Now let's begin:
Main Fabric: Approx. 1.5 metre length of fabric
Lining Fabric: Approx. 10 inches or 26cm length of fabric
Interfacing: 16 inches by 4 inches or 41cm by 11cm
Zipper: Minimum Length 12 inches or 30cm
Please note that all seams are 1/2 inch unless otherwise stated!
Getting the Measurements and Cutting the Fabric
Front of Top: To size the front and back of the top you need your bust and waist measurements. The front pattern piece will look like this:
Bust is half your bust measurement (in inches) minus 2 inches + 1 inch (for 1/2 inch seams either side) For example my bust is 36 inches divided by 2 = 18 - 2 inches = 16 + 1 inch = 17 inches
Waist is half your waist measurement + 1 inch (seam allowance).
For example my waist is 28 inches divided by 2 is 14 + 1 inch = 15 inches
Side is 9 inches including seam allowance.
You can make this longer if you have a long torso or want a lower waist.
CUT 1 of FRONT MAIN FABRIC and 1 OF FRONT LINING
Back of Top: This is pretty much the front piece cut in half down the middle. The easiest way to cut this piece out is to fold the front piece in half and add 1/2 inch after the centre fold (for the centre back seam allowance).
CUT 2 of BACK MAIN FABRIC and 2 of BACK LINING (do not cut on fold)
Skirt Front: is a rectangle made up of your waist measurement times by 1.4 for width and 23 inches for length (you can make this longer or shorter if you prefer - this includes a 2 inch hem).
CUT 1 of MAIN FABRIC
Skirt Back: is made in the same way as the top back - fold the skirt front in half and cut the centre back, adding 1/2 inch for seam allowance.
CUT 2 of MAIN FABRIC
Straps: Cut 2 strips of the main fabric 16 inches by 5 inches
Interfacing for Straps (if desired): Cut 2 strips 16 inches by 2 inches
Step 1: Make Straps
Attach Interfacing to Straps - iron to the centre of each strap on the wrong side as shown below:
Step 4: Sewing and Gathering the Skirt
Sew the side seams of the the skirt - front and back pieces right side together. Overlock seams. Sew the centre back seam to the zipper point - for me I used a 12 inches or 30cm zip and needed to sew and 18 inch seam (46cm). Overlock centre back seam open. Press centre back seam open.
Gather the skirt at the top edge. Use the longest stitch to stitch a row 3/8 inch in from the top and then another row 1/4 inch from the top. Pull the gathering stitches with one thread from the top of each row.
Your skirt should now look like this:
Pin the gathered skirt to the main fabric of the top, right sides together - easing the gathering around so it is even and matching the side seams up!
Hand stitch the lining at the waist. If you choose you could stitch it evenly with the machine if you plan to put a trim around the waist or if you don't mind a top stitch on the front!
Step 7: Hem
Fold the hem over 1 inch and then another inch. Edge stitch hem and press: