How To Sew A Camisole Top

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I love summer! I have been in the mood for warmer weather for a while. We have another new and exciting sewing project for you. Today on HappiestCamper, we are going to show you How to Sew A Camisole Top! This super cute top is perfect for those long summer days when you want to wear something light and airy. When my sewing friend, Debbie, showed me this new pattern, I knew it would become a staple in my summer wardrobe. This top is easy to sew, and the included free pattern makes it a breeze to cut out your fabric pieces and size this just right. You can make this cute camisole top with a print fabric like the photo below or make some out of solid color fabric for easier layering and color coordinating. It would pair great with our kimono cardigan! This is one of my favorite things to make, as you can sew this yourself for cheaper than you could buy in-store. If you are looking for a simple clothing sewing project, this camisole top is for you!

For this project, I used bias tape to make the straps and I love this look. You could cut your own fabric one of you prefer, but the bias tape makes it simple. Gather up your sewing supplies from the list below and let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

 Size Chart:

Imperial (inches)SmallMediumLarge
Chest343638
Waist283032
Hip384042

Printing Instructions

This camisole top pattern has layers, so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.

Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”. If it does, print the remaining pages.

Trimming Pages

Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together. 

Pattern Assembly

After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment.  When done your pattern should look like this: 

Pattern Pieces Checklist

Once you have printed and assembled your pattern. You will cut the following pieces. (The elastic length is provided in a cut chart and is not a pattern piece). 

Back BodiceCut 1 on fold
Front BodiceCut 1 on fold

Seam Allowance

Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.

How To Sew A Camisole Top

Start this how to sew a camisole top sewing tutorial by washing, drying, and ironing your fabric. This acts as a pre-shrink so that your stitches won’t get messed up the first time you wash this top. It also helps soften the fabric for a more comfortable fit. Once you have done that, lay the included free pattern on your fabric of choice and use it to cut out your pieces according to the cut list above. Now, with our camisole top pieces cut out, we can start putting it all together.

Take the back bodice and fold the top edge to form the elastic casing. You will fold it 1/4” then another 1/2”. 

Now it’s time to sew! Sew along the folded edge to form the elastic channel.

Next on this how to sew a camisole top sewing tutorial, we will add the elastic to our top. Attach the elastic to a safety pin and insert into the channel. Pin at both ends to secure. Baste the elastic in place.

Open your bias tape and pin the raw edge to the neckline. This will give our camisole top a clean and finished look.

Sew in place following the crease in the bias tape as a guide. Fold the bias tape over concealing the raw edges and sew the bias tape along the folded edge.  Trim the bias tape. We are about halfway through this how to sew a camisole top sewing tutorial!

For the armholes of your camisole top, sew the bias tape as you did for the neckline, only this time measure 12.5” more for the straps. 

Sew the bias tape to the armhole continuing into the straps.  Repeat for the other armhole.

Next on this how to sew a camisole top sewing tutorial, we will put it together. Pin the front and back bodice right sides together, aligning side seams, and sew. Finish the edges with a zigzag stitch. 

Fold the hem of the top wrong sides together by 1/2” then by another 1/2” and pin.

Sew the hem of your camisole top using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Fold the top in half aligning the side seams.  Fold the back bodice in 1/2 again. Mark the quarter points with pins/clips.  

Bring your shoulder straps to the back bodice and fold the raw edges under by 1/2”. Pin the straps to the back bodice at the mark. This cute camisole top is really coming together!

Sew the strap in place. Repeat for the other side.

And that’s it! Now you know how to sew a camisole top! We hope you enjoyed this fun sewing tutorial! I love wearing this cute top by itself and with a light cardigan. It is so light and breezy. Sew some of these for yourself and enjoy your own handmade style!

If you liked learning how to sew a camisole top, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How To Sew A Camisole Top

Camisole Top Create Card

This cute camisole top is easy to make and looks so cute! Great for layering or just wearing by itself.

Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Moderate
Estimated Cost $15.00

Instructions

  1. Print and assemble free pattern. Use it to cut out your fabric pieces.
  2. Take the back bodice and fold the top edge to form the elastic casing. You will fold it 1/4” then another 1/2”. 
  3. Sew along the folded edge to form the elastic channel.
  4. Attach the elastic to a safety pin and insert into the channel. Pin at both ends to secure. Baste the elastic in place.
  5. Open your bias tape and pin the raw edge to the neckline. 
  6. Sew in place following the crease in the bias tape as a guide. Fold the bias tape over concealing the raw edges and sew the bias tape along the folded edge. 
  7. Trim the bias tape. 
  8. For the armholes sew the bias tape as you did for the neckline, only this time measure 12.5” more for the straps. 
  9. Sew the bias tape to the armhole continuing into the straps. 
  10. Repeat for the other armhole.
  11. Pin the front and back bodice right sides together, aligning side seams and sew. Finish the edges with a zigzag stitch. 
  12. Fold the hem of the top wrong sides together by 1/2” then by another 1/2” and pin. 
  13. Sew the hem.
  14. Fold the top in half aligning the side seams. 
  15. Fold the back bodice in 1/2 again. Mark the quarter points with pins/clips. 
  16. Bring your shoulder straps to the back bodice and fold the raw edges under by 1/2”.
  17. Pin the straps to the back bodice at the mark. Sew the strap in place. Repeat for the other side.
  18. Enjoy!

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