DIY: Cute Cami Top With Tie Sleeves


I recently made a slip dress out of this adorable lemon pattern material. As much as I can I try and get the exact amount of fabric needed for the garment to reduce wastage and cost. But whenever I do end up with left overs I always put it to good use by creating a little something that suits the fabric. Because the lemon pattern is so cute I thought it needed to be amplified by adding tie features to give it that extra 'girly' touch.


The Essentials

- Light/flowy Fabric - approx 0.5m

- Thread

- Fabric Scissors

- Sewing Machine 





You'll need 8 pieces of fabric all up - 2 for body and 4 for sleeves. If you're using facing then you'll also need 2 replicas of the body pieces (either in same material or plain thin lining).



Cut the fabric according to your measurements. (Remember to include seam allowance)



Cut the straps to double the thickness you want them to end up as for the width. Then for the length, cut them at least 50cm to allow for oversized knot. 

Fold good sides together and sew along one short edge and down the full length. Flip the good side out and the straps are ready.




Place the facing on the good side of the fabric and sew along top and bottom sections (leaving side open to flip good side out).

You can either pin the straps in place and sew it all together, otherwise after completing sewing the seams you can unpick the sections where you'd like insert them and backstitch/sew them in place and to close the gap.



Once you've flipped the panels so the good side of the fabric is on the outside and the facing seams are hidden place the good sides of each panel together and sew down the side seams.

Note: you may need to start in a bit from the armpit section and sew down on an angle to the other corner to prevent gaping. Try on and adjust where need be.



Try on the top and tie the sleeves in a bow at the desired length. 



Time to plan a cute picnic and wear this baby! I discovered that if tie the straps a bit tighter you can wear it as an off the shoulder style (but I will be creating a proper off the shoulder piece tutorial soon so stay tuned).

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when life gives you lemons..



Hope this was helpful! As always, let me know if you give this tutorial a go and how it turns out. Hashtag the outcome #essentialsclub on social media.