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Tulip Top

Added Jul 15, 2012

by poldapop

Berwyn, Illinois...






I used Simplicity 2580 but cut the skirt shorter in order to make a top instead of a dress. I also took the skirt in by 1/2" (bottom) to 1/4" (top) in order to get a more fitted look. I used 1-inch black fold-over elastic to bind the hem and arms, but did not stretch the elastic as I sewed because I wanted the binding to lie flat. I love this top and the dress pattern and I plan to make more variations, including a long-sleeve version for the fall.

Material Notes

The fabric is a polyester or ITY jersey that I found on clearance at ($2.39/yard!) about 1.5 years ago. I bought the fold-over elastic from an etsy seller (




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Other

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    Jul 15, 2012, 09.44 PMby LiverpoolFi

    Such a professional look, and a great neckline – I’m going to keep my eyes out for the fold over elastic as I’ve struggled in the past too. Thanks for the tip!

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    Jul 15, 2012, 03.09 PMby poldapop

    Thank you, Ladies! I can best describe foldover elastic as a stretchy binding (I use it like bias tape for jersey). The stuff I have is 1-inch wide with a line down the center so that you can easily fold it in half (along length) in order to wrap it around an edge. I first saw it mentioned in this tutorial where it is used as waist elastic on a simple skirt:

    I have had a hard time finishing edges on jersey so that it look professional and this stuff really does the trick!

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    Jul 15, 2012, 10.03 AMby Mary Athey

    Love your top never heard of foldover elastic either? Love your hat as well xx

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    Jul 15, 2012, 09.30 AMby SassyT

    Gorgeous. What is the significance of “foldover” elastic. I have had heard it mentioned a few times but I have also heard regular clear elastic mentioned to stabilise hems. Does the foldover elastic do something different? Am only a beginner so interested. Thanks.

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