Now we can get that bust panel on paper. For this step, you'll need all of your pattern pieces from before. These are the back pattern and the tummy pattern, also called the lower front. You also need a pen or pencil, a ruler and paper scissors.
Get a specific pair of paper scissors. Plastic handled ones are perfect. Paper will dull your scissor blades fast, making them useless for cutting fabric. If you use someone's very expensive fabric scissors on paper, expect a screaming fit.
Here are all the steps in photo format:
Stuff I Left Out:
1. I usually don't add seam allowances to my patterns. That's because I was trained to make costume patterns. Costume patterns generally don't have seam allowances added, because you want to be able to add different seam allowances to different areas (like side seams and center backs). This makes the finished costumes easier to alter to people of varying sizes, and means you can rent out the costumes later and help cover your expenses. Fashion patterns do have seam allowances, because they get bulk cut in large quantities and no one wants to spend the time adding allowances.
Why is this important?
2. Technically, I should true up my patterns by lining up the actual seam lines, not the edges of the seam allowances. That means I'd need to draw in my seam lines on all my pieces and overlap them to get an exact match. And I didn't do that. It takes a lot of time. And you know what? For this pattern, it doesn't matter.
Why is that not important?
3. This is a stretch knit fabric pattern. It is very forgiving. The final fabric will stretch enough to make it fine. And since there's only a 1/2" seam allowance, it won't be off in any significant way.
Thanks for following along! Now you have all of your pattern pieces for a knit surplice top.
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.