Thursday, June 4, 2015

Free Pattern // The Scrunch Top // by Craftiness Is Not Optional

Hi everyone! Have you had a chance to check out the Happy Town collection by Emily Isabella?  It's all kinds of adorable, and it comes in quilt-weight poplin AND KNIT!  We're huge fans of Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional.  That's why we were thrilled when she agreed to partner with us on this project!  She's got style, and she's got three of the cutest little girls that possibly ever existed. :)  Check out her exclusive tutorial and FREE PATTERN for Fabricworm!

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So happy to introduce a new tutorial for Fabricworm and showcase one of their fab fabric lines!
This one is called Happy Town and it is adorable! I chose to sew up this fun and easy knit tunic in Happy Spots Mint, and Happy Floral!
Make sure you check out the other designs they are so cute!
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics
I wanted something fun and easy to wear for summer, but with a cute shape, and a design that would be able to show off a fabric!
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics
To sew this tee, you'll need:
(You can get two other larger sizes over at my blog!)
about a yard of knit fabric
double needle, thread, elastic thread for shirring
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Cut out the pattern pieces as directed (not shown, sleeve cuffs, but please do cut those out, lol)
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Pin and sew one shoulder seam together. Press seam towards back.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Fold your neckband in half lengthwise, press. Then line up the raw edge with the inside of the neckline, and sew together, using either a serger or zig zag stitch, and pulling as you go.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
You should have a little left when you are done, trim it off. Press.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Pin and sew the other shoulder seam together.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Press, and tack down the shoulder seam at the neckband towards the back of the shirt.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Pin and sew the side seams.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Turn right side out, then using a ruler and disappearing marker, mark a line across the front and back of your top-about 3-4" below the armscye.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Switch your bobbin thread to elastic thread for the shirring section. Hand wind it on the bobbin, and don't stretch it while you do so! Load the bobbin as usual and set your stitch length longer than normal.
Sew around the top, following the line and back stitching at start and finish. Sew an additional 2-4 lines, depending on how many you want. Make sure to line them up 1/4" away from the center stitch, and so on.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Cuffs: sew the short ends right side together, then press.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Fold in half wrong sides together.
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Pin and sew the cuffs right sides together to the armscye.
Press!
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
Fold up the cuffs like so...
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics-instructions
and then tack then down at the top and bottom of the armscye with a few stitches.
Hem the bottom up 1/2"and you are done!
scrunch top free pattern and tutorial for birch fabrics

Thanks Jess, for sharing this super cute, and beginner-friendly project!  Time to get out those sergers Fabricworms!  And be sure to check out Craftiness Is Not Optional the alternate sizes of this pattern, and many others! 

Yours in Fabulous Fabric,
The Fabricworm Team
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8 comments

Julie said...

Did the neckband comes with this pattern? It didn't print out for me.
Thanks. Cant wait to make this for my granddaughter!

Anita Wiethüchter said...

Hi ... unfortunaetly the link to your blog with the other sizes does not work ??!
thanks anita

Jan said...

Did you mean to pin the cuff with the open edges exposed?

Emilie said...

Here's the correct link to the other pattern sizes...

http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/2015/06/scrunch-top-tutorial-and-free-pattern-for-birch-fabrics.html

craftd1 said...

Thank you! This is adorable! The link to your blog isn't working.:(

mz. locke said...

Hi! This looks like a great top for my 16 month old granddaughter. The neck band did not print out for me. Am I missing something? Also, it is easy to slip over head or do we need a zipper or button closure?

Thanks
Stephanie

diane duncan said...

This is so cute, wish I could make it in woven fabric :(

Poppy said...

Wot size does the neckband have to be? It didn't print. Thanks

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