great friends that all love sewing, it is so much more fun to be wearing something new and handmade! Enter the Deep V Neck Top. With Spring just around the corner and fabric that was burning a hole in my stash, it was a no brainer.
I purchased the pattern for the Deep V Neck Top from BurdaStyle a while ago, and have just been waiting for the right opportunity to work with it. Although after I printed out the pattern, I realized I wasn’t in love with some of its construction. For example, I did not want a center seam down the front of my shirt, nor did I feel like dealing with pleats when my goal was a ‘quick’ sew. Furthermore, until skinny /legging jeans go out of style, I prefer to cover my bum whenever possible. The hi-low hem is still alive and well in my house for that very reason. Ha! So here is what I did, to make the BurdaStyle Deep V Neck Top work for me…
Deep V Neck Top – a Pattern Alteration.
- Deep V Neck Top
- 2.5 yds Fabric
- Basic Sewing Essentials
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
*The fabric used for my top can be found here: Royal Blue Off White Navajo Ethnic Peach Skin Fabric
- Print out all pattern pieces and tape them together as instructed. (Remember, BurdaStyle does NOT include seam allowances!!!). Cut the Front Pattern piece on the FOLD, not adding seam allowance to that center front seam.
- Cut the back pattern piece on the FOLD as well. Cut out remaining pattern pieces as is from fabric.
- For ease, I used handmade bias tape to finish my neckline and sleeve hems. You may choose to do this, or use the pattern pieces included in the BurdaStyle pattern.
- Sew a line of gathering stitches in the top center of the Back Pattern piece.
- Pull bobbin threads to gather fabric, until your back pattern piece is the same width as the back yoke. Sew the back pattern piece and the back yoke right sides together. Press seam.
- Sew sleeves together as instructed. Sew back and front pattern pieces together at shoulder seams. Sew the sleeve to the armsyce. Sew side seams together.
- Add bias tape to neckline and sleeve hems.
- Lay out your Top so that the side seam and sleeve is in the center, and the front and back center are on the sides. Cut a line where you want the hem to be, arcing down towards the back for that hi-low hem. Finish hemming the bottom of your shirt, and you are done!
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