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Thread: Looking for pattern for a "top" (blouse)

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    When I was in Colorado in June visiting my daughter we naturally had to visit all the quilt shops. One of them was going to have a class in July on a top (blouse) called: 2 Squares Make a Top. I wanted to buy the pattern but they told me it had come from a magazine, they didn't have the magazine but would order it for me and send it. They just called to say they can't get back issues of the magazine. NOW - this is where it gets hazy. The gal who called didn't know the name of the magazine nor did any of the other gals. They thought it might be the Bernina magazine, Through the Needle, or possibly from a Threads magazine. Has anyone seen this pattern? This was the blurp on the class:
    Just two squares of fabric will make a bias top that’s easy to
    sew and comfortable to wear. A simple pattern, fast cutting,
    quick sewing—you’ll leave class with a finished top and
    inspiration to make several more!
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    What a fun and simple looking pattern!!! Please share the where abouts of the pattern if you find it :D

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    I haven't seen this top before. But we could think this through together...

    Measure your arms hanging by your side, wrist to wrist up and over the back of your neck, and then add an inche to that for the hem. Cut the square out. It looks like they took the tips off of the square to make the sleeve straight across. The neckline is just a little tricky. So use a scrap piece of muslin or tissue paper and cut it out with that first. It should be large enough to go over your head. Then measure how far down the neck should be in the front. When that is right, then tranfer it to the garment. Kind of like what you would do with a pancho neckline. Leaving an inch to double turned under as the hem. The neckline could be finished with 1/4 inch double fold bias made with your fashion fabric.

    The sides are a square cut into fourths. Then sewn on to match the tip of the front V hemline and then up leaving a half inch at the end of the seam to match up the side seams. The sides are then sewn from the sleeve to bottom of the garment.

    Then press under the hem all around, then again to make the raw edges enclosed and top stitch to finish.

    I use a sewing form, so I do things like this often. And, I drape cut garments too. I hope this makes any sense. It looks pretty easy.

    You can use a small pieces of paper (or fabric) to make a tiny one first. (Doll sized) That gives you an idea how it all should go together without cutting into your fashion fabric. Write down any thoughts or steps ahead of time on paper for your instructions.

    I hope you can make heads or tails of my thoughts on this top. It looks cute and comfortable!

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    This shirt looks a little like that but with more detail,
    http://www.brensan.com/Garment/Shirt..._patterns.html

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    That is a nice site thimblebug! I love the tunic.

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    Wow! Would love to have a pattern that even I could make. Hope someone comes up with the exact pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    I haven't seen this top before. But we could think this through together...

    Measure your arms hanging by your side, wrist to wrist up and over the back of your neck, and then add an inche to that for the hem. Cut the square out. It looks like they took the tips off of the square to make the sleeve straight across. The neckline is just a little tricky. So use a scrap piece of muslin or tissue paper and cut it out with that first. It should be large enough to go over your head. Then measure how far down the neck should be in the front. When that is right, then tranfer it to the garment. Kind of like what you would do with a pancho neckline. Leaving an inch to double turned under as the hem. The neckline could be finished with 1/4 inch double fold bias made with your fashion fabric.

    The sides are a square cut into fourths. Then sewn on to match the tip of the front V hemline and then up leaving a half inch at the end of the seam to match up the side seams. The sides are then sewn from the sleeve to bottom of the garment.

    Then press under the hem all around, then again to make the raw edges enclosed and top stitch to finish.

    I use a sewing form, so I do things like this often. And, I drape cut garments too. I hope this makes any sense. It looks pretty easy.

    You can use a small pieces of paper (or fabric) to make a tiny one first. (Doll sized) That gives you an idea how it all should go together without cutting into your fashion fabric. Write down any thoughts or steps ahead of time on paper for your instructions.

    I hope you can make heads or tails of my thoughts on this top. It looks cute and comfortable!
    I think I could make on from these instructions. Good job!!

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    i've seen this top and thimblebug has it right. the only difference i saw was that the neckline had a very soft facing becuase when you get down to the 'v' of the neckline, you have to snip the fabric to spread it to fit and that invites frays or tears.

    i saw this in provincetown in one of those little boutique shops where they make and sell easy to make, one size fits ( almost ) all, wonderful indian (or other interesting) fabric garments. they also sold things like long pieces of fabric (long, long, long ) that you wrap around yourself, throw it over one shoulder and call it a dress (?). mucho dinero. peruvian tote bags, etc. you get the picture.

    actually, because of the fabric, very beautiful things and very pricey. nothing you can't make at home though, with our fabric, if you're selective.

    also, picture a front-wrap straight-line dress. now picture that the front has a very wide overlap. the overlap has an extra armhole. when you put your arm through this extra hole, the front wrap stays in place. because the wrap is so wide, it covers well. one arm goes through 2 armholes. can you see that? that's from that same store. easy and clever, and one size fits (almost ) all. as they say on menus, $$$$$.

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    July 2009 Threads magazine has the instructions on how to make a bias top from two squares. It's not v necked but very nice.

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    I just found this pattern....in Threads Magazine...not sure its what you were looking for....looks like your picture.

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