I know that this camisole top pattern will bring a smile to your face because it's one of the most versatile patterns out there. All you need to do is change the type of fabric and you can make numerous tops; from comfy pajamas all the way to a lovely top for a fancy party.
For now, though, we will concentrate on making this camisole top to use with the walking shorts from a few projects ago. For the fabric, I am using some lovely cotton that I picked up years ago from Japan. The best fabric for this project is 100% cotton woven or knitted, but you can check my other fabric suggestions below from that are available easily on Amazon.com.
This camisole top has an easily adjustable bra strap and underbust gathers to give a more flattering look and room for the bust.
There is a shirred back to allow you room for movement and better support should you choose to not wear a bra.
And there's a cute ruffled hem for a more feminine look.
This project is also a perfect opportunity to practice changing the dials of the overlocker (which can be tricky at first). I had the opportunity to test the amazing Bernina 1300 MDC for this project. I must say the results are professional and I love the machine, however, the price of the machine left me gasping for air. I normally use a Bernina FunLock 008D. It's very old and in need of maintenance, but it still manages to do the job.
Really, any overlocker can do a narrow hem such as the one I was able to accomplish, however, be sure to read your manual. There is great information in those pages and all you need to know to be able to get the most out of your machine.
Sewing Level: Intermediate
In order to succeed using this camisole top pattern, you need to know how to make a bra strap, shirr fabric using your sewing machine, and make a tiny hem. Unfortunately, we do not have a tutorial on how to shirr fabric using the sewing machine, so I will write it up in the next few days. If you can't wait for that, or are allergic to elastic or need more support for your bust, I recommend this technique: shirring without elastic thread.
If you do not have an overlocker but still would like to have the ruffle detail you can use a double edge lace.
|Bust||31 1/2″||33″||34 1/2″||36″||37 1/2″||39″||41″||43″|
|Waist||24 1/2″||26″||27 1/2″||29″||30 1/2″||32″||33 1/2″||36″|
|Hips||33 3/4″||35″||37″||38 1/2″||40″||41 1/2″||43″||45″|
Fabric Suggestions from Amazon.com
Materials For The Top
- 1 to 1.25 yards of 100% cotton
- 1 spool of elastic thread
- Thread to match
- 15 to 20″s of 1/4″ elastic
Materials For The Bra Straps
- 40″ of bra strap elastic
- 2 rings the width of the elastic
- 2 sliders the width of the ring
- Sewing machine
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How To Sew Your Camisole Top
This pattern does not have a seam allowance. I like to work with a 3/8″ (1cm).
Make The Bra Straps
I have not written a separate tutorial on how to make a bra strap, however, I have used them in a few other So Sew Easy patterns. If you can not wait until next week when I write the instructions, please have a look at the bralette instructions as the straps in that project are exactly the same.
Sewing The Front
Gather each cup about 2.5″ spreading the gathers evenly right under the nipple.
Gather all four cups.
Place two cups print side up and lay the end of the bra strap towards the top and allow to hang towards the gathers.
Lay the other two cups print side down and sew following the red stitches below.
Clip the corners and reduce the seam allowance to 1/4″ (.5cm). Turn the cups right side up and iron.
Join the cups to the front bodice start front the side to the center. Overlapping the cups at the front.
Making The Ruffles
Measure the length of the top of the cup and double it in size. Measure the underbust seam and double it in size.
Make a small hem with your overlocker or make a small hem with your sewing machine. The ruffles are Your length X 1″ wide.
Gather the ruffles in the middle.
Sew the ruffles starting at the top of the bust towards the center then add the one under the bust. Pull out the gathering thread.
Making The Back
Serge the top of the back.
1 1/4″ from the serged edge start to shirr the fabric. Follow the table on the pattern for your size.
Print sides together, sew from the hem to the armpits. You will notice a 1/2″ difference. This space is where the 1/4″ inch elastic will go. Pin the elastic to the seam allowance and fold the edge over the elastic and sew. Overlock the sides and the hemline.
Adding The Hem Ruffle
To make the hem ruffle you need to cut two strips of fabric 2 1/2″ in width times the amount shown on the chart below. Choose according to your size. You will need two strips one for the front and one for the back.
Sew the ruffle to the hem at 3/8″ from the edge, and you should be all done!
Also, if you are using knit, the best hem to use will be a lettuce hem. Check out the tutorial below for a great guide.
I hope you are able to use your overlocker with this camisole top pattern and get some good practice with that very useful machine.
I'm sure this camisole top pattern will become a regular in your summer wardrobe. It's just so easy to change and easier to wear. This top looks so great with a cardigan, under a jacket or to simply with your favorite pair of shorts.
Anyways, look out for more tutorials coming soon. Until then, Happy Sewing!