Hello everyone! It’s time for the second post of the “Sheona Hacks” series and today we are making a tie front top. It’s a very simple and easy hack to do and I am going to show you how, step by step. Ready?
So, here’s what you’ll need:
- your Sheona top pattern pieces
- a blank piece of paper
- pencil and scissors
- a ruler or measuring tape
- fabric and your basic sewing tools 🙂
The first thing you’ll want to do is determine where you want the top’s hem to hit you. If you prefer it to be more cropped, make sure you adjust both the front and back pattern pieces by using the shorten/lengthen lines. Then, we will adjust the hem allowance of the top. On your pattern piece a 2 cm hem allowance is included. Because of the constructions of the tie front, we will be using an 1 cm hem allowance to make our lives easier. So, go ahead and chop off the extra 1 cm of the hem on both the front and back pattern pieces.
And now it’s time to draft our tie front. Take the front piece of your top and stick a blank piece of paper below the hem, like you see in the photo below.
Then you have to decide how long you want the tie to be. I made mine 25 cm long (10 inches) but you can make it shorter if you want to, just make sure it’s at least 15 cm long (6 inches). Once you decide on this measurement, take your ruler and measure this distance from the top’s hem. Make a mark around the middle. This mark will be the tie’s point. Then draw the tie like you see in the photo below. You don’t have to be extremely precise, just try and draw a smooth curve as much as you can.
The only thing you should be careful of is that the point of your tie doesn’t extend further than the center front of the top, otherwise you won’t be able to cut this piece out with the fabric on the fold.
Once you are happy with the shape, go ahead and cut out the pattern piece. Then cut all the pieces out of your fabric as usual. For the front piece, you will cut 1 on the fold, as you would do with the normal Sheona top.
Sew your Sheona top following the instructions in the pattern’s booklet. Every step is exactly the same as if you were making the normal Sheona top. When you are finished with the construction and get to the hemming step, this is what you’ll do:
turn the hem of the top up by 1 cm and give it a good press.
The only tricky part here is the points of the ties. You can tuck those in a little bit when you are stitching the hem, so don’t worry. After all, jerseys don’t fray!
Go all around the top’s hem with a wide zig zag stitch, give it one more good press and your new Sheona with a front tie is ready! Tie it as tight or as loose as you prefer, depending on the garment you wear underneath and your personal preference 🙂
The beautiful jersey fabric used in this tutorial is the iconic seagulls jersey from Lamazi Fabrics. It is a very high quality fabric, super soft and easy to work with. Make sure you check out their beautiful selection of jerseys, you will not be dissapointed.
And if you haven’t got a copy of the Sheona dress and top pattern, you can find it here.
Want more hacks? Check out the FREE expansion pack on adding a tie belt to your Sheona dress here.