Donut Blouse Tutorial
Today is an exciting day! This is the very first post from one of my four regular monthly contributors! Kelley is from Casa Crafty, and I was so excited when she applied for the position to come here and share a tutorial with you guys once a month. I’m such a fan of her work, and I know you will be, too. Today she’s sharing a beautiful Donut Blouse tutorial that’s perfect and breezy for these hot August days! Here’s Kelley:
Hello everybody! I am so excited to be a part of Hideous!Dreadful!Stinky! I am a goat herding, garden building, sewing machine wielding mama. Through the Casa Crafty #365makes challenge, I have moved on from traditional materials (like trampolines and shower curtains) into a world of off-beat DIY upcycling, one crazy month at a time. I find myself with a growing desire to upcycle a rocket and fly to the moon with my 2 growing sons and my incredible (and patient) husband!
It gets hot here in the summer. Its a dry heat that begs for a refreshing beverage and a billowy sleeve. I think this top reminds me a lot of my mother. Dressing for summer in the 70’s. My inspiration for this top was to feel wrapped up in a light breeze. I took a few cues from vintage design books keeping that loose and fitted idea in mind. It’s ease is in its simplicity of construction: it really is a donut. Or a better visual may be a circle skirt for your top half. The bias binding belts make it snug or loose as you prefer and you can customize this as you want. In the pictures with the cream colored blouse, I used a natural double gauze and Liberty print hand made bias tape from my shop. In the pics of the green top, I used a vintage sheet, some purple bias binding, and stretch lace.
at least 1 sq yard fabric
3yd bias binding
scissors, thread, sewing machine, iron, ironing board
1. Fold fabric in half and then in half again, It should have started out square, so any way you start is right. If you decide to make a more oval shape, make it the length of your neck to crotch measurement.
2. At the corner with both folds cut an arc that is 4″ from the center point horizontal and vertical. (This can be larger if needed.)
3. Round out the bottom edge to make a curve, thus creating the donut when you unfold the whole piece of cloth.
4. Measure and apply bias binding to neck hole. If you stuck with the 4″ cutting, this will be 32″ of bias binding. Stitch the strip of bias binding together at the short ends to create a circle. Unfold the binding and stitch right sides together with the top of the neck hole.
5. Flip the binding to the back of the neckhole, iron with the exposed portions enclosed in the folds of the bias tape. put the donut over your head, pin or mark placement of belts at waist. Make 2 belt strings from bias binding front = 1 yd, back = 2 yd.
6. Hem outer edge of circle. Tie front at back, then wrap back around front and tie in back. Voila!
Don’t be scared!
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