I have something “just for the ladies” today! I’m sharing a quick and easy knit top for spring, something super confy that you can throw on with your favorite pair of jeans and sandals (Great for an impromptu picnic at the park!) It can be made in under 2 hours (less than 1 hour once you get use to it). I wear a medium (8/10) and used 1 yard of (two-way stretch) 45″ knit fabric. Based on the diagram below, I believe one yard of fabric will work for most sizes depending on the fabric’s width; however, if you find that you are not able to fit the WAIST pieces underneath the arc of the top, you will need to add extra yardage for the WAIST pieces.
(1/2″ seam allowance is used unless otherwise noted.)
STEP 1: Cut out your pieces.
Since the top requires only 4 basic measurements, I drew directly onto the fabric using tailor’s chalk. (I freehanded the side seam arc)
The total length between sleeve ends is 38″. This will hit most above or just below the elbow. Extend or shorten the sleeve to your liking :).
The front and back pieces of the top are duplicates. The top is fairly “roomy”, but if you have a full bust you may need to make an adjustment. NOTE*: The bottom of the top is ¼ of the total waist measurement. The WAIST piece is ½ of the total waist measurement.
Once you cut out your pieces, hem top edge of front and back pieces by ½”
STEP 2: Cut Out 2 Keyholes
For the keyhole I freehanded a “teardrop” shape onto my card stock (use any paper) and used it as a pattern. It measured 2″ tall and 1.5″ at it’s widest point, but you can play around with size until you find something you like. Just remember, any larger, and you’ll need to adjust the length of the KEYHOLE STRAPS.
Cut 2 keyhole shapes 3” from center front (1” between).
STEP 3: Attach Keyhole Strips to Keyholes
This was difficult to diagram or explain in words, so I put together a quick video tutorial to explain how to attach the fabric strips to the keyhole. (You can also use bias tape here)
Gather the bottom of your top using a basting/gathering stitch. Gather until bottom of top matches width of WAISTBAND.
Placing right sides together, attach waistband to bottom of top. (Do this for your front AND back top pieces.)
STEP 5: Mark Starting Point of Shoulder Seam.
Mark Starting Point for shoulder seam 6” from Center Front (On both sides of center). The point should fall a little past your second keyhole.
STEP 5: Pin Front and Back Pieces Together
With right sides facing, pin front and back pieces together at marked starting points. Continue pinning until you get to the end of your sleeves. Sew pinned area together on both sides leaving a center opening. To keep the “unstitiched” areas from rolling up, fold under ½” and top stitch in place.
STEP 6: Sew Side Seams
Sew Side Seams starting at bottom of sleeve to bottom of top.
STEP 7: Double Waistband
Place a ¼” hem at the bottom of the top. Iron flat. Turn the bottom of the top inward until it just covers the inside seam. Your waistband should now be about half its height. Pin in place. Stitch “in the ditch” of the seam.
STEP 8: Hem Sleeves
Turn sleeves in and hem in place.
That’s it! So super easy, right? Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments or send me an email at littlekidsgrow (at) gmail (dot) com.
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