PEGGY TOP

IMG_3649

So here we are at last…..a long awaited top!!! Yaaay!

This one is so chic and versatile too, you can dress it up or wear in a relaxed weekend sort of way. I’ve made the short version in a cool cotton voile and the long sleeved version in a snuggly cotton/linen denim look twill which is lovely and soft. Both these fabrics (and Peggy top pattern) are normally stocked on my ETSY SHOP subject to availability.

Peggy top can be made in two different sleeve lengths, long or short. You can either just hem the sleeve edge, as shown in the above left picture or add an elasticated channel as shown in the right hand picture to make a lovely subtle puff sleeve effect. It also has a nice side slit opening, so its very comfortable to wear.

SEWING STREET YOU TUBE DEMO 

The top pattern kit looks like this and comes with pattern templates, instructions, a piece of elastic, interfacing and a self cover button all packed up in a recycled kraft bag with handles.

IMG_3694

Suitable fabrics are: light/med weight cotton, viscose, polyester, cotton/linen mixes, fleece back cotton jersey.

So let me talk you through this easy to make top. Well, its round necked, boxy shape with bust darts and a rather nice back neck loop and button opening (see below).IMG_3622

Peggy front sticker

Peggy top is suitable for adventurous beginners, so maybe you’ve cut your teeth on cushions and bag projects and would like to try some simple dressmaking, well this would be a perfect starter pattern as its really quite a straightforward make. Why not take a look at this condensed tutorial blogpost and it will give you an idea about whats involved.

Here are some measurements for you to check over. The pattern is good for sizes 8-20 by the way.

PEGGY BACK

Seam allowance is 1cm. Finish raw edges with a zigzag stitch or an overlocker. IMG_0076

You may like to use a contrast thread for the topstitching, as I did with the long top to get that ‘jeans’ stitch detail.

CUTTING GUIDE – are all shown in the instructions booklet.

HOW TO MAKE PEGGY TOP

1
Insert the darts, sew together at the raw edges.
2
Press the darts downwards.
1
Finish the raw edges of the centre back. Sew the back pieces together with the right sides together. Press.
2
Join the front to back at the shoulder edges. Finish the raw edges. Press them towards the back, then topstitch on the right side. Stay stitch around the neck edge (a line of stitching within the seam allowance to stop the curved section from stretching).
3
Join the facing pieces at the short edges. Press the seam allowances open. Finish the outer edge only.
4
Pin the facing to the neck raw edge. Sew
5
Nick the seam allowance with small V’s. Careful not to snip your stitching!
7
Press the facing away from the body.
8
You’ve prepared your rouleau as described in the instructions. Pin to the back neck opening just below the seam as shown above. You will need to adjust it to fit your button. Tack stitch to secure.
9
Fold back the facing at the short sides and stitch down the opening edges to secure the rouleau underneath. Trim your seam allowance corners and any excess rouleau ends.
25
Turn the facing to the reverse side, pushing out the corners with a poking tool. Out pops your lovely loop!
11
Pin the front to back at the side edges below the armhole. Finish the raw edges. Press.

SHORT ELASTICATED SLEEVES (For long sleeves scroll down to the next section….)

12
Pin the sleeve together at the side raw edges. Sew. Finish the raw edge. Press. Repeat for the other sleeve. Now make either just a simple hem at the edge or if you prefer an elasticated cuff, continue to the next section and follow the instructions below.
13
Pin the Elastic channel piece together at the short edges. Press the seam allowances open.
14
Pin the longest edge to the sleeve cuff edge with the right sides together.
15
Press away from the sleeve.
16
Fold back the elastic channel so that the seam line is aligned with the fold. NB. If you don’t have an overlocker you could turn under a small hem to neaten the edge. Pin. Sew close to the edge leaving a 4cm opening at the side seam section.
17
Feed in the elastic (cut to size) with a safety pin. Sew together at the ends when you are happy with the fit.
18
Sew up the opening. Ease the elastic evenly.

LONG ELASTICATED SLEEVES

IMG_3630
Fold over 1cm then again 3cm at the cuff edge, press. Stitch all around, leaving a 3cm opening. Stitch again 3mm from the far outer edge ensuring you have left a 25mm space for the elastic.
IMG_0076
You can see here there are two lines of stitching one to secure the hem at the outer edge and one just inside the outer cuff edge.
IMG_3632
Insert the elastic (cut to size) into the hem with a safety pin, adjust to fit comfortably. Sew the elastic ends together securely.  Sew up the opening.
19
Pin then hand tack the sleeve to the armhole, making sure you align the back section of the sleeve head (as indicated by two notches on the pattern) to the back. Sew. Finish the raw edge.  Repeat for the other sleeve.
20
Press the seam allowance towards the sleeve and topstitch.
21jpg
Hem the lower edge.
22
Topstitch around the side slits to finish them off nicely.

23

Self cover buttons… (who doesn’t love a covered button? )

24jpg
For a 15mm button, cut a piece of fabric approx 25-30mm in diametre. Sew a line of running stitches around the outer edge, pull the threads to gather up the fabric. With the button back placed to one side, pop your button head into the crater and pull the threads some more so that it tightens around the shank. Tuck the raw edges under the claws. Insert the button back on over the shank and push firmly until you hear it snap together.
26
Sew your lovely button on to the back neck opening opposite the loop.
IMG_3670 cropped
I’m very chuffed with my new Peggy top!

Hand Screen printed panel projects

DSCF9167
Screen printed panel pack by Sewgirl
DSCF9163
contains 6 squares to cut up and sew

 

DSCF9089
Expertly Printed by Mark!

 

PIC 1
Cut them up and make all sorts of things…..
spotty cushion pink
Like a Patchwork cushion
DSCF9177
or make charming lavender bags with gingham backs…..
DSCF9160
or bunting ……
DSCF9157
zip purses…..
GIRLS SKIRT WITH PRINT POCKETS
or even pockets for girl’s skirts!

Heres four files for you to download to show you how to make the projects shown above. Happy sewing!

FLORAL BUNTING KIT instructions

LAVENDER BAG instructions

PATCHWORK FLOWER CUSHION instructions

SKIRT WITH FLOWER POCKETS instructions