Cascading frills, a soft peplum shape and waist-cinching tie make this ultra-feminine style a must for your to-make list. Created by designer Amanda Walker, this versatile pattern will give you the skills to stitch with delicate fabrics, create discrete rolled hems and insert full-length sleeves. Trust us, your wardrobe will suddenly become your oyster!
- Fabric, 1.8m (150cm)
- Bias binding, 1cm
- 1cm seam allowance used throughout, except for the neckline, where a 1cm seam allowance is used.
- Front: cut one pair
- Back: cut one on the fold
- Sleeve: cut one pair
- Front peplum: cut one pair
- Back peplum: cut one on the fold
- Neck frill: cut one pair
- Tie: cut two
Download and print the template, then follow the cutting guide. Neaten the edges of the shoulder seam and position the front and back pieces together, right sides facing. Match, pin and stitch the shoulder seams together, then press the seam allowances open.
Neaten the two centre back edges of the neck frill, then sew together and press the seam open. Roll-hem the outer edge of the frill and press the seam open, then roll-hem the outer edge of the frill. Position the frill on the neckline of the top, matching the centre back seam to the centre back neckline, and the ends to the notches marked on the front piece.
Pin in place, then sew together with a 1cm seam allowance. Press it towards the inside of the top away from the frill. Lay the bias binding along the stitching line on the inside of the top, covering the seam allowance. Edgestitch in place on either side of the bias binding.
Fold the tucks at the front waistline and sew across to secure in place. Neaten the side seam edges, match up the side seams, then pin and stitch together before pressing them open. Neaten the edges of the sleeves, pin and sew the underarm seams together and press the seams open. Turn the sleeves to the right side.
Stitch a row of gathering stitches around the head of the sleeves, starting from the front notch and finishing at the back. Pull the gathering threads up slightly, then place the sleeve into the armhole of the top. Match the side seams and the underarm seam of the sleeves together. Match the notch in the centre of the sleeve to the end of the shoulder seam, then adjust the gathers to fit the armhole of the top, pin and secure in place.
Neaten the seam allowances of the armhole and the ends of the sleeves, turn and press in the hem, then edgestitch in place. Sew the front peplum to the back at the side seams. Neaten the seam allowance and press towards the back of the peplum. Roll-hem down each of the front edges and around the base of the peplum.
Position and pin the peplum to the bodice, match the side seams together and the roll-hemmed edge of the peplum to the edge of the wrap edges of the bodice; you may need to clip the waistline curve to enable the seams to match. Stitch in place and neaten the seam allowance.
To make the belt carriers, cut two strips of scrap fabric, 3cm x 8cm. Fold the two edges in towards each other overlapping the edges, press and edgestitch on either side. Position the carriers above the waistline on the side seam, turn in the raw edges at each end, then sew across to secure.
Make the tie by sewing the two pieces together across the two short edges and press the seam open. Fold the strip in half lengthways, right side facing. Stitch with a 1cm seam allowance across the angled ends and down the length of the tie, leaving a gap of 5cm on the centre of the stitching line.
Turn the belt to the right through the gap, tease out the points and the seams, then press flat. Close the gap by hand slip-stitching together. Secure a hook and bar to the positions marked on the front pattern piece and the ends of the wrap over front. Thread the tie through the belt carriers and tie in a bow on one side.