The Becca Top is a great basic and is ideal for swimming, beach volleyball, kayaking, or just hanging out!
Becca Top Written Directions
If you prefer video instructions, click on the image below to watch the video tutorial.
-1/2 yard of swimwear fabric
-Swimwear elastic (recommended for the best fit)
-Loop turner OR safety pin for turning straps
-Overlock machine OR zig-zag stitch on a regular sewing machine
-Regular sewing machine
You will need both a regular sewing machine as well as an overlock machine for this tutorial. If you don't have an overlock machine, you can use a zig zag stitch on a regular sewing machine. Make sure you at least have a regular sewing machine, because we will be using a straight stitch in this tutorial.
Assemble your pattern by cutting out the pieces, taping them together, then cutting out the size you would like to make.
Cut your pieces. Cut two in each pattern piece- 2 for the left bust, 2 for the right bust. You will also cut your 5 strap pieces according to the measurements provided in the pattern.
Match each of your bust pieces with right sides together. Pin and then sew along the marked areas. Attach your swimwear elastic to these same areas.
After this step, the only open seams should be the strap opening, inner edge, and outer edge.
Fold the straps with right sides together lengthwise, and pin and sew the raw edges together. Attach elastic.
Then, use a loop turner to take each strap to the right side.
Insert each strap inside of each strap opening on the bust pieces, while the bust pieces are still inside out. Pin and then sew to secure the straps in place.
Take one bust piece and insert the three straps we made inside of the inner edge, which has been left unsewn. Place one strap at the top of the opening, one at the bottom, and one spaced equally in the middle. Sew down to secure all three straps inside.
Then, through the open outer edge of the bust piece, take the entire piece to the right side.
With the second bust piece still inside out, insert the other inside. Make sure right sides are together and the three straps are not twisted. Line up the three straps inside the remaining inner edge, then pin and sew to attach the left and right bust together.
Through the open outer edge, take everything to the right side once more.
Tuck in the raw edges of both the outer edges, then flip them inward toward the right side about 1/2" to 1". Use a straight stitch on a regular sewing machine to top stitch each edge down, which will create the strap channels.
Thread your shoulder straps through each of the strap channels.
That completes the Becca top!
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