Tuesday, December 1, 2015

PATTERN HACK #3 - Miss Ruby Tuesday Top

Today I'm going to show you another Pattern Hack for the MRT pattern.  It's going to be a versatile top pattern that in itself can then be hacked and turned into many different top styles.   You can make this into a cool summer top, a long sleeve winter top, and using Pattern Hack #1 you can turn it into a cross over top.

The possibilities are endless.  Is there nothing this pattern can't do?

 Ok, now you get the idea of what's possible I'll show you how to turn the MRT pattern into a basic T-Shirt top.

First you'll need your MRT pattern.

1.  Make sure you have tested the MRT pattern and the size you'll be using is right for you.
2.  Transfer your bodice front pattern to paper and continue the CF line down by about 20".
3.  For this tutorial I measured down 10" from the waist for the length of my top.  You can make your top as long or short as you want.
4.  Now square a line out from the 10" mark.  This will form the hem of the top.
5.  Measure your hip area of where the 10" comes on your body.
6.  Divide that measurement by 4 and measure out on your pattern at the hemline and mark.
6.  Next, rule a straight line from the waist/side seam point down to the hem/side seam point.  This is the start of your new side seam.
7.  Measure out about 1/4 - 1/2" at the waist and the hip and curve in your new side seam.  Also, mark up 1/4" from the hem and curve in your new hemline.

Repeat Steps 2 - 7 for the back.
8.  You now have the basic pattern that you can either sew up into a gorgeous sleeveless/sleeved top or you can start playing and changing it into many different tops - like the images show above.

If you've just stumbled onto my blog and want to know what the heck MRT is then click HERE.  And if you want to see what other talented ladies are doing with their MRT pattern then click HERE.

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If you enjoyed this Pattern Hack tutorial or have other ideas for pattern hacks please let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy and Happy Sewing!

Ann Martin is the owner/designer of 1 Puddle Lane - Pattern Studio.
With over 30 years experience in the Fashion Industry she brings a wealth of knowledge on everything from Patternmaking and Sewing to Design.
Ann currently lives in Australia and is always working on new pattern designs to create.   1puddlelane.com.au

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