The contestants week 1 made tightfit trousers with invisible zip, cut up a perfectly decent denim shirt rendering it unrecognisable (and, incidentally, in most cases unwearable) then made a summer dress.
Top that! Say I.
But I can’t. Can’t even match it. No. Instead I am going to host my very own mini GBSB with a contestant count of one where I make one very easy garment every week. Not even promising that the garments will go up in difficulty…
So, I’ll start not at the but with a top.
Here’s one I made earlier –
The tricky ‘freestyle’ bit is the Peter Pan collar that I added to a very simple sleeveless garment.
Now let’s start the –
Step 1 – It pays to be organised. Gather all ‘ingredients’ –
- 1 top pattern
- 1 metre of white material (cotton or polycotton)
- white cotton thread
- scissors (large and/or small)
- pins (best kept in pincushion)
- sewing machine
- sewing needle (optional – just in case…)
- iron/ironing board
- music, podcast, radio programme, audio-book (top choice – Ella Fitzgerald – The Best of)
Step 2 – It pays to be organised. Set up the space –
- Thread up sewing machine with white thread
- set up iron and ironing board and give material a press
- clear and clean your work surface (particularly if it’s where you usually eat…)
Step 3 – pin and cut out
- Pin pattern to fabric.
- Cut out as accurately as possible.
This pattern consists of 3 main pattern pieces – 1 front piece (cut on fold) and 2 back pieces. EASY
There are also pieces for the armholes and the neck edge. EASY
As well as having the freestyle Peter Pan collar. PAY ATTENTION (pin double-thickness material to the garment you’re copying and remember to add hem when cutting out)
Cutting out the Pan collar
Step 4 – machine sew
- Sew darts in front piece
- sew 2 back pieces together leaving approximately 6cm open at top
- sew together side seams
- sew together shoulder seams
You have something that looks like a top
UNDERARMS (this is where it starts to get trickier so don’t rush)
- sew underarm pieces together
- ease underarm pieces into main sleeve opening of top – pin carefully then sew
- cut notches into curved edges to help shape
Phew! Have a tea break!
- Sew Peter Pan collar pieces together on outside edges
- turn round the right way
- pin neck edge and Peter Pan collar into place – then sew
- cut notches into curved edges
FINISHING OFF – easy but don’t slack on this – you’ve done the hard part
- sew a loop for button at back / sew on button
- sew hems to neaten back opening
- sew hem at bottom edges (I’ve added side vents)
- overstitch 1 cm at lower part of arm opening as well as 1 cm at upper part ( this stops the arm lining from escaping and looking like scruffy wings)
- overstitch the neck edge to the top edge to stop the neck edge from flapping out
Ta dah! A simple white top with a Peter Pan collar.
Now I’ve got to make two more…