Noah Top Written Directions

The style of the Noah Top is a newer trend. It has a peek-a-boo cut out at the bottom and a V shape at the top. The V shape is meant to stretch some when it's worn, and you can also modify the pattern for a plain scoop neck instead.

Since this pattern involves a band, it is best for intermediate skill levels and above. However, if you'd like to make this top easier, you can forgo the band and create a stationary strap in the middle to hold the peek-a-boo detail together.

If you prefer video instructions, click on the image below to watch the tutorial:


-Noah Top PDF Pattern

-1/2 yard of swimwear fabric

-Swimwear elastic (recommended for the best fit)

-Seam ripper

-Overlock machine OR zig-zag stitch on a regular sewing machine

-Regular sewing machine

-Cover stitch machine OR zig-zag stitch on a regular sewing machine*

*Since this tutorial includes a band and some close corners, you will need to use several different stitches. Ideally, you would have all three machines- overlock machine, regular sewing machine, and your coverstitch machine. However, if you don't have a coverstitch then you can use your overlock and your regular machine. If you don't have an overlock machine, you can use your regular sewing machine for this whole tutorial. Some overlock machines (like the Babylock Evolution) are "combo" machines and can be converted to a cover stitch function. However, if you dont have access to this, a regular zig zag stitch is fine.

Step 1

Assemble your pattern by cutting out the pieces, taping them together, then cutting out the size you would like to make.

Step 2

Cut your pieces. Cut 2 in the front and 2 in the back.

You will also cut 2 shoulder straps and 1 band according to the measurements provided in the pattern.

Step 3

Match your fronts and backs with right sides together.

For the front piece, sew the armholes, neckline, and peek-a-boo detail. If you're using 1/4" elastic, sew it into the armholes and neckline, but leave it off the V and the peek-a-boo area. When you sew the V, it is recommended you use a straight stitch and trim the seam allowance when finished.

For the back piece, you'll sew the top line and bottom line. You can add elastic to these areas too.

Step 4

You're also going to fold your two shoulder straps in half lengthwise and sew the raw edges together. Attach your elastic on to the straps as well. Afterwards, use a loop turner or safety pin to take the straps to the right side.

Step 5

With both the front piece still inside out, insert each of the straps into each of the strap openings. Pin, then sew them down to secure.

Step 6

Flip your FRONT piece out to the right side. With your BACK piece still inside out, insert the front piece inside of it. If you do this correctly, right sides should be together since your front piece is right side out and your back piece is inside out.

Step 7

With the front piece still inside of the back piece, guide the sides so they're matched up. Pin across all four layers to secure before sewing. Then sew down to secure both sides. This will attach the front piece to the back piece.

Step 8

Now we can take the top to the right side. Since we never sewed the bottom line of the front nor back piece, we can flip the top back to the right side without having to seam rip any additional holes.

Now it is time to attach the straps into the back. Seam rip tiny holes where you'd like your straps to go. Typically, we recommend inserting straps 3.5" inward from the side seam. With the top still at the right side, insert each strap into each strap opening. Then, use the unsewn bottom line to access the inside, and sew the straps down.

Step 8

Time to attach the band. First, take your band piece and fold it in half. Sew the raw edges, which will create a circular piece.

Step 9

Lay your band across your top, and pin the raw edges. Then, sew to secure the band. When you sew, you'll sew all along the circular band so it is entirely attached to the top.

After you sew, the only raw edge left should be the remaining edge of the band.

Step 10

Flip the remaining raw edge of the band over, and use a cover stitch or a zig zag stitch to top stitch the band down and complete the top.

That completes the Noah Top!

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