The Finch Top is cut as a racerback tank for comfort and style. It is extremely easy to sew, especially since all edges except the hem are finished by flipping the garment inside out. Follow these steps and pictures along with your printed pattern to quickly create a top your little girl will love wearing. (To help you with this, I've cross-referenced the steps by number from the written instructions.) Also, we've previously covered the Finch bow in a separate tutorial, so be sure to check that out.
First, a disclaimer: Despite sewing for over 15 years, I still make lots of mistakes. Trying to rush, I forgot to flip the Back pattern piece for the lining to create a mirror image of the main Back piece. Whoops! If you are using a fabric that has a definite wrong side to it, make sure that you flip the pattern piece for the lining! Luckily I had enough extra lining fabric to re-cut the piece. For the Top in this tutorial, I have chosen a floral print for the main fabric and a tic-tac-toe print for the lining.
So, Away We Go...
After cutting out the Front and Back pieces from the main and lining fabrics and interfacing the left shoulder area, as described in the written pattern instructions, we are ready to start sewing. First, with right sides together, sew the Front main to Back main and Front lining to Back lining at the right shoulder seams. (Step 4A)
From here, place the lining on top of the main fabric, right sides together. Start by aligning the shoulder seams you just sewed and work your way around the neck hole and arm holes. (Step 4B)
Sew the Front/Back main to the Front/Back lining where you pinned around both armholes and neck hole. Then trim the seam allowance to approximately 1/8”. (Step 4C)
Now reach between the main and lining fabrics and pull the back through the right shoulder seam as shown. Take your time working the fabric through the right shoulder. The thicker the fabric, the longer it may take to turn the Top to the right side. (Step 5A)
Once turned right side out, press the edges of the garment and topstitch. (Step 5A-C)
Now it's time to sew the side seams. Open the lining from the main fabric and match the right sides of the main Front to main Back and the lining Front to lining Back. At this point, you will be able to sew the side seams for the lining and the main fabric in one single seam, pivoting slightly where the main and lining join under the arm. Once sewn, press these side seams open. (Step 6A)
After you are through sewing, turn the main fabric down to the right side.
Now you are ready to sew the bias strip hem: Finish the main fabric hem by sewing a bias strip, right sides together, to the main fabric hem. (Step 7C)
Turn the bias strip toward the inside of the garment wrong side of the fabric and sew along hem. (Step 7D) To finish the garment, follow the remaining instructions in the Finch pattern.
Another completed garment to add to your little girl’s collection! Send us pictures of your finished Finch Tops… we’d love to add them to our project gallery to inspire others. Happy Sewing!