Tulip Back Hack

I happened to come across this really cute tulip back, cropped sweatshirt on Pinterest. I didn’t even bother looking up the price. Sweatshirts are always so expensive and well…I’m super cheap. I always need long sleeve shirts for the gym, for most of the year. I gotta keep my muscles warm and my gym isn’t exactly the warmest in the cooler months. 

I chose to do then Centerfield raglan top from Greenstyle Creations. I love raglans!  I’ve had this pattern for a while and just haven’t gotten around to sewing it up. Greenstyle Creations patterns typically fit me really well without any adjustments. Also there is an add on pack to add a hood or a cowl neck to the Centerfield Raglan. Here’s the link to the pattern https://greenstylecreations.com/products/centerfield-raglan-t-shirt

https://greenstylecreations.com/collections/fitness-clothing/products/centerfield-raglan-t-shirt-add-on-pack-sizes-xxs-to-3xl-sewing-pattern

I decided to do this shirt in rayon spandex from Phee Fabrics. The drape is amazing. It’s buttery soft and oh so comfy!  If you haven’t tried their rayon spandex before, do yourself a favor and give it a try!  It is not like any other rayon spandex. It’s heavy, 13 oz to be exact. It has great recovery so it won’t stretch out during the day. I used the emerald color and it is gorgeous!! Pictures do not do this color justice! You can get it here. https://pheefabrics.com/emerald-rayon-spandex/

The first thing I did was take off 3.25” out of the length of the front and back. I wanted it shorter but not too short. As much as I wanted it cropped length, I just couldn’t do it. I am still fighting the post c section mom tummy. Then I cut the pattern like normal. Except I cut out two back pieces. You’re going to lay those pieces right sides together, so that you will get a mirrored image. If you have a tulip style pattern, you can definitely use that to cut your back pieces. I just kinda winged it, because that’s just how I roll. I drew a barely visible line on the fabric so I had a guide when cutting.

 

Then I went ahead and hemmed the curved back pieces and basted the shirts together with both right sides facing up.ed1a9451-0be5-4359-8736-541098fa8e96

From there you just follow the instructions, treating those two back pieces as one. And don’t forget to hem the front. 

I love how it turned out!  It’s cute and stylish but also kinda loose for hiding those holiday pounds until they are gone. I already made a second one out of supplex….with a hood!  Thanks for reading!

 

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