So this is my first project according to the trends for the winter, even though it is definitely not made to wear in winter, unless your winter is warm or you wear a nice jacket over or a thin long-sleeve under it. I guess you will have a great styling idea. If you don’t like polka-dots you can of course use any elastic material you like.



1.2 m jersey with polka-dot print

1.5 m bias binding (cotton) in a fitting color

1 m string in a fitting color

thread fitting the color of the fabric

and of course paper, paper shears, sewing machine, tailor shears and a pen


so you start in the middle of some paper at the edge and draw a line in a right angle to the edge with 1/4 of your waist girth as length.From that go 12 cm down in a right angle, next right angle and add some cm for the hips… if your difference between waist and hips isn’t big 1 or 2 cm will be enough. My hips are wide compared to my waist, so for me I used 5 cm. Now you go on the edge of the paper from the waistline your waist-to-chest measurement up and up there in a right angle 1/4 of your chest girth. Connect those three dots with one curved line.

Next you draw a parallel line 2 cm over the chest line. Now you take a measurement-tape and measure from the middle of your one chest around your neck to the middle of the other chest. Divide this into two and draw a line with that length in a wide angle from the edge of the parallel line. At the end of that line a right angle again and 3-5 cm. From that point draw a line back to the edge again, about 10 cm over the parallel line.

Cut it. Draw a right angle on the other side of the short line and reconnect it in a curve back to the line and cut that small part.

Now draw it on a bigger paper right on the edge and of course a seam allowance around, I used 1 cm for seam allowance. Then draw it on a second time, but this time only till the line 2 cm over the chest line, draw a straight line back to the edge and add your seam allowance. Now we come to the third part: Draw it on only from the waistline up, go 2 cm up from the waistline, connect it straight in a right angle to the edge and seam allowance of course.


Now that you have the three templates of the pattern you need your fabric. Fold it face to face (selvage to selvage) and be sure it isn’t stretched. Then you can put on the paper edge right on the fold line. Pin them down and cut.

unfolded your 3 parts should look similar. Now put the back part face-to-face to the front part and pin the side-seams.


always remember the secure your seams by some stitchings back and forth at beginning and end! 

sew the side seams with zigzag-stitching. Now put the double part on them and pin the seams beginning at the end of the side seam and the up-seam. If your material stretches when being sewn and doesn’t go back in its original size, pin bias binding on the seam as well. Sew the seams with zigzag. When you use bias binding also sew it on the up-seam of the back.

I did sew the up-seam with a straight line again, to make it stronger. Then you need to sew the small end diagonal or straight with zigzag but leave a small hole close to the up-seam. Now you measure around your neck and down the size you want your later neck-hole (don’t make it to small). Take that measurement and add at least 30 cm. Cut that much of the string. Mark 15 cm (half of the 30) from each end of the string. Pin a safety-pin at each end and put the string in the hole you left until you reached your mark. There you are going to fix it by sewing it over some times. Then you can turn the garment on the right side. Next you start at one of the parts, where the string come out of the fabric and sew a zigzag line as close as possible to the string, which you put right at the up-seam, since the string is shorter then the fabric, ruffle the fabric by pulling the string more in the front, when you reach the point when you have far to much fabric in front of the needle. When you reach the next end turn and sew down the other seam, until you reach the side seam, now turn to the up-seam of the back and sew it while folding the seam allowance inward. At the side-seam turn again and sew until you reach your starting point.

Now fold the seam allowance of your inner part inward and pin it on the side seams. Sew the side seams again from the right and fix by it the inner part on the side seams. Then the only thing left to do is the hem, fold the allowance inward and sew the hem with zigzag. Then do knots at the ends of the string and you finished the polka-dot-top.

I hope you had fun with this top, let me know what you think and how beautiful yours turned out. 😉 Become a fan on facebook or follow me on twitter to keep updated about anything new on my blog.

All the best

your TailorFairy


  1. I am not a design student and who knows if I will be ever a good tailor. But with your blog (and my tons of books 😉 ) I hope that this time I can really follow through, learn a lot, learn to make clothes, live my dream. I like your blog!!!

    Kind regards, Eva

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