I spotted this designer top by Ulla Johnson, while browsing online recently. When I saw the inverted pleat, I immediately thought back to the men’s dress shirt, as I almost always see a box pleat on the back of them.
In case you didn’t know, the reverse side of a box pleat is an inverted pleat. Like that, I was inspired!
It didn’t take much to convince me, as I I love a classic halter neck design! It’s one of those styles that’s universally flattering.
Another thing I noticed about the designer top was that it was made from a mid-weight cotton/linen blend and I so happen to have one of similar weight on hand! The timing couldn’t of been more perfect!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Seam Ripper
- Marking Tool
- Measuring Tape
- Men’s Shirt (size or two bigger; my shirt was a size medium. I chose a bigger size to play it safe, since I was removing the button closure and cutting new armholes).
As for the bow, it’s made from the shirt’s buttonhole placket. Here’s the tutorial:
- There were two rows of stitching running down the length of the placket. First, I undid the one closest to the cut edge. It had the same kind of stitch as the shirt so it was super easy to remove.
- Next, I closed the end of the placket. To do this, I had to also undo a tiny section of the other side stitch. I then folded the raw edge under and closed it with a straight stitch. I also redid the tiny section of the side stitch at the same time.
- Afterwards, I folded the side under twice, pinning it in place. I then finished with a straight stitch following the old stitch line (which was still very visible).
- Before making the bow, I steam ironed it to give it a nice, clean finish.
- Next, I started by folding the strip to form three loops. A left, center and right loop.
- I then took the left loop and crossed it over the top of the right one.
- Once that was done, I folded the right loop over the left one and under, through the center loop.
- Lastly, I pulled the left and right loops until it formed the knot in the middle. *I had to adjust it a few times, loosening and tightening the knot until I was happy with it.
There you have it! To make it detachable, all I did was added a safety pin.