DIY Boho Top

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Summer is almost here and if you live in the South like me then it already feels like it. To tolerate the heat I prefer wearing breezy looks with light materials like this Gauze fabric from StylishFabric.com. The Woven Jacquard Elastic from Dritzadds a nice detail to an off-the-shoulder neckline and bonus points for being comfortable. This boho top is simple to make and a trendy Summer staple. Get the details and make your own.

Supplies:

Draft the pattern: The measurements I used above fit a small-medium. The top is suppose to fit loose. Adjust the measurements as necessary. You can add width and length. You can also use an off-the-shoulder top pattern just remove 2″ from the neckline to account for the elastic.
Front and back are the same.
Optional: Serge raw edges. Finish hem of sleeve. I’m using the selvage edge of my fabric since I like the fringe boho look.
\Sew front and back right sides together at side seams.
Pin sleeve to arm opening right sides together and sew. Repeat for the back.
It should look like this when complete. Repeat for other sleeve.

  • Measure your shoulder width.
  • Cut your elastic to equal this measurement.
  • Sew right sides together with a zig zag stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  • Press seam allowance down and topstitch both sides down.
  • Attach center back (seam) to center back of top. 
  • Mark out the quarter measurements of both the elastic and the neckline line and pin these points together.

Starting at center back top stitch the elastic along the neckline of the blouse making sure to pull the elastic to meet each quarter you pinned. This can get tricky at times focusing on pulling the elastic and guiding the fabric. If you’re having trouble keeping the fabric (of the neckline) even with the elastic you can sew with the wrong side flipped up as an option.
Once done finish the bottom edge of the blouse. You can also sew a casing at the bottom and add elastic at the hemline.
Now a lovely Summer blouse…
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Laura
Laura's creativity and eye for design is what sets Trash to Couture apart from any other. Laura started sewing and designing her own clothing as a young girl. She even made her Prom and High School Dance dresses. Her sewing teacher created a class for her senior year so she could continue her advanced sewing curriculum. She'd finish the class projects so quickly she had to start bringing clothing from home to use for fabric. After college Laura ran a successful handmade, sustainable clothing brand specializing in custom bridal designs. After having 2 babies back to back she decided to take a break from running the company solo and focus on raising her boys. Realizing sewing and designing were something she missed dearly, she decided to start Trash to Couture. Trash to Couture was created in 2010 to inspire a less wasteful approach to the mass-produced fashion mainstream through DIY tutorials and repurposed fashions. Laura not only is the seamstress, she specializes in designing original content with craft brands. She contributes and designs content for many top craft brands and publications: BERNINA, Altered Couture, Sulky, Fabric.com, Burda Style, to name a few.

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