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Make Your Own Yoga Mat Bag

Make Your Own Yoga Mat Bag

This Yoga Mat Bag is both easy and fun to make! It may even motivate you to join a yoga class…at least that was my hope! I had so much fun customizing this fun yoga bag. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase 

11 Easy Tips for Sewing Knit Fabrics Like a Pro

11 Easy Tips for Sewing Knit Fabrics Like a Pro

Sewing with knit fabrics can be extremely frustrating. However, with the right technique, you will become a pro in no time. Here are 11 easy sewing tips to get great results! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small 

Sew a Plus Size Wrap Top in 5 Easy Steps

Sew a Plus Size Wrap Top in 5 Easy Steps

Wrap styles are so flattering to the full plus size figured woman. They are also very trendy at the moment. Here’s how you can make your own trendsetting plus side wrap top in just 5 easy steps!

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Photo by Karin McDonald.

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DIY the Trendy Wrap Top Look

I have always loved following fashion trends. Wrap tops have always been a favorite style of mine since they are so flattering to a larger plus size figure. I spotted this beautiful geometric print on the Marcy Tilton website not long ago. It jumped off the page at me and I knew I had to have it!

There is something so eye-catching about red, white and blue. My plan was to make a simple wrap top that I could wear with skirts or jeans. A wrap top like this would even look amazing with wide-leg pants as the design of the top provides a more fitted look. For this DIY project, I choose an elbow-length top. However, a wrap top like this could be made into either a long sleeve or short sleeve style!

DIY Plus Size Wrap Top | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com
Photo by Karin McDonald.
DIY Wrap Top in 5 Easy Steps | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com
Photo by Karin McDonald.

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Supplies Needed:

  • 2 yards printed jersey fabric (Mine is from Marcy Tilton, but it is sold out!)
  • serger and matching thread
  • pins, measuring tape, scissors

Wrap Top Pattern | Chambray Blues

Pattern Problems:

I started this project using the Butterick B6285 pattern. However, I soon disliked it tremendously. According to the package it is sized for a 22. My measurements were not that far off, and I usually have no issues with alterations. But shortly after I began this project, I decided it was better to start over completely from scratch. There were several issues with this style that simply do not work well for a plus size top.

1. No way to alter for a long torso. This is an oddly shaped pattern. The sleeve front and back is one piece with no shoulder seam. If you have a long torso like myself, there is no way to alter this piece to compensate. For my wrap top, I slashed the sleeve where the shoulder seam should be. I then added 5 inches to both the front and back length. However, I could have added 2 additional inches, as it barely reaches my waist and I’m certainly not interested in wearing a crop top!

DIY Plus Size Wrap Top | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

2. Ties too short! For the tie, I added the same amount of length, a total of 10″ to the circumference. But it just wasn’t enough to wrap all the way around me even once to tie at the waist. (Much less twice like the pattern shows!) So, instead, I stitched the band to the bottom of the top and made a faux tie to the side. I tend to dislike things that are tight around my middle anyways so this adjustment suits me perfectly.

I still needed the extra length in the torso. A bigger bust takes up a lot of fabric vertically although you wouldn’t think about it just looking at the photo on the pattern. Had I not added that extra 5″ of fabric it would have barely covered my bust. I also omitted the pattern lining/facings. The front pieces were supposed to be made of double fabric which is too hot for summer. Instead, I opted for a narrow fold back facing edge of 1 1/2″ for each front piece.

DIY Plus Size Wrap Top | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

3. A poor style for plus sizes. This pattern hacking makes me frustrated even just thinking about it afterward! This wrap top is still not perfect and it took a lot of time to make. Sometimes I wonder if the folks designing these patterns ever try them on a plus size figure. Somehow I doubt it! With a few adjustments to the pattern, this would be such a better fit for the plus size figure it is intended for.

The good news is that after all of this nonsense, I decided to create my own pattern. I will make the needed pattern adjustments and then add this wrap top pattern to my Chambray Blues Pattern Shop! You will then be able to sew a beautiful wrap top that was designed with your needs in mind. Keep an eye out for this pattern which is coming soon!

DIY Wrap Top in 5 Easy Steps:

Here’s the step by step sewing process for this top:

1. First, cut out the pattern from the Chambray Blues Shop (coming soon)! Serge front wrap edge using a 3 thread stitch. Fold back 1 1/2″ and then baste in place at shoulder and at hem.

2. Sew the front and back pieces together at the shoulder seam. Gather the lower front edge between notches with two rows of basting stitches.

3. With right sides together, sew lower left front to lower right side. Finish the lower side front edge with a serger or zig zag stitch. Repeat on the other side.

4. Sew lower band pieces together along the short edge. With the right sides together, stitch along top edge, forming a point at ends. Turn right side out and press. Baste along the remaining edge.

5. Pin band to lower edge of the top, with right sides together matching vertical seam of the band with the side seam of the top. Leave ends of the band free at the opposite side seam. Stitch in place along the bottom of the top. Finally, tie the ends in a loose knot.

I hope you enjoy your new wrap top! Mine has become a staple in my wardrobe, even with its minor imperfections.

 

More Inspiration

Are you still looking for more summertime sewing inspiration? Here are a few other posts you will love!

5 Reasons You Need a Coral Ruffle Neck Dress

Make Your Own Terry Cloth Caftan Dress

Drape & Sew a Knit Dress

Trendy Plus Size Style Tips

How to Make a Reversible Pencil Skirt

 

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DIY Zippered Makeup Bag in 7 Steps

DIY Zippered Makeup Bag in 7 Steps

I’ll be the first to tell you that organization is just not my gift. However, I made this DIY zippered makeup bag in 7 steps to organize at least a very small part of my life. I love the final outcome! This post contains affiliate 

Wavy Wool Pillow Using Recycled Fabric

Wavy Wool Pillow Using Recycled Fabric

I recently made this wavy wool pillow using recycled fabric that I’ve been hoarding for a while now. It was the perfect way to use up all the fabric odds and ends I had laying around the sewing room while adding a fun new piece 

Easy to Sew Men’s Hoodie Pattern

Easy to Sew Men’s Hoodie Pattern

This easy to sew men’s hoodie pattern is sure to be a hit with the men in your life! Although I used a holiday print fabric for this project, you could also choose a pattern that would be more suited for year-round wear.

Easy to Sew Men's Hoodie Pattern | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

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Men’s Hoodie Pattern

This post has been adapted from my original blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Enjoy!

I loved this pattern the moment I saw it. Although our adult children are beyond the age of wearing matching clothing, this pattern seemed like it would work for all of them. The pattern is technically not for pajamas, however, the casual style and trendy hoodie is something that they all love. You could easily choose a fabric to use for this project that would make it more suitable for everyday wear.

For this project, I used McCalls pattern M7447 which calls for knit and woven fabrics. This is rather unusual! The front of the shirt, the placket, pockets and front pieces are all woven material. The sleeves, back, and hood are a cotton knit. This hoodie doesn’t have a kangaroo pocket which is one thing I liked about the pattern. Soft woven cotton and jersey knits make great sleeping attire. I love them together in this comfy men’s hoodie!

Fabric Choices

I used a holiday fabric collection from Hoffman Fabrics. The Near and Deer pattern is perfect for guys. It’s not too cutesy or outrageously colored but still had the holiday feel I was hoping for. My son was thrilled with my fabric choices for this project. You simply can’t go wrong with classic black and white!

Sewing Pattern Adjustments

Easy to Sew Men's Hoodie Pattern | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

The cotton fabric is 44″ wide. Since the only woven pieces are in the front, cutting with the narrow width wasn’t hard. I added 2″ to the length at the waist for this McCalls M747 pattern. I always like to cut the pattern apart and measure the gap for the amount needed. The pattern seemed to fit well overall and was also very straight forward to sew when following the pattern directions.

The placket and pockets were designed to be cut on the bias for the plaid fabric in the pattern photograph. I chose to cut them on the straight grain for this project. The only reason to cut them on the bias is so you don’t have to worry about matching the plaid. Since I wasn’t using plaid fabric, there was no reason to cut them on the bias. I made the front placket and pockets for the men’s hoodie out of the same deer print fabric.

Easy to Sew Men's Hoodie Pattern | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

Sewing with this high-quality cotton is easy as it doesn’t stretch or shrink as you work. I always look for the highest quality goods and prewash them before cutting.  This fabric is amazing and incredibly easy to work with.

Easy to Sew Men's Hoodie Pattern | Chambray Blues | www.chambrayblues.com

When I made this men’s hoodie for my son, he said I couldn’t show his face on the internet. He’s rather shy. Oops! I sorta lied about that. He’s so cute, why not show it? You won’t tell, will you? SHHHHH!

Since I enjoyed this men’s hoodie pattern so much, I decided to sew more for the rest of our family. They were a big hit!

 

More Inspiration

If you are looking for more beginner sewing projects, here are a few others you will love!

Triumph Over Unfinished Sewing Projects

4 Unique Kimonos: 1 Basic Pattern

Make Old Jeans Fit Again: Easy Denim Hack

#YogaLife T-Shirts with Cricut

DIY Recycled Denim Vest

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