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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Sewing A Quick and Easy Camisole

Sewing A Quick and Easy Camisole

Hi Sewing Friends:

I am planning a trip and decided I need to update my same old basic traveling clothes. The easiest and least expensive way to do that is to sew several camisoles to wear under my shirts and jackets to give them a new look. I could also use a new beach cover-up.

Besides, I really need to sew up some of my stash, too. So, with a little fabric and time, I will get the job done.

Here is the quick and easy camisole that I sew (some out of knits for casual wear and some out of silk for dressy occasions) without much fuss or effort.

Hope you enjoy it. I would love to hear your ideas. Please share them here on my sewing blog.

To Your Sewing Success,



Sewing a Quick And Easy Camisole

- by Marian Lewis

©2006 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved

1st Step To Sewing Success


Sewing A Quick And Easy Camisole

Camisoles are popular basic wardrobe items for all sizes and ages. Wear it alone or under a jacket or shirt. It can be dressy or casual depending on the fabric.

Add some pizazz to your wardrobe with camisoles.

No pattern is necessary. This camisole is very softly gathered across the chest. It is really a simple tube top.

Cut the fabric:

Determine how long you want the finished camisole to be. Add a hem allowance at the bottom and a casing allowance at the top (depends on the size of your elastic).
  • Measure around the fullest part of your bosom. Add three inches (depending on the fabric weight and the amount of gathers desired) to that plus two seam allowances for the center back seam.
Sew the camisole:

  • Sew the center back seam.
  • Sew the hem.
  • Sew a casing around the top edge.
  • Insert soft mesh elastic.
Great - you made a camisole.

Tip: You can add some trim to the casing to dress up your camisole and make it more interesting. Add the trim before you insert the elastic. If you don't have enough to go all the way around the camisole, just add the trim to the front where it shows. This is a terrific way to use up short pieces of trim in your stash.

Here is a great idea for those of you who prefer to wear a bra with straps with your camisole.

Put on a bra and put on the camisole. Tuck the camisole into your skirt or pants.

Now, with an air soluble marking pen, mark the outline of the camisole on the bra area that shows. Remove the bra and cut camisole fabric to cover the bra straps and any other area that shows when you wear the camisole. Sew the fabric to the bra and now you have eliminated the bra exposure and still have your bosom supported. And, you can still wear the bra with other garments, too.

You can also add shoulder straps to the camisole if you prefer. Cut fabric for the straps either straight or bias. Sew the straps. Put on the camisole. Pin the straps in the appropriate place front and back. Remove the camisole. Sew the straps to the camisole.

Another tip: Add a waist sash. Sew a four inch wide fabric sash to tie around your waist for the latest coordinated look.

Sew camisoles for gifts. Sew camisole tops to go with baggy pajamas. Kids and teens love them.

More ideas: Lengthen the camisole to street or evening length; elasticize the waist and slit the skirt for an evening dress or a beach cover-up. The fabric determines how you use the garment.
Have fun sewing quick and easy camisoles.

It just makes sense!


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