Hooray for summer!

Hooray for summer!

Another summer means another opportunity to sweat it out in my favorite looks. This summer, I decided it was time to fulfill my dream of owning a tie-up tube top. I knew I could only get exactly the tube top I wanted, though, if I made it myself! So, I snatched up scrap fabric from some failed luxury pillowcase designs and decided to put it to good use. With this sweet DIY tie-up tube top, you’ll be beyond ready to take on the summer.

What you’ll need:

  • Shears
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape or a ruler
  • Pattern paper (or printer paper)
  • A writing utensil
  • One yard of fabric
  • A sewing machine, or needle and thread
  • One safety pin
  • Straight pins

How to do it:

Step One

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Take your bust measurement and divide the measurement by four. For example, my bust measurement was 34 inches; divided by four my measurement was 8.5 inches.

Step Two

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Create your back pattern, using pattern paper or printer paper, by making it the length and height you desire. I used my 8.5-inch-long bust measurement for the length, and chose a 6.5-inch-high top because of my short torso! Cut twice on fold for two total back pieces (one for the outside, one for lining).

Step Three

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Take your pattern and cut it into two panels and add a seam allowance. These will be your top’s front pieces. The smaller piece is your center piece (labeled one), the longer will be your side piece (labeled two). Cut piece one on the fold twice. You should have two center pieces. Cut piece two out of folded fabric (but not against the fold of the fabric) twice. You should have four side pieces. This way, you’ll have a lining side and an outside!

Step Four

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Grab a center and two side pieces. They should look like this.

Step Five

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Lay your side pieces right-sides facing the center piece and stitch the seams together. Do this for your outside and lining pieces so that you have three-paneled units, like so.

Step Six

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Take your front outside and back outside pieces and stitch them together matching the BEY labeled side of the back to the SOL labeled side of the front. You will have a four-piece-long unit now. Do the same exact thing for the lining. You should have two four-piece-long units so far.

Step Seven

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Cut two 1.5-inch by 11-inch (or whatever your shoulder strap measurement is—longer is always safer for future editing) strips of fabric to make straps! Fold them over and stitch along the length of the raw edge. Hook a safety pin in one strap and turn it inside itself, scrunching it like a ’90’s hair accessory. Do this until the safety pin goes through the other side, and you have a finished strap.

Step Eight

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Complete the safety-pin technique from step seven for your second strap. Your finished straps will look like these.

Step Nine

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Take your straps and pin them to the top of the front outside (right-sides facing) of your unit.

Step 10

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Attach straps to the exact same spot on your back outside piece, the way I have here.

Step 11

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Attach your lining to your outside-showing unit by pining all along the bottom and top. Sew all the way down the length of the top and bottom, and turn it inside out. You should have a lined, very long tube!

Step 12

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Take the raw edges (the open ends of your tube) and do a loose baste stitch. (Make sure it’s a loose stitch—you’ll be taking it out shortly). Stitch your zipper down carefully! (If you’re using a sewing machine, be sure to use your zipper foot.) Then cut open your baste stitch.

Step Thirteen

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Tie the loose straps into cool knots and you’re set! ♦