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How to sew a Camisole

Updated: May 8

Hello sewing enthusiasts. Learn how to sew a Camisole/Cami/Spaghetti straps top. This pattern is very easy to follow and simply requires minor modifications to the basic bodice or torso sloper. 

Measurements

1. Neck depth (as desired)

2. Length of Camisole

3. 2 yards Bias binding (optional). You can make your own by following the instructions in the video


How to Draft the Camisole


Front

1. Copy Front Torso/Dress sloper to a new paper.

2. Mark the length of the Camisole and square across. In the illustration above, the length is at the high hip point.

3. Cut the Waist dart and Shoulder darts open to the apex

4. Pivot in the direction of the arrow to close the Shoulder dart and expand the waist dart.


5. Mark the Neck depth and square across to the armhole

6. Lower the Armhole by 1/2 to 1inch (1 to 2cm)

7. Add 2-inch ease (4cm) to the pattern. To do this, divide the 2inch ease by 4, which is 1/2inch (1cm). Add this to the side of the Bodice. This will also be added to the Back.

8. Draw a guideline from mid-shoulder to the apex. This will be the strap. Draw a new armhole from the point where the strap meets the neckline to the side

9. Reshape the Hem with a gentle curve.

10. Label the Pattern as illustrated, noting grainlines, fold and notches.

11. The dart shall be ignored when sewing

12. Add 1/2inch (1cm) Seam allowance to the neckline and side seams, then 1inch(2cm) seam allowance to the hem. DO NOT add seam allowance to the armhole which will be finished with double-fold bias binding.


Back

1. Copy Back Torso/Dress sloper to a new paper.

2. Mark the length of the Camisole and square across. In the illustration above, the length is at the high hip point.

3. If you have an underarm dart, you can close it to make the waist dart wider, same as step 3 above.

4. Lower the Armhole by 1/2 to 1inch (1 to 2cm)

5. Add the 1/2inch (1cm) for ease to the side of the Bodice.

6. For the Neck depth, square across from the underarm point to the centre back. You can make this line straight or slightly curved lowering it at the centre back.

7. Draw a guideline from mid-shoulder to mid-neckline. This will be the strap.

8. Reshape the Hem with a gentle curve.

9. Label the Pattern as illustrated, noting grainlines, fold and notches.

10. The dart shall be ignored when sewing

11. Add 1/2inch (1cm) Seam allowance to the neckline and side seams, then 1inch(2cm) seam allowance to the hem.


How to Sew the Camisole

Please watch the video for details on drafting and sewing including how to make the bias binding.  


Thanks for reading and do leave a comment below if you have any questions. Happy sewing!


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