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July 8, 2010 - Susan's Elastic Top and Capris
Susan's Elastic Top and Capris
Designed by Susan Whitman, co-owner of Childrens Corner
retail store with Sonya Webster
- Use Ό seam allowances.
- Use 1 width of fabric 55 wide Liberty of London
or 60 lawn. If using a heavier weight fabric, use 45
- Decide on length of top (sample garment is a tunic
length) see chart on right for suggested lengths.
Please measure your child this tunic length is halfway
between the crotch and the knee (as shown with
READ STEP 4 VERY CAREFULLY!!!
Calculating length of skirt part of tunic:
From finished length, subtract strap distance
(measurement from top of shoulder to top of underarm).
This should be about 5 to 6 depending on your size.
(This 5 6 will be half of finished strap length
across shoulder from front to back.) Then, add 2 Ύ for
hem and top casing. This is the length of fabric to
cut. Example Finished length for a size 5 is 21.
21(finished length) 5(strap distance) + 2 Ύ (hem
and casing) = 18 Ύ (length of fabric to cut)
With right sides together, stitch side seam. Serge or
overcast this seam and press to one side. As there is
only have one seam, place seam in center back.
Serge or overcast top edge of tunic skirt to finish raw
Fold down top edge 1 Ύ and stitch in a ⅜ wide casing
next to serged edge, leaving a small opening. This will
leave a ruffle with a width of about 1 Ό at top of
Run Ό wide elastic through casing and stitch elastic
ends together. Stitch up opening left in casing
Serge or overcast bottom edge to finish raw edge.
Fold up 1 for hem and press. Topstitch in place. Press
Calculating length to cut for straps:
Take the strap distance (measurement from top of
shoulder to top of underarm) and multiply times 2. This
gives you your finished strap length. Multiply this by
1 ½ or 1 Ύ depending on weight of fabric. Cut two
straps this long (this will probably be about 18
21.) by 3 wide.
Fold strap in half with right sides together. Stitch
down long edge Ό from raw edges. Trim seam, turn and
Sew a 3/8 wide casing down center of strap.
Run Ό wide elastic through casing. Tack elastic at one
end and draw up elastic until strap is desired length
(Example strap finished length is 12). Then tack
elastic at other end of strap.
Topstitch straps to inside of top at top of tunic
Sample is a Size 5-6,
made with 55" wide Liberty.
Suggested Tunic Lengths
(please measure your child!)
1 - 15"
2 - 16 ½"
3 - 18"
4 - 20"
5 - 21"
6 - 23"
7 - 24"
8 - 25"