Sewing Pattern #4: Camisole

Updated: May 11

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. This pattern is designed for a non-stretch fabric, preferably cut on the bias or a knit fabric with a little stretch.

Measurements

1. Neck depth (as desired)

2. Length of Camisole (To Hip depth)

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


How to Draft the Camisole


Front

1. Copy Front Dress sloper to the hip length onto new paper.

2. Cut the Waist dart and Shoulder darts open to the apex and pivot in the direction of the arrow to close the Shoulder dart and expand the waist dart. Note the across chest line.

3. Point A to B - Starting from the chest level, mark the Neck depth about 2inches (5cm) or as desired

4. Point C to D - Mark point C at the mid shoulder and square down a straight line to the chest line, Point D.

5. Point D to E - Mark the strap width 3/8inch (1cm) with a straight line.

6. Join Point B to E with a curved line for neck line.

7. Point F to G - Mark the side at the underarm and the hem as points F and G. Connect with a straight line.

8. Point F1 to G1 - Remove 2inch ease (5cm) from the pattern. To do this, divide the 2inches by 4, which is 1/2inch (1.2cm). Move inwards 1/2inch (1.2cm) from the side of the Bodice (line F-G). This will also be removed from the Back.

9. Join Point D to F1 with a curved line for the armhole

10. Mark the Centre front at the waist as Point H. Connect B to H with a straight line for the centre front, and G1 to H with a slightly curved line for the hem

11. The dart is not required and shall be ignored.

12. Seam allowance - Add 1/2inch (1.2cm) Seam allowance to the neckline, armhole, side seams, and hem.


Back

1. Copy Back Dress sloper to the hip length onto new paper.

2. Point A to B - Starting at underarm level, square a straight line across to the centre back

3. Point C to D - Mark point C at the mid shoulder and square down a straight line to the underarm line, Point D.

4. Point A to E- Mark the side at the hem as point E and Connect to Point A with a straight line.

5. Point A1 to E1 - Remove 2inch ease (5cm) from the pattern. Same as the front piece. Move inwards 1/2inch (1.2cm) from the side of the Bodice (line A-E).

6. Mark the Centre back at the waist as Point F. Connect B to F with a straight line for the centre back, and E1 to F with another line for the hem

7. The dart is not required and shall be ignored.

8. Seam allowance - Add 1/2inch (1.2cm) Seam allowance to the neckline, side seams, and hem.

Straps or Ties

Measure line C - D on both front and back pieces and use as a guide for the length of the straps. You can also make them longer to create ties instead, for an adjustable option. The recommended width for the straps is 1/4 - 3/8inch (6mm - 1cm).

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


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