Finally – a tutorial.

Hats off to all the craftpersons who take the time out to do a tute…I bow to you!

A month back I had made this top for Scooby. It was inspired from the need to use a very square piece of fabric. Came out flirty and nice AND super easy! Figured a tutorial was in order.

And then we were to meet a dear friend and her children in Chennai a couple of weeks back (which did not happen) and I decided to make one for her daughter and do a tutorial…

So, here I go.

I took an existing bodice pattern of Scooby (You could use a T-shirt to create one) and modified it to get the desired shape.

Couple of points while modifying an existing bodice- The armhole will sit a little higher than the usual armhole. The girth will be a little less otherwise the ties may keep slipping off.

Then I used the pattern to give me the following pieces for the bodice. I made my pattern such that back and front are the same. I cut the front bodice and lining on a fold and added  3cms to give me the back placket overlap and the seam allowance.

Further I cut out a square for the skirt. The math behind the square is as follows.

I needed 24cms as the side seam length from the armhole. I gave in 4 cms to the bodice and 20cms for the bottom part.

Also I need to cut a hole through the square such that I can attach the skirt to the bodice. For that I took the bodice girth (Including the 2 cms for the plackets). Made by Dana has an excellent tutorial on the circle skirt which will give you the idea on the radius to cut to achieve the girth.

You can choose to cut the centre back seam however you want the corners of the square to fall on the body. In this case I wanted the points to fall at the side seams and the centre back and front

Now the ties.

Cut four  3cms x 45cms rectangles.

At this stage add any details that you want on the bodice piece. I made a flower. In the previous top I had made the flower afterwards and used a safety pin to attach to the bodice.

Prepare the ties by folding and ironing in half. Followed by folding the edges to the fold line.

Attach the side seam of the bodice and the lining. Iron the side seam outwards such that it is split away from the seam.

Now tack the ties to the bodice such that the ties are tucked in.

Then stitch around the bodice, including the placket excluding the bottom edge to attach the skirt.

Prepare the skirt by hemming all around and the centre back.

You could choose to hem the centre back at this stage and do the bottom hem as the last operation to account for any up-down while stitching centre back.

Now attach the Skirt to the bodice.

When I sandwich a fabric between two layers, (in this case skirt between the bodice and the lining), I like to do it in two steps. I ironed the top layer as per the seam allowance and then attached the skirt to the bottom layer and then top stitched the top layer of the bodice to the skirt.

Then top stitch all around the bodice

Now close the Centre back by overlapping the placket allowance and top stitching till the bodice. Do not top-stich the bodice at centre back so that the plackets are free to be used as a closure.

Now add the closure as you would like it-buttons, hook and eye or snap buttons.

That’s the flower at the back.

The front is

The back