glittering neckholder-top


so this is my second top according to the trends of winter. Sorry it took so long to upload, I do not have wlan in my new home yet and the internet-stick I am using for now is disconnecting itself pretty often, so it would be so annoying to try to upload something. But I am still working on new videos and projects as you might know, if you read my tweets. Well this weekend I am on a visit and here I have a fast wlan so I try to upload at least one recipe+video, while I am here.



1 m elastic fabric with paillettes
about 30 cm lining in a similar color (or a very soft bias binding you can buy already cut)
thread fitting the fabric

and you gonna use paper shears, tailor shears, paper, pen, glue or tesa strips, measurement tape, set square, pins and of course a sewing machine

The pattern 


(1)You start with the original pattern from the polka-dot-top , there you copied it and added seam-allowance so you should still have this pattern laying around, if you didn’t sew this top please click on the link and read the recipe to make this pattern, if you wanna keep it for any reason, make a copy of it by tracing it on another paper, because we gonna cut it up.

(2) Cut it right on that parallel line 2 cm over the chest-line

(3) Now measure around your neck and as deep as you want your later neck-hole should be.

(4)Take a new paper and measure the half of that neck-hole from the edge, draw an parallel line to the edge at that measurement.


(5) Now put the inner corner of the upper part on that line you drew and put the other part right at the edge of that new paper and move them so the side-seam is connected.

(6)+(7) add your seam allowance, I used 2 cm because I wasn’t sure how fast those paillettes would fall of the fabric after cutting

(8) cut it


(9)+(10) I did the neckband a little longer, so I can make a knot in my neck with the fabric.

(11)+(12) next you take anew paper and draw the pattern-outlines on it, from the bottom till that 2 cm above the chest-line, remember to put the pattern right at the edge of the paper.


(13)+(14) draw an straight and right angled line back to the paper-edge and add the seam allowance, then cut the template, thats the back-part

(15)+(16) now draw the upper part of the pattern on another paper, until 10 cm below the line we used for the back-part


(17) your three templates of the pattern

(18) now fold the fabric parallel to the selvage, in the width of your front parts, measure at both sides of the fold to be sure its parallel

(19)+(20) pin the templates on the fabric right at the fold line and cut them (your hands might hurt after it, if you used some material with paillettes, too, because it takes some force to cut through the paillettes and your cutting space might glitter afterwards and you’ll find pailletes and halfs of them everywhere after, but it makes me smile to find those glittery things even in the bathroom, if you like things very clean, be careful by picking the place for cutting or use another material)


(21)+(22) Fold the rest of the fabric parallel to the selvage, find a part thats big enough for your back-part when its put right at the fold, pin it and cut it

(23)+(24) Now you take your lining and fold it in a 45° angle to the selvage, pin that fold and draw some lines with 3 cm between them, pin some more pins in to keep the fabric in place then cut it into stripes, those are homemade bias binding, if you wanna already cut bias binding make sure its really soft and flexible. I use it so them seam wont stretch out, which easily happens with elastic fabrics, but if you take stiff bias binding it will look weird at the seams.


(25)+(26) put your front part on the ground or table and put the back part face to face on it

(27) take one bias binding strip and put it on the up-seam of the back, fold the part with the bias binding twice and pin it

(28)then pin the side seams along with bias binding on each front and back

The Sewing 

Remember to secure your seams at start and end with some stitches back and forth!


(1)Sew the side-seams up until the end of the back part with a normal straight stitching line

(2) put the double-front part face to face on the front but also over the back

(3)pin the seams with bias binding and sew it from the end of the double-part all around till the other end (over the double folded upper-back-seam) with straight stitching

(4) now sew next to the side-seam on the seam allowance an zigzag-line up to the end of the back-part


(5) Now cut the seam allowance to half or less if you used 2 cm,too.

(6)+(7)Turn the garment on the right side, don’t hurt yourself with the pins which are still in the upper-back-seam

(8)Sew that seam starting a little over the side-seam and also end like it on the other side too with straight stitching.


(9)your finished seam

(10) all thats left is the hem, fold it twice and pin it

(11) sew it with a straight line

(12) make a knot in the ends

My finished glittering neckholder-top!

I noticed later, that the paillettes feel a little rough on the skin, so I bought another glitter-fabric and am working on a variation, but I love the looks of this one, but I better only wear it with a longer top under it. Please test the fabric you wanna use before, how it feels on your skin,  so you will not have this problem!

If there are any questions feel free to leave a comment or write me an email, to write back my internet-stick is fast enough and I check back here at least once a day.

If you made a top like this I will be glad if you send me a picture of it or put it in the comments. If you like my blog you can become a fan on facebook or follow me on twitter.

All the best

your TailorFairy 


  1. Your pattern worked so well! I made an easy white beach version of it. My first piece after 5 years of not sewing. not perfect,the side seams with the bias binding feel a bit “thick”,but I wore it at the beach yesterday and felt so proud 🙂 Thank you! You are great!

    • thank you! I am glad to hear it worked well for you. You are right the method with the bias binding can look a little thick, but its the easiest way to keep the seam from stretching out.

      • Did you use lining like me or a normal cotton bias binding? I only used one strip of bias binding at each seam, I am not sure what you mean with “just at the backside”.
        I am sorry, I made that top more then 2 years ago, so I don’t remember exactly what kind of needle I used, but I think I used a leather needle because it cuts through the glitter, but does not break it.

      • In your description of pictures 27 and 28 it seemed to me that you say: put the binding on the back seams and THEN turn over and do it on the front part as well? well, thats what I did. Did the bias binding myself, like you;) and yes, I wanted to know the needle strength, because I found a beautiful paillette-fabric as well here. Had to have it! Although I never worked with it

      • sorry for my late answer, I had exams yesterday. I am also really sorry, but I really do not remember what kind of sewing needles I used. I used one strip of bias binding on each side of the seams but I did not fold them over, I just let them be that way. What I do remember about sewing with sequin-fabric is that everything glitters because those small pieces are everywhere in your place and it will take quite some time to get them out. 😉

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