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The votes are in from my last post, and I decided to make a matching plaid top using our popular Retro Top pattern. Read on to see how I sewed this top together…

Retro Top PATTERN


I now know why this is one of our top selling patterns on BurdaStyle.com.This pattern was easy to sew, and fit perfectly for a boxy-relaxed shirt meant for wovens. So glad you all helped me decide to make it! I also took a suggestion to not sew the entire top in plaid, so I just cut the sleeves in my leftover fabric from my culottes.

Step 1


I printed, tiled and added seam allowance to my pattern on my usual size 38 seamline. I also recently started making my darts like this – where you cut into the pattern along your dart size line. It really makes marking the dart easier, and I like to use chalk.

Step 2


I marked both darts on my front and back pieces and then stitched them all into place. Here is one of my bust darts pressed downwards, and I pressed my back neck darts with the intake going towards the center back.

Step 2a


Then I finished my shoulder seam allowances, sewed them right sides together, and press the seam allowances open.

Step 3


Next was to stitch my facing shoulder seams right sides together. Then I press the allowances open and serge-finished all around the outer facing edge.

Step 4


I pinned my neckline facing right sides together with my top matching up the shoulder seams. Then I marked the center back slit line along the wrong side of the back facing.

Step 5


Starting at one of the shoulder seams, I sewed my facing to my top pivoting and stitching down just to the side of my center back line.

Step 6


When I reached the base of my slit I pivoting once again and sewed about 3 short stitches across the bottom before sewing back up the other side.

Step 7


Once sewn I cut down the slit from my neckline to the bottom of my stitching.

Step 8


I then graded my facing seam allowances and flipped to the right side and pressed. I also under-stitched to keep the facing from rolling to the right side getting as close as I could to the center back slit. At this point I also sewed the side seams of my top together.

Step 9


Now it was sleeve time! First I serge-finished the sleeve seams and stitched right sides together.

Step 10


I then pressed my sleeve seam allowances open and flipped to the right side to better pin into my armhole. This sleeve set in pretty well, but I still needed a few easing stitches to help guide in the cap.

Step 11


Love the patterned plaid sleeve with the simple black bodice.

Step 12


Next was the hem, so I first serge-finished the bottom edge and pressed my hem allowance in place.

Step 13


And also did the same to my sleeve hems.

Step 14


To secure the top of my center back sleeve slit, I hand stitched a single matching shank button in place right at the top corner.

Step 15


Then on the other side I cut a very small piece of 1/8" wide elastic and stitching in place to make a loop.

Really happy with how this top turned out as well as my culottes. Very excited to put this plaid outfit together, and I think I’ll wear it to a holiday party I’m going to next week.

Happy Sewing!

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    Nov 22, 2018, 08.01 AMby kazpaz

    Why has it never occurred to me to cut out the darts!? Great idea, and once I’ll be using from now on, Thankyou Love the top, especially the fabric choices

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    • Meg_healy_burdastyle_90_90_large

      Nov 22, 2018, 01.58 PMby MegH

      Haha, it’s never too late!!!

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