The Capri Top Tutorial

This peasant style top is adorable on any girl and easy to make using the fun shirring technique!

Create a beautiful top for your little one using our Capri Top Tutorial. The shirring is fun and adorable. You can also make the top longer to turn into a dress. So many possibilities!

Hi everyone, I’m Terra. I blog over at mama says sew. I’m excited to be sharing a project for The Ribbon Retreat today.

This top is made using fabric from the Capri line by ADORNit. It’s a peasant style top gathered with shirring on the front and back bodice.

Beautiful top that is easy to sew for any little girl.

Here’s the top by itself. You can easily adjust the length to make it a dress.

Beautiful peasant style top using the fun shirring technique. Easy tutorial and adorable!

~ The Capri Top Tutorial ~

To make your own, you will need:

About 1 yard of fabric {more or less depending on size}

Elastic Thread

1/8″ elastic

A peasant top style pattern {I used a Simplicity pattern, but you can use basically any gathered peasant
style top pattern. You just need the pattern pieces}. Check out The Ribbon Retreat’s patterns by clicking the link.

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Just click on the links to see the selection.

Start by cutting out your pattern pieces. You should have a front bodice, back bodice and two sleeves.
This is the only thing you need the pattern for. Ignore the rest of the pattern instructions.

Cut out your pattern pieces. You need four pieces.

Hem the neckline of the bodice on the front and back pieces.

Hem the neck line for the front and back bodice pieces.

Hem the top and bottom of both sleeves.

Hem the top and bottom of the sleeves.

Using elastic thread, shirr the front and back pieces between the arm holes. Keep going until your pieces
are the desired width and/or your shirring is as high as you want it. I went from the top of the shirt
down to where the underarm started to curve. When you’re done, use an iron to spray some steam and
the elastic will gather up even more.

Shirr the top of the bodice pieces.

To gather the bottom of the sleeves, cut a piece of 1/8″ elastic to the length you want the sleeve
opening to be. It should be shorter than the actual sleeve so that the sleeve will gather.

To gather your sleeves, cut a piece of your elastic shorter than the length of the sleeves.

Tack the end of the elastic down to one end of the sleeve, near the bottom hemline. Stretch the elastic
as you sew it to the sleeve. When you release the tension on the elastic, it will shrink, gathering the

Sew the elastic to the bottom of the sleeve, stretch it out so it will fit end to end.

Sew the two front seams of the sleeves to the front of the bodice, right sides together.

Sew the front of the sleeves to the front bodice on the arm holes, right sides together.

Add the back of the bodice to the back of one of the sleeves. It should look like this:

Add the back bodice to the back of one of the sleeves, right sides together.

Use another {longer} piece of 1/8″ inch elastic to gather the tops of the sleeves and the bodice, the
same way you did for the bottom of the sleeves.

Use your elastic the way you did on the sleeve along the neck of the top.

Sew the sleeve to the back bodice.

Sew the last sleeve to the back bodice as well.

Stitch the front and back of the shirt together along the sides and the underarms.

Stitch the front and back together along the sides and the arms.

Hem the bottom and you’re done.

Hem the bottom and you're done!

Isn’t it fabulous? I love using elastic thread. If you’ve never used it before, there are lots of tutorials out there. The Ribbon Retreat has a great shirring tutorial. Another is from Make It and Love It if you need help.

Cute peasant style shirred top tutorial.

Thank you so much Terra!

Terra has such a gift with wonderful tutorials. They are easy to follow along and the results are beautiful! I love this shirred peasant top, and I think any girl would love to wear it. This fabric from the Capri line is beautiful too. To check out the other fabrics in this line, click the link.

And to see more tutorials from Terra, check out mama says sew. Just in the last couple of weeks she has posted beautiful tutorials like her Bow Clutch Tutorial, Ombre Ruffle Dress, and Cascading Ruffle Pillow. You will love her blog!

As always, if you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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  1. julia
    Posted April 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    nice tutorial but the pictures are so small i wish the pictures were larger to see in detail how to sew the elastic thread

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 20, 2015 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Hi Julia! I am so sorry about the pictures. If you click on HERE, you will be taken to Mama Says Sew blog. You will see the Capri Top tutorial here. Her pictures are small as well, but you can at least click on the pictures and it will enlarge them a little for you. I hope this will allow you to see how to sew the elastic thread a little better. I hope this helps. Good luck and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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