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Holiday Crushed Velvet Top Tutorial

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Here’s a tutorial for a top to match the Pink Fig Designs Market Day Gauchos! 🙂 Well, at least MY version of the Market Day Gauchos! LOL

I used the same colors of crushed panne (crushed velvet) for the top AND I made a little matching hair bow. For the bow I just tied scraps of the crushed velvet onto a ponytail holder. 😉


On to the tutorial!

You will need-

1/2 yard of main fabric

Scraps in the coordinating colors for the sleeve ruffles

A shirt that fits your child well to use as a cutting guide



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Yes, yes.. I know… A Justin Bieber shirt but she’s only 8, cut her some slack! LOL

Fold the t-shirt and place it on the folded fabric. Cut around the shirt leaving space on the side for seam allowance.



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Here is what it will look like.




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Place the shirt part that you just cut on the folded fabric and cut around it for the other piece.



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Cut one of the necklines a little lower for the front of the top. Make sure not to take any off the shoulders. 😉



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To cut the sleeves, place the shoulder even with the fold in the fabric and cut around the armhole. Then drop down a bit below the armhole and cut the rest of the sleeve.

At this point I was thinking long sleeves…. LOL I usually just fly by the seat of my pants when I start sewing. 😉



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Here is where I decided to cut the black part of the sleeve shorter so that I could add the ruffles. I measured Cailey’s arm from shoulder to wrist and then cut the sleeve at 8″ . Her arm measured 15″ but I knew some of the length of the sleeve would become seam allowance. 😉



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Now, to cut the strips for the ruffles! I cut them 3″ in width and 15″ long. I cut 3 for each sleeve.



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Here is what they look like!

Now, you are going to pin those tops together! Then run a row of gathering stitches across the top.



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Pin the gathered edge to the bottom of the sleeve, right sides together, adjusting the gathers as needed.  Sew together!



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Here is what it looks like so far! 🙂



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Place the back on the front, right sides together, pin and sew the seam! 🙂




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This is that OTHER way to do sleeves… LOL Place the sleeves to the armholes, right sides together and pin like crazy! LOL Then sew the sleeves to the armholes!



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Here’s what it looks like so far!



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Almost done!!! Pin up the sides of the top and the bottoms of the sleeves. Now, sew the side seams!!!!!


Turn right side out and you are ALLLLLLLL done!!!!! 🙂



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Hope you like this! Let me know if the tutorial is easy to follow! If you have ANY questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a message or use the Contact Me button at the top of the blog and shoot me an e-mail!






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