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A few weeks ago I was getting together with family and I noticed my sister-in-law wearing the gorgeous Comino Top she had recently purchased at Anthropology. I loved it so much that after a few days I still couldn’t shake it from my thoughts, and recreated it for myself! It has a really fun sleeve that intrigued me. I had a lot of fun piecing it together, and figuring out how the pattern should work. This top has a very blousy fit, but drapes in a lovely, very flattering way.
The fabric I used was purchased a few years ago from a big fabric warehouse in the Los Angeles area. You see it’s always a good idea to have a fabric stash; you WILL use it! It was only $2 a yard, and I used a little under two yards. I made the whole shirt for about $6, compared to the Anthropologie price of $138 (now $40 on sale). Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the new gorgeous fabrics on the market, but sometimes you can find some really great stuff on sale too!
I have included the pattern for you all to use. It is only in one size (a “bigger size small” or “smaller size medium” at roughly 4-6). You could get away with a small or medium with this pattern. If you are a little smaller, you can do some easy editing by taking the pattern in slightly. If you are a little bigger just take the pattern out a little; compare your measurements to the pattern.
Here is the Free PDF Pattern for you to download and print (make sure to print at 100%, otherwise your lines won’t quite match up):
- 2 yards of fabric
- Matching thread
- Matching 7-9” invisible zipper
- Hook + eye closure
Okay, Let’s Begin!
1. Cut out your pattern, you will need about two yards of fabric. Make sure to sew all of your seams at 1/2″.
2. Pin the two front pieces together, right sides together (RST). Sew together.
3. Iron your seam flat. (This example is for ALL seams).
4. Finish your seam allowance. All I did was fold it 1/4″ over, iron flat, and sew along the edge as you see below. Iron flat again. I used this technique for all other seam allowances coming up in next steps.
5. Sew two back pieces together using same steps as above, but remember to stop where your zipper will begin. (Refer to the pattern to see where this is).
6. Now let’s sew our sleeves. Begin by sewing the shoulder edges together on both sleeves. Pin RST and sew at 1/2″.
7. Iron seam and finish seam.
8. Pin sleeve to sleeve cuff, matching edges #3 (refer to pattern). Sew 1/2″. Iron, and finish seam.
9. Pin the under arm seam together and sew 1/2″.
10. Iron and finish seam.
11. Now pin your side seams together RST, stopping where the sleeve would begin. (You’ll notice a slight corner edge).
12. Sew together at 1/2″, then iron and finish seams.
13. Now we are going to sew the sleeve into our top. Pin the sleeve to the top RST, and make sure everything lines up correctly. I’ve included two photos of this with different views. See two pictures below.
14. Iron your seam and finish. Hem your sleeve at desired length or iron under 1/4″ and iron under again 1/2″.
15. Sew in your invisible zipper. I followed the instructions on the zipper packaging. Iron flat.
16. Now, let’s finish the neckline! First we need to finish the outer edge of our neckline facing. I just used a zigzag stitch, but if you have a serger that would look more professional. Either way gets the job done.
17. Pin your neckline facing to the neckline, RST. Be sure to line up the center. You should have about 5/8″ of fabric sticking off the back neckline edges, as seen below. We will need this to finish off our zipper edge.
18. Here’s a view of what the back will look like after you’ve pinned your facing to neckline:
19. Sew in neckline facing at 1/2″. Then, flip it behind the front neckline and iron, but be sure to tuck back about 1/8-1/4″ of the front neckline too. See the picture below. (This way you won’t see the facing when wearing your top.)
20. Now we need to tack our facing down so it doesn’t flip up while wearing the top. I used a needle and thread, and did a few loops for each “tack.” I tacked the facing down at each seam allowance (five total, not counting the two back zipper edges).
21. To finish zipper edge, fold the loose edge under itself. Again, using a needle and thread, tack it to the zipper. This will give it a nice, finished look.
22. And last but not least, hem the bottom edge of your shirt. I ironed the edge under at 1/4″ and then about 5/8″ after that. Sew along the edge at 5/8″. I also added a hook and eye above the zipper for extra closure. That’s all there is to it!