FO: The Rectangle Top….(No Pattern Required!) – Guest Post/Tutorial at The Village Haberdashery….

The lovely Annie of The Village Haberdashery recently sent me this sweet  fabric from the Indian Summer range. It’s a lovely light to medium weight cotton, and I guess, usually reserved for quilting or crafting projects. But I felt that it has garment making potential too; so it was the perfect opportunity to try out a garment idea I’ve had  buzzing around in my head for a while. So today, I’m guest posting over on the Village Haberdashery’s Blog (The Daily Stitch) explaining how you can make this top, using a simple rectangle of fabric and a few measurements. Yep, that’s right….NO PATTERN REQUIRED!!

Essentially this top is made from a rectangle with a hole cut in the middle for your head, (No shoulder seams to sew) and then stitched along the sides, leaving an opening for the arms. It features a fully faced neckline and back neck opening.  Simple as that. Hop over and check out the deets peops πŸ™‚ As a side note, I’m amused to say this is probably the only make I can say, looks better on me, than it does on a mannequin πŸ˜‰ (You’ll see what I mean if you check out the tute) Because this top is cut to the size of the wearer and is kind of given it’s shape by the way the human form fills it; a perfectly proportioned mannequin just doesn’t cut it in the same way as my lumps and bumps do, he he πŸ˜‰ Amen to that!

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  1. Tilly July 3, 2013

    Awesome idea! I love a simple top and this one looks so easy, especially great for people who can’t handle patterns. Great fabric choice too x

  2. Sarah July 3, 2013

    very cool – no waste – how grand! πŸ™‚

  3. Bibliophile July 3, 2013

    Portia that is a fabulous tutorial – thanks so much for all your work in putting it together. It’s tutorials like this that show how simple pattern drafting can really be. And not scary either.

  4. Claire July 3, 2013

    Thanks so much! I’m on the verge of panic sewing for my holiday and this would be perfect for a couple of quick tops!

  5. Tasha July 3, 2013

    LOVE it! Absolutely going to try this. What a fun idea!

  6. pandchintz July 4, 2013

    You are SO clever!!

  7. House of Pinheiro July 4, 2013

    great idea and I love the fabric


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