Our first summer project is going to be an easy-to-make spaghetti strap top pattern. It's a classic casual piece of clothing that's probably in every woman's wardrobe. But….
This is a big but, and one that I had a hard time understanding until I had a talk with my mom, a friend, and one of my aunts. They all had the same thing to say about this style of dressing. They all agreed that there comes a time in a woman's life when you do not want to show your arms. I wanted to ask, what happens on very warm days? Wearing long sleeves in the heat seems like torture to me.
So I thought I would come up with a few options for you ladies who don't care about showing your arms and want to look and feel comfortable in the summer heat. Here is the first project for Summer 2021. In a subsequent project, we'll explore options to add to this top for the ladies, like my aunt, who don't want to show their arms. But let's start with the basic spaghetti top pattern here.
This design features a lingerie style in keeping with the current trend. It has gathers at the bust to accommodate your girls without the need for a bra.
And elastic at the back for ease and comfort.
With crossed straps at the back for a sexy detail.
- choice of linen, cotton batiste, cotton eyelet, silk, rayon woven or knit (1 to 1/2 yards, 54″ wide)
- thread to match
- 3/8″ elastic enough for the back depending on your size
- sewing machine (optional)
- sewing machine Needle Size 70
- loop turner
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Sewing Level: Beginner
This spaghetti strap top pattern is a perfect first project. Almost any sewer can make this in no time at all.
How To Print And Download The Spaghetti Strap Top Pattern
Please use Adobe Reader, print in Landscape Mode and do not scale.
Cutting Instructions for the straps
Below are suggested measurements, please measure from your arm pit over the shoulder across the back to make sure the strap is large enough to cross your back.
|S||26″ X 1″|
|M||27″ X 1″|
|L||28″ X 1″|
|XL||29″ X 1″|
|2XL||30″ X 1″|
There is no seam allowance included in the pattern. Please add 1/2″ to 5/8″ to the project.
Although this is an easy project to make you will require the basic knowledge of sewing, or at least how to avoid some of the most common sewing mistakes.
Step One: Sewing The Upper Part
You will need to cut four pieces to make the upper part of the top.
Place print side together. Sew the upper side at 1/2″. Sew the sides.
Trim the seam allowance by half.
Turn print side out. Sew a stitching line 1/2″ along the rounded part making a channel.
Insert the spaghetti strap and stay stitch it at the bottom.
Step Two: Sewing The Lower Part
Print sides together join the back and front of the lower part of the top.
Align the sides starting at the hem. You will notice that the top side at the back will have a 1/2″ more. This will be because of the casing for the elastic.
You can finish the seam using the turn under method, zigzag or with your serger.
We will work on the back before we join the two sides together. Serge the back and turn 1/2″ then sew, making a channel for the elastics.
Use the loop turner to insert the elastic on the back
Place the back print side out and sew the sides. Print sides together pin the sides together.
Step Three: Attaching The Elastic, Strap, And Hemming
Pin the elastic on the other side.
Sew the sides, catching the elastic con both sides.
Pull the strap at the front making gathers and crisscross the strap. Sew in place leaving around 7″ distance when the elastic is stretched.
Finally serge the hem and sew at 1/2″.
There are no instructions for making the straps because I will be making a separate tutorial for them.
This spaghetti strap top pattern is part of a set, so wait for the rest of the patterns to put the look together. I have used muslin for my top to try out the pattern, but I will be shortening the length and using silk or rayon for a more fluid look.
As you can see this was quite an easy project to make. I will be looking forward to your pictures on Instagram so please share and tag! If you do not have Instagram you can send them to me via email and I will share them on our account. I am hoping to share many of your projects there and make Instagram an interesting part of our little community.
Join me next week when I will be sharing with you either a curvy friendly contemporary corset, or the linen over a blouse that goes with this top. Please let me know which one you want to see in the comments section below.
Until Next Time, Happy Sewing!