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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Elegance & Elephants Bubble Pocket Top - tie back tutorial

Oh my goodness!  I am so excited about this new pattern!  This will be the first post of several with this top!  I haven't finished the spin skirt to match so I'll be posting about that in a few days along with some photos of my sweet Eva Mae wearing the outfit!

First of all, if you haven't seen this pattern yet you need to RUN over to Heidi's blog and check it out HERE!

If you notice, the top right view shows the back with a button closure.  I wanted to try something a little different and have a cute little dangle-y tie in the back!  It's really easy to do and only takes a few extra steps!

First, take 2 strips of fabric - 1.5"x15" and iron each side down 1/4"

Fold the ironed edges on top of each other and press.  At one of the short ends, fold over 2 times so that you don't have any raw edges showing.  It won't matter for the other end because you'll be sewing it into the lining.  Sew the strap 1/8" from the edge.

(You could also use ready made double fold bias tape!)

Measure about 1.5" down and pin the straps with the raw edges together.

Sandwich the straps between the main fabric and the lining fabric. Pin in place.  Sew along the neck and arms just as the pattern indicates, making sure the straps don't get caught in any stitching!

When you turn your garment right side out you'll have 2 long strips ready to tie!

Another adorable feature of this top is that it is reversible!

And having the ties in the back make it so easy to flip around to create a new look!

I can't wait to show you the finished outfit!

If you're curious about the fabric, I used Sarah Jane's new line "Let's Pretend" - Mr. Bear and Cloud Pictures!

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