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Make Three Different Shirts Inspired by the Runway

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Create three runway-inspired shirts base don designs by Anna Sui, Fendi, and Marc Jacobs. The shirts featured here were made from Simplicity SewStylish patterns 2568 and 2570, but you can use patterns with similar silhouettes to get the same effect.

Each top reflects a designer spin on a pattern. First, layers of trim were combined on pattern 2568 to create a print motif inspired by Anna Sui. Next, the neckline of 2570 was adjusted to create a dressy, Fendi-inspired bow-back top. And finally, a billowy neckline and sleeves were added to 2568 for casual, cool style in the manner of Marc Jacobs.

Mix and match techniques to suit your style. You could even apply them to ready-to-wear garments to jazz up items already in your closet.

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Piece together contrasting trim to design your own fabric. Be sure to choose strong trim with tight weaves to guarantee they won’t shred after sewing. Here, fabric trim was sewn into the center front, sleeves, and hem of Simplicity SewStylish pattern 2568.

draw your top patterns1. Draw the top patterns. Trace view B of the pattern with the neckline from view A. Lay out the trim the way you want them positioned. Measure their combined widths. Remove half that measurement from the center front on the top pattern minus a 14-inch seam allowance, as shown at left. Cut 38 inch off the sleeve and hem of the shirt front and back.

2. Cut out the shirt pieces. Cut two fronts and two backs from the fabric.

3. Combine the trim. Measure the length of trim needed for the center front, and cut all of the trim to this length plus 3 inches. Abut the trim in the desired order. To secure it, zigzag over the edges, as shown at right.


zig zag stitching

4. Attach the trim. Turn under the center-front edge of each shirt front 1⁄4…

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