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Small trick, big effect. This chic wrapped style looks complicated – but it’s actually quite easy to sew, just follow our step by step sewing lesson to make our Jersey Faux-Wrap Shirt pattern that debuted in our Touch of the Tropics pattern collection from the August 2018 issue of BurdaStyle Magazine. Check out all the great diagrams to help you sew this unique jersey top.

Refer to the pattern’s store page here for specific fabric yardage and notion requirements. Also remember to add seam allowance (you can either add to the paper pattern before cutting or to the fabric around the pattern… see below), further info and amounts can be found in the instructions PDF after purchase.


Fabrics
Steps 1 2

Step 1: CUT FABRIC PIECES
Pin pattern pieces to the right side of a single layer of fabric. Important: The printed sides of pattern pieces 1 and 2 must face up. Pin pattern piece 4 to the fabric, once with its printed side facing up and once, facing down. With a ruler and tailor’s chalk, mark the seam and hem allowances as follows: 2 cm (¾") for hem allowances on top and sleeves and on long edges of the draped piece and 1 cm (3/8") on all other seams and edges. Draw pieces a and b directly on the fabric. Cut out all fabric pieces.

Step 2: TRANSFER PATTERN MARKINGS TO THE FABRIC
On all fabric pieces, use dressmaker’s carbon paper and a tracing wheel to transfer the pattern outlines (seam and hem lines) and the seam marks and placement lines onto the wrong side of the fabric. Follow the instructions included with the carbon paper. Hand baste along the placement lines to make these lines visible on the right side of the fabric.

Step 3


Step 3: TIPS FOR WORKING WITH JERSEY
For fine knits, use a machine needle for stretch or jersey fabrics. These needles have rounded points which don’t damage the fabric. To maintain the elasticity of the fabric, stitch seams with a narrow zigzag stitch. Trim seam allowances to 7 mm (¼") wide, finish the edges of the allowances together, with overlock or zigzag stitches, and press allowances to one side. Stitch seam and hem allowances in place with a twin needle (see Step 7).

Step 4


Step 4: BACK NECK EDGE
Fold the strip for the back neck edge (b) in half lengthwise, right side facing out. Pin open edges together to upper edge of back piece. Stitch strip in place, stitching 1 cm (3/8") from edge. Trim seam allowances to 5 mm (3/16") wide. Fold strip to inside and pin in place. With the twin needle, topstitch 5 mm (3/16") from the neck edge, thereby catching the fabric strip.

Step 5


Step 5: FRONT NECK EDGE / FIRST HALF
Fold the strip for the front neck edge (a) in half lengthwise, right side facing out. Mark the centre with a straight pin. Pin open edges together to one half of front neck edge, matching marked centre of strip to centre front. Stitch strip in place, from side edge to centre, stitching 1 cm (3/8") from edge. Tie-off ends of stitching with back-stitches. At centre front, clip allowance of front piece, 5 mm (3/16") deep.

Step 6


Step 6: FRONT NECK EDGE / SECOND HALF
Now pin the second half of the strip in place, spreading the neck edge to a fl at line to do so. Stitch strip in place. Tie-off ends of stitching. Tip: An experienced sewist can stitch the strip to the neck edge in one step. When you get to the centre front, leave the needle in the fabric, clip the allowance, then continue stitching. Finally, turn the strip to the inside and stitch it in place, as described in Step 4.

Step 7


Step 7: DRAPED PIECE
Press allowances on upper and lower edges of the draped piece to the wrong side and pin in place. With the twin needle, topstitch 1 cm (3/8") from each fold edge. With a twin needle, you stitch a straight stitch from the right fabric side, using two upper threads and one bobbin thread. The bobbin thread forms zigzag stitches. This prevents the edge from stretching but still keeps it elastic. Tip: First test this needle on a scrap of fabric. It may help to loosen the thread tension slightly and choose a long stitch setting.

Step 8


Step 8: GATHER SIDE EDGE / BASTE DRAPED PIECE IN PLACE
To gather the right edge of the draped piece, first machine baste 5 mm (3/16") from both sides of the marked seam line. Pull the bobbin threads to gather this edge to 15 cm (6"). Knot the gathering threads. Distribute the gathering evenly. Lay the draped piece on the front piece, with the right sides of both pieces facing up. Pin the gathered edge between the placement lines. On the left, pin pieces togther along shoulder, armhole, and side edges. The lower edge meets the marked placement line. Baste right side edge in place.

Step 9


Step 9: OVERLAP SHOULDER EDGES
Pin the front piece to the back piece, to meet the marked placement lines. Baste side edges (= armhole) together.

Step 10


Step 10: SIDE SEAMS / SLEEVE SEAMS
Lay front piece on back piece, right sides facing. Pin side seams then stitch seams as pinned. Fold each sleeve lengthwise, right side facing in. Pin sleeve seam then stitch seam as pinned. At each seam, trim allowances to 7 mm (¼") wide, finish edges together, and press to one side.

Step 11


Step 11: SET IN SLEEVES
Pin each sleeve to armhole edge, right sides facing. Sleeve seam and side seam must match. The seam numbers 3 on sleeve and front must match. The seam mark on sleeve cap must meet seam mark on front/back. Stitch sleeve in place. Trim allowances to 7 mm (¼") wide and finish edges together.

Step 12


Step 12: HEM / SLEEVE HEMS
Finish the lower edge of the top. Press the hem allowance to the wrong side and pin in place. With the twin needle, stitch 1.5 cm (5/8") from the lower edge, thereby catching the hem. Hem the sleeves in the same manner.

Finished Top


FINISHED!

Want more sewing lessons? Check out our last one here on our Jersey Top with Ties.

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