It may be a tad optimistic, what with a historic storm hitting us on the east coast just last week, but my mind is already on spring. I cannot wait for gorgeous prints and flowy blouses that won’t be totally wasted under layers of cardigans and coats. The Karri Top joins me in my quest to prematurely populate my wardrobe with spring pieces. This free sewing pattern features long tulip sleeves, an adorable peplum silhouette, and a tie at the waist to cinch it all together. Try it out with your favorite cotton print or go in an elegant direction with linen or silk!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 2 yards Mood Exclusive Abstract Concepts Cotton Voile
- 1 pkg Dritz Size 2 Nickel Hook & Eyes
- Optional: Wrights Oyster 1/2″ Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
- MDF233 – The Karri Top Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
First, sew the bust darts onto the front panel of your bodice following the guides on your pattern. Press the darts downward.
Attach the front and back of your bodice at the shoulders and side seams. To keep things neat, I recommend French seams. Press each seam toward the back of the garment.
Clip the center back of your shirt 3.5″ down from the top edge on either side. Give this 3.5″ a 1/4″ rolled hem and press. Finish the remainder of your center back with a French seam and press.
Your neckline can be finished with a 1/4″ rolled hem; or by sewing some bias tape along the face, folding to the wrong side to hide the raw edges, and stitching into place. Press neckline when complete.
Before creating your sleeve, give the large outer curve (shown below in red) a small rolled hem. Your sleeve is then created by overlapping the pointed tip with the curved guide on your pattern piece. The thinnest portion of your sleeve, marked below but the dotted line, is the inseam and can be aligned with the side seam of your shirt when setting the sleeves into the armscye.
Create your peplum, attaching the two panels at the sides using a French seam. Press your seams and then add your peplum at the waist of your blouse. I used a French seam here as well, but be careful as you sew since the peplum has a slight curve.
Finish off the bottom of your shirt with a 1/4″ rolled hem.
Lastly, fold your belt in half along the length, faces together, and stitch along the raw edges. Leave 2″-3″ open along the long edge, turn the belt right side out, and press. Slip-stitch the opening closed to complete.
Will you be giving the Karri Top a try? Let me know what print you’re considering in the comments below!