How I made a sewing pattern

Here is the original slip top that I bought from a factory outlet some years back. I put a piece of A4 paper in the middle so you can see that the back and front are different at the top end. You can modify this as I did and make the back less curved and straighter.

To make the pattern I pinned the top to the paper to keep it from moving. Then I traced the outline freehand with a pencil. You could use a tracing wheel which is available from most sewing centres. I added the seam and hem allowances around the sides and bottom. I also made sure the pattern was symmetrical as per yesterday’s instructions.

I now have a perfect pattern for these tops. Just remember that you want to make this in soft-ish fabrics that will fall easily and you must cut the pattern on the bias or cross grain of the fabric. Denim and canvas won’t do. And you would use a different style of pattern for ribs and knit type fabrics.

Here – and – here are more versions of this camisole top.

You could add a trim or stitch beads along the edge or use contrast colours for the straps and hem. It’s entirely up to you.

The Greenie Galleries at the top of this page have 100s of photos of older and newer projects showing multiple ways to make your own clothing and accessories. There are also ideas to recycle or upcycle.

See you soon.