I love this little peasant top, and it’s just so quick and easy to make! It’s a super flattering style for your baby bump, and since it buttons up you can still use it as a nursing top too after baby arrives. Lets make one!
What you’ll need:
- Men’s button shirt
- 1/2″ wide single fold bias tape in the same colour as the shirt, or in a complimentary colour
What to do:
- The first thing I like to do is alter the sleeves, because this gets a little harder later. Basically just cut the sleeve to the length you want (I cut mine to be 6″ long from the underarm, so that it would sit just above my elbow), and then cut along the seam towards the armpit to make the sleeve a little narrower.
- Now we’ll need to sew this seam and neaten the edges. Basically just sew from the hem of the sleeve till you match up with the old seam. You can either finish the edge with a zig zag stitch or a serger.
- Hem the sleeves
- Next we’ll cut the neckline. You want to measure 4″ from the shoulder seams, and about 5″ down from the top of neckline. I know it seems really large right now, but we’ll be gathering it a bit later on.
- If you have a pocket in the front of your shirt, now is the time to carefully unpick it – and then get that bias tape ready!
- Measure 4 to 5 inches down from the armpit of the shirt, and mark with a pin. Now measure 4 inches in from the centre front of each side of the shirt. Take your bias tape and fold under the raw edge, pinning it 4 inches from the centre front of the shirt. Now carefully pin the bias tape all the way around the shirt, keeping it level, till you reach the front of the shirt again.
Fold under the raw edge and pin 4 inches from the front of the shirt again.
- Now we need to sew the bias tape to the shirt. This will be the casing for our ribbon, so be careful to sew as close to the edges as possible, and do not close up the ends!
- Now cut your ribbon to be 55″ long. Attach a safety pin to the end and thread it through the casing until both ends are poking out.
- On to the neckline. Set your sewing machine on a straight stitch, with the longest length possible. Sew 1/4″ from the raw edge all the way around the neckline, and do not backstitch!
- To gather the neckline, simple pull one of the threads while holding the fabric stationary and it will just gather up for you!
- Now cut a piece of bias tape to be 30″ long. Unfold one side, and pin it to the neckline with right sides together. You’ll also want to fold 1/4″ of the raw edge of the bias tape inwards so that it won’t be seen once we’re done. Smooth out your gathers so that they are evenly spaced along the bias tape. The bias tape will be the size of the finished neckline, and you want the gathered fabric to match that.
- Sew 1/4″ from the edge, attaching the bias tape to the shirt.
- Now we need to enclose those raw edges! Fold the bias tape inwards, encasing the raw edges of the neckline inside it, and pin.
- Top stitch along the bias tape to close it all up! I like to use a zig zag stitch because I find it pretty, and it also hides any messy sewing a bit better than a straight stitch!
- This last step is important. Take your top over to the iron, and iron the neckline into shape. The base tape needs to be curved and then shrunk a little, into the curve of the neckline. Spraying a little water on before you iron will help with this.
- And that’s it! You’re done.
Go enjoy your new adorable maternity peasant top!