White Frill Hem Top
I made this white frill hem top from a sheet that had a mark I could not remove. As with all my sewing projects this white frill hem top is ridiculously easy to make. No closures such as zips or button holes. No setting of sleeves. And no tailoring or fancy techniques required. All my patterns are variations of circles, squares or rectangles and are meant to be a comfy fit.
I’ve shared the white frill hem top pattern above. You can make it bigger or smaller to fit your body. Remember to cut a facing for the neck area. Cut the facing from your top before you sew it together to get an exact match. My neckline was 5 centimetres lower at front and 3.5 centimetres lower at the back. You can make your neck deeper and narrower. It’s up to you. Just be sure it will pull over your head.
The width of your frill depends on your fabric. If it’s a stiff cotton like my top, best only go for 1.5 times the width of your top. Too much and it will stick out. A softer fabric with drape can carry a fuller frill. Less is more though if in doubt.
You need: –
- matching colour thread
- contrast colour thread
- sewing scissors
- hand sewing needle
- sewing machine
You do: –
Cut your pattern pieces. Sew your front facing to your front piece and your back facing to your back piece – right sides facing together. Snip along the curve (see pic below) to make sure your seams open up nicely. Sew two ends of frill together. Gather with hand sewing needle and contrasting colour thread.
Fold over your facing and press flat. I sewed my facing in place with a top stitch after folding over. Stops it sticking up. Place back and front pieces together right sides facing inward and sew halfway up form the bottom leaving the top half open for an arm hole. Sew shoulders. Press seams flat.
Now pin the gathered frill to the bottom of your top with lots of pins. Make sure gathers are evenly spaced.
Sew frill in place. Unpick the contrast colour thread. Sew a hem in frill.
Fold back around arm hole and hem that too.
Voila! A fresh new summer top from an old sheet. Cost = zero. And no guilt about where it came from either.
Have a great week.