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From: Web6cats
Date: 06-04-2006, 02:12 PM (1 of 2)
I am in need of a pattern that doesn't exist in the pattern books at this time. I am looking for a ladies top that is elastic under the bust line and capped sleeved. For some reason, I keep thinking it's a Daisy Duke top and it was usually done up in a blue or red/white gingham check and the midriff was totally exposed. Nowadays, the top is referred to as a crop top but is more sophisticaed in style with a band instead of the elastic style of the 60s era and usually madeup in lycra fabrics. I looked in the Costume section of the pattern books also, but nothing came up. Now I'm wondering if there is a place that specializes in patterns like this. Does any one have helpful ideas or sources they can share with me? Thanks.

User: Web6cats
Member since: 08-14-2004
Total posts: 7
From: AndreaSews
Date: 06-04-2006, 04:00 PM (2 of 2)
Great description, Eileen! I know exactly the top you're describing. I think for this you may just have to modify something that's already out there. I have this pattern at home: Simplicity New Look ( and it goes together very easily. Perhaps you can start with this and then crop it and add the elastic to the bottom. If you prefer a fitted band, then cut to fit with enough length to make the band about 3/4 inch(?) when it is folded in half, and add for seam allowances (call it 2 3/4? check my math) and enough width to go around you, add a little bit of ease, but not much if you're using a stretch knit, and ad some to allow for seam allowances. Make side seams to assemble the band. Gather the bottom of the blouse to fit the band, sew on, fold the band over to the underside and top stitch.
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