Bring on the Braid
Posted 26 June, 09on:
Summer is my favorite time of year because I get to wear cute little tops like this:
The pattern is Design #8 from the 02/09 issue of Ottobre Woman. I added some shirring just under the bust line to give it more shape. For the straps, I wanted something more special than just a drawstring. I cut three strips of fabric 3/4 inch wide and 30 inches long. The fabric was folded into thirds and pressed. I stitched the length of the strips with an alternating zig zag stitch to cover the exposed raw edge. Folding the raw edges in would have resulted in four layers of fabric. I thought that would make them too bulky to braid. It was challenging to braid the fabric, yet avoid a heavy look. To join the two ends of the braided, I used a wide zig zag. Not too attractive. I was a little concerned about the braid shifting around, revealing that nasty little bit. I pulled it to the center back and hand tacked it in place on the inside. No more worries about things sliding out that shouldn’t. The fabric is a border print from Fabrix in San Francisco. I thought it might be a skirt, but I am glad it became this top instead.