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vera_wasiuta | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Please someone,refresh my memory.If I remember correctly, to construct a tube top,you put elastic thread in the bobbin and sew parallel lines across the fabric.Is this right? How much wider than the body to be covered should the fabric be? Talk about what comes around goes around!thanks vera


  1. bonnie_sandy-Sterling | | #1

    Yes, as for correct width ,create a gauge by stitching a sample fabric 12" wide with parallel lines. Adjust your bobbin and top stitch tension to suit the fabric. Normally find that I need about 3 times the width. Remember to proper tie ends to avoid loose stiches from wear or wash.
    Bonnie Sandy-Sterling

    1. HelgaPataki | | #2

      tube top with or without armpit cut off

      Hi, I know I am late with this reply but I wonder if anybody knows the difference between wearing a tube top with/without an armpit cut off.  The more current tube tops from the manufactures and patterns have a plain tube but the vintage patterns has a slight indentation representing where the arm pit is.  Does it fit much differently?  Is the fit better? 

      1. Teaf5 | | #3

        Tube tops

        With indentations for the armpit, the tube top can ride higher across the bust, a critical fitting issue for anyone! 

        Small-chested women may need the higher top to keep the top secured to their chest area, and medium-busted women may need it for more coverage.  The elastic has to cling to the bones of the chest, not to the soft tissue and curves of the bust, which will make the elastic slide up or down to the narrowest line of the torso.

        Larger busted women usually can't wear a tube top, but if they do, they'll need for the top line to go low under the arms and actually curve upward across the front to result in a straight line once the fabric in front goes out and over their bustline curves.  This is the same as the fba, full bust adjustment, that adds extra fabric not only widthwise but also lengthwise in a bodice front.

        If you're going to be moving much at all in a tube top, it's a good idea to use clear plastic or decorative straps for security!

        1. HelgaPataki | | #4

          Thank you for letting me know about the armpit cut out

          I think I am going to try it out. 

          1. Teaf5 | | #5

            Go for it!

            Let us know how your tube top turns out!

          2. HelgaPataki | | #6

            tube top prediction

            I predict that it will work out just great.  It would be like a well-fitting tank top wthout the straps.  Do you think this will work as well--?:

            if I can't locate that vintage tube top pattern with the indentation for the armpits, I can make a shirred elastic tube top and mark the armpit indentations and cut the armpit portion out afterwards and then finish the garment from there on.  Do you think there would be problems in finishing that area if I cut it out after the tube portion is completed?  Do you have any suggestions about the process of finishing of a cut portion?

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