Saturday, August 13, 2011

Draped Jersey Circle Top Tutorial


(yep, my sister's wearing pajama pants... i advise that you don't wear it like this, haha)

You may have noticed that I like really, simple shaped clothing. Like, 1-3 pieces total. This is no exception. A total of 2 seams (3 if you add a neckband) and 2 pieces (or 1, if you don't add a neckband). I've seen these EVERYWHERE, and they retail for around $20-$40, sometimes more and sometimes less.

To me, that's crazy! A piece of cloth cut into a circle for $30?! Anyone can make it, so buy some jersey and get started! One of my easiest, prettiest, most effortless things I've ever made, and I wasn't even sure if it would turn out alright.

Materials: 1.5 yds of jersey of 60" jersey 60" x 54" [it doesn't have to be 60"] (i used 1 yd, but i turned it the other way so that it was 36" at the top and bottom and 60" at the sides, but since it was 4 way stretch it was stretchy in all directions so it didn't really matter. if you have not-very-stretchy jersey i'd get 1.5 yds), thread, scissors, tape measure, sewing machine, an existing t-shirt that fits

1. Fold fabric in half so you have a rectangle that's 60" X 27."


2. Determine how long you want your top. I decided on 24." Cut some fabric off the bottom opposite the fold. So you'd cut 3" off the bottom so you'd have a folded rectangle of 60" x 24."


3. Decide on how long you want the sleeves. I had my mom hold out her arms so I could measure from where I wanted the sleeve, up over her shoulders, and back down. I chose 30."

4. Cut off fabric from the side. You'd get 30" x 24." The fold would be on a 30" side, or however long your sleeve arm span was.


5. On the bottom opposite the fold, cut and curve the corner. Fold the fabric in half, and mimic the curve on the opposite side. Now unfold and even out your half circle.




6. Fold your semicircle back into a quarter and cut out a neckhole. The front should dip deeper than the back. I made mine too big, but I'll show you how to fix it in the end.

7. Take your existing shirt and center it on your circle. Measure about 2" out from the side of the tee and mark with a pin. Repeat on the other side.


8. Measure the circumference of your armpit, divide by 2, and add 3." I got 12," I divided by 2 (6"), and added 3" (9"). Lining up with the pins you placed in step 7, measure 9" down from the shoulder and mark with another pin.


9. Now, lining up with the pins from step 7, sew from the bottom up and stop at your pin, or stop 9" from the top (or whatever your armpit measurement was). Repeat on the other side.



(red: cut, blue: sew, purple: fabric)
10. You can add a neckband here if you'd like. Cut a strip of fabric a couple inches shorter than the circumference of your neckhole, sew the ends together, and fold it in half so you have a double layer tube. Then just stretch it to fit the neckhole, pin, and sew the raw edges together, right sides together. (tutorial for this method here, here, and here, except I don't cut my neckband strip that short in the first tutorial, only a few inches shorter than the neckhole circumference) If you're jersey isn't stretchy, bind the neckhole. There's a good tutorial here (the method at the end). You're finished! You now have a drapey top!

OPTIONAL: If you're like me, and made the neck hole too big, you can fix it easily. What I did was on the back, I hand sewed a running stitch on the center 6" (i marked the middle of the back with a pin and did a running stitch on 3" to either side), then pulled the thread to make a nice, soft, gathered detail. Then I just added the neckband, and voila! I love it! This is what it looks like:
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Have a lovely day! o(^__^o)

P.S. Don't be like me and use white thread. Try and get thread that matches the fabric, because even though I've been sewing for a long time, I still can't sew in a straight line.

P.P.S. Isn't my sister a good model?

71 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I've been wanting a tutorial for one of these for so long -- thanks for making one! Now I can finally try and make my own circle top! ^^

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  2. Super cute and easy! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  3. This is gorgeous, and just my kind of shirt! One question though, as I didn't see it anywhere in the article...can I ask how much it cost you to make? (supplies wise) That way I can have an idea. Thanks!

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  4. The jersey was 2.39, but most jersey ranges from $2-$7, sometimes less, sometimes more. For me I had all the supplies so it only cost $2.39. Hope you like it! o(^__^o)

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  5. I adore this type of fit! It looks like something even I could make lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love it! so simple.... and I have the PERFECT fabric for this project (and only 2€/ m!). Where are my scissors? Mwhahahahahaaaaa!

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  7. I can't believe it so simple and so cute! I totally want to make one. I'd love for you to link this to my linky party this week.

    blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

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  8. great tutorial.it's so simple!

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  9. Hello
    I just wanted to let you know that I have mentioned you in one of my posts. If you wish for me to remove any content please let me know

    Cheers
    Jennifer
    www.eatcraftsow.blogspot.com

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  10. I've been looking for a great tut to make one of these. Love the top!!

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  11. Oh my gosh! This looks so cute! I too was amazed at the class of these tops and took it upon myself to make one. I think its so cool that you are a teen with a sewing blog too. Check out my blog at:
    www.teensew.blogspot.com

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  12. I made a shirt using this tutorial the day I saw it! I LOVE my shirt and wore it for the rest of the day. I posted the shirt on my blog:

    http://sewkool.blogspot.com/2011/08/circle-shirt.html

    ♥Adeela♥

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  13. Just wanted to let you know I will be featuring you tomorrow. Stop by and grab a button!

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  14. This is so pretty great job!

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  15. It looks great on you!

    Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time. I am going to have another fun give away at this weeks linky, hope to see you soon.

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  16. I like the slight gathers where you fixed the oversized neck opening and am thinking it might be cute to do that, on purpose, in the front!! Very cute top!!

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  17. Very nice, I was planning on making me one from a video I watched on youtube. So I guess this have confirmed it, I'm making me one.......LOL

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  18. Great job on this! Very stylish.

    -found you via Craft Gossip.

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  19. Love love love love love love love love love this! I need to make dozens of these for myself and my daughter. THANK YOU!!!

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  20. I just bought a top like this. It's my new favorite, but I kept wondering if I could make my own since it looked so easy. I'm glad to know it is.

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  21. Shirts like this are so comfortable and fashionable! Awesome job!
    We would love to have you come join us on Tuesday, Crafty Lassie Tuesday, and link up! It will be our second party and we had a wonderful turn out this past week. Hope to see you there!
    Thanks,
    Heather & Rose
    www.sewstylishboutique.blogspot.com

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  22. Nay - This looks fabulous! I just tried like 10 of these shirts on last week and love how comfortable they are. Great job - Your shirt looks fantastic! I'll be featuring this later on tonight. Thanks for joining the Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  23. I bought a circle top recently but only because it was on the clearance rack at work so I got it super cheap with my discount but I totally want more so this tutorial is perfect. thanks for sharing

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  24. This is amazing! I can't believe your age. YOu have mega talent!!!! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  25. LOVE it!!!! This is such a popular style right now...you did such a nice job.

    Id love for you to come by my place and link this up to my new diy fashion linky party called DIY Diva on Thursdays!

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  26. This is awesome! I am totally making me a new work top!!!

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  27. This is so cute and looks very easy! I might have to make this my first attempt at making my own clothing.

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  28. Oooooh, this is a great idea. I am totally going to do this with some extra fabric I found. ^_^ Thank you!

    BTW, it's nice to see other young crafters around the blogosphere! Although you are even younger than me! I'm loving your stuff. :D

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  29. Thanks for the great tutorial! I was at Target with my mom and my aunt who was saying she wants to make one of these shirts! I would love for you to stop over at my site and share this at my brand, spankin new link party!

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  30. Big, puffy heart LOVE! You got serious skills, girl!

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  31. You've inspired me! I'm your newest follower. I love how you're half my age and already going places! Fantastic blog work. Check me out too if you get a chance - tons of before and afters .... but only a couple clothing makeovers since my sewing machine scares me... just a little! But I reeeeally wanna try this shirt!! If I get brave and make it, I'll post and link back to you! :)

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  32. Can't wait to try out of a few of your tutorials! Please keep them coming!

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  33. I keep seeing these in the store and wanted to buy one, but now... I'll just make it! Thanks for the sharing the tutorial!

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  34. I seriously just bought a top like this at Target less than an hour ago! Now I am make my own!

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  35. It's nice! I was thinking of making this exact thing yesterday. You can just create a circle skirt and then sew up the arms, isn't that easier?

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  36. Awesome tutorial. You are sooo talented! And your sister indeed makes a spectacular model.

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  37. I'm a beginner at sewing. I'd love to make this. How would I make it plus size?

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  38. thanks everyone for the nice comments!
    Hannah-yes, I suppose you could do that, hadn't thought of it that way, haha. :) however, you'd still have to make the front of the circle dip deeper than the back for the neckline.

    Elizabeth-I think my instructions would work for plus size as well. Just take all your measurements and start!

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  39. I just helped my almost 5yr old daughter make this shirt (scaled down) in about 20 minutes. Thanks!!!

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  40. I made this today and it looks super adorable :D Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial!

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  41. I really like this! Will try to make this soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Wow!! thats amazing and so incredibly simple and easy to make. Definately on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing.

    Clare
    http://www.claremarion.blogspot.com.au/

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  43. Thank you so much for posting! I cannot wait to try this! I am your newest follower and I would love it if you stopped by sometime to say, "Hi"! http://www.nstitchesdesigns.blogspot.com

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  44. Thanks for the tutorial. I made a shirt out of this if you would like to see it I posted about it here- http://xstitchandcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/02/three-hour-shirt-for-me.html

    Thanks again!

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  45. I've been staring at an extra piece of fabric for about a mont now wanting to do this and I just didn't have the guts to go for it anyway (because I am in love with the fabric and I didn't want to waste it) THANK YOU for this tutorial this totally just made my day. It is so easy to follow (love the little diagram hehe)
    Stay Crafty x0x0
    Jess
    {www.CraftyNonsenseNoted.com}

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  46. love this! Pinned it. I like to invite you to my party. You can win a chance at $25 of free fabric just for linking up:http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/02/linky-31-will-craft-forfree-fabric.html

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  47. Congrats, you won $25 of fabric: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/03/features-and-winner.html

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  48. Just made this top today. Thank you for the tutorial! I love it!

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  49. Hey- just wanted to let you know I pinned this post that there were TONS of repins! SUch a great blog!!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/128071183123379243/

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  50. Thanks for this, I wanted to get back into sewing and this was the perfect project to start with! I do have to finish the neckline still and also I cut it too big (super strechy jersey) but so far I love it. Thanks!

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  51. Thanks for this great tutorial! We love it so much that we've featured it on Mom Prepares! http://momprepares.com/2012/05/17/nine-free-and-awesome-sewing-tutorials-for-mom/3/

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  52. I'll have to try this. I'm going to follow you on Bloglovin (^_^)

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  53. Thanks for this DIY!


    xoxo, Liz

    imwildcat.blogspot.com

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  54. This is the best batwing tutorial I've seen yet! Thanks!

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  55. Is that your sister??? She's gorgeous! I love your tutorial too... i faved it in sew set and pinned it ;). Have a lovely day ;)

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  56. My sewing machine died recently, but this was so simple that I was able to sew it by hand rather quickly. Thanks for the great pattern idea! It's so easy to adjust, too. I made mine a bit longer in the sleeves for personal preference. Though I made the neckline the right size, it looks odd not having the binding over it, so I'll be adding that next, but again, such a simple and straightforward pattern you shared that it's an easy fix. Thank you!

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  57. This is really cute!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  58. I LOVE this! I made one and it was super easy! Thanks!

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  59. I have a question--- would it be possible to get a similar effect by using 100% cotton fabric? I don't have jersey fabric, and my machine doesn't work on that kind of fabric.

    Thanks!

    ~Jo

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    1. It could work, though you should try and use very lightweight, flowy cotton. There is a drapey top that uses cotton here (http://www.etsy.com/listing/110245296/miss-mod-top-sewing-patterns-sewing), and it seems to work pretty well. Hope you try and experiment! :)

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  60. Wow! So simple and so pretty. I am def. gonna make this!!

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  61. Hello, I really appreciate your tutorial and I think the shirt looks great but I am having a very hard time understanding the instructions.

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    1. the shirt is basically a large circle with a hole in the middle for the headhole, and then folded in half to make a semicircle. Then you sew up the sides following the diagram. sorry, i'm not sure how else to explain :/

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  62. this is great! what an easy step by step tutorial! Thanks!!

    http://dolldefined.blogspot.com/

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  63. I love this! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  64. So there's no hemming along the bottom or the edge of the sleeves?

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  65. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much for explaining it so simply.

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  66. I saw this on pinterest and had to come over and check it out. It's such a cute idea!! I'll be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing (^_^)

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  67. Wow that looks sooooo cute i love those tops :-)

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  68. It looks very easy. I think I have to try to do this.
    Have a nice summer. // vonna

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  69. hi from Italy. I did it this morning and it's lovely! thanks.

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