DIY Cami Top

Create a cute and fun cami without a pattern! Follow our instructions to make this cami and customize and change to suit your style. This is a great beginner sewing project and easy to take the step into sewing garments.

Original Tie Straps

Measurements

For this top you will need two measurements

  • Bust Width: Measure your bust at the widest point – A
  • Length: Measure from your underarm to where you want the top to end – B

Instructions

This project requires no pattern and will be drawn directly onto the fabric! Place your fabric right sides together selvedge to selvedge.

  1. For the width we begin by taking our A measurement, halving it and adding 2”. This is our seam allowance and some ease so the top is not tight. You can add as much ease as you want just make sure that it will not be too wide on your body. Our A is 33” so the width of our top is 33” / 2 + 2” = 18 ½”

2. For B the length we are measuring from our underarms to belly button, for us that is 13” + 1” seam allowance to make 14” length. This will give us a crop top that falls at our waist, to make a longer or shorter length top just adjust your B measurement and add 1” seam allowance.

3. Cut out 2 of these for a front and back panel.

4. The width of your button placket is 2 ½”. The length is B + 1” seam allowance. Cut out 2 plackets measuring 2 ½” x B + 1” seam allowance.

5. The width of your straps are 2” (D) The length is 15” (E), this allows for a nice tie at the top. Cut out 8 straps measuring 2” x 15

6. Take your front panel and cut up the middle creating 2 separate panels. Ours are 9 ¼” x 14”

7. Take the button plackets and place them right sides together on your front panels. Stitch together with a ¼” seam allowance. Fold your placket over and press along the seam line, press the seam allowance towards the placket.

8. Press the raw edge of the plackets back 1/4″

9. Press the placket in half covering the seam.

10. From the right side, edgestitch the placket down close to the seam line. Ensure you are catching the folded seam of the placket on the other side with your stitching (you can use an edgestitch foot here for more even results). Edgestitch the other side of the placket at the same distance. Repeat for the other side of your front.

11. Place your front panels and back panel right sides together and stitch with 1/4″ seam allowance. Hem the top and bottom edges.

12. You can now evenly space out your buttonholes and button onto the plackets for more information on this visit our tip & trick!

13. Place 2 of your straps right sides together and stitch around both sides and 1 end, turn right way out and press. Repeat with your remaining 6 straps.

14. Position your straps on the wrong side of your top, with 2 at the front and 2 at the back, we spaced ours 4” out from the middle of the front and the back. Topstitch over the right side of your top securing your straps.


Modified Ruffles

Measurements

  • Bust Width: Measure your bust at the widest point and divide by two – A
  • Length: Measure from your underarm to where you want the top to end – B
  • Strap Length: measure from where you want your strap to start and end – C

Calculations

Front Width: A + 5″ = FW
Back Width: A + 2″ = BW
Strap: C + 1″ = S
Strap Ruffle: C x 1.75″ = SR
Bottom Ruffle: A x 1.75″ = BR

Cutting Instructions

From Katrina Solids:

Front – (1) FW x B
Back – (1) BW x B
Straps – (2) S x 2″
Strap Ruffle – (2) SR x 2 1/2
Bottom Ruffle – (2) BR x 3″

From Fusible

(2) B x 1″

Assembly

  1. Measure the halfway point of the front panel and mark down. Cut to create 2 panels.

2. With the wrong side up attach (1) fusible strip to the opposite edges of both front panels.

3. Fold the fused edge back 1″ and press. These will be the button plackets. Finish the fused edge of the front panels with a rolled hem.

4. Line up the back and front panels right sides together and stitch to secure side seams.

5. With the top right side up, measure down 1″ from each side seam. Measure out 2″ from either side of the side seam. Draw a curve out and trim. Finish top edge with a rolled hem.

6. With the top right side up, mark your buttonholes on the right placket. Mark your button on the left placket. The average button and hole spacing is 2″ to 3 1/2” apart. Mark and try the top on before sewing and cutting buttonholes. Adjust as necessary. We did 5 buttons.

7. Finish (1) long side of all strap and bottom ruffles with a rolled hem.

8. Sew bottom ruffles right side together. Finish both ends with a rolled hem.

9. Sew a gathering stitch 1/4” across the unfinished edge and a second gathering stitch 1/2” from the edge. Gather to match the width of the top.

10. With right sides together, sew the ruffle to the bottom of the top. Press seam allowance up and edge stitch along the bottom of the top to secure.

11. Take both strap ruffles and finish the sides with a rolled hem. Sew a gathering stitch 1/4” across the unfinished edge and a second gathering stitch 1/2” from the edge. Gather to 1″ shorter than the strap.

12. With right sides together, sew the ruffle to the strap. leaving 1/2″ seam allowance at either end. Press seam allowance up and edge stitch along the bottom of the strap to secure.

13. With wrong side up, fold edge of strap in 1/2” and press. Fold pressed edge over to cover ruffle seam allowance and topstitch to secure.

14. With the ruffles sticking out to the side, position your straps on the wrong side of your top. Each strap will go front to back, pin in place and try on to finalize strap length and position. We spaced ours 4″ out from the middle of the front and back. Topstitch over the right side of your top securing your straps.

Video

https://youtu.be/EwHcJkabPiM

https://youtu.be/EwHcJkabPiM

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