Make yourself a flattering, comfortable top with this easy and quick Batwing Top Tutorial! All it takes is a nice scarf and a couple of stitches.
I’ve always admired those loose, comfy batwing tops I’ve seen all around at summer and always thought they’re so complicated to make, for some reason. So I was afraid to try and sew up one of these beauties. But then I went shopping and saw this pretty scarf and decided to experiment a little with a batwing top tutorial. Because I like fun projects, even the challenging ones. And this was a challenging project, not because of the stitching but the fabric. It was way to lightweight for my skills and it posed a few issues, so instead of spending 20-30 minutes to sew up this top, I spent about an hour. Not bad though!
I was lucky as the scarf I found was sewn into a tube and on one end it had a nice seam that I thought it would be great to use as the neck line. Instead of adding binding, I only had to remove the stitches for the neck line and then sew up around the hole, using the original stitch. I also kept the original seam around the sleeves (I wanted to modify the scarf into an oval shape at the bottom, making the sleeve looking more polished but then I realized it’s going to be so hard to sew the seam on this kind of fabric).
If you don’t have a scarf, you can make this top from any lightweight fabric, woven or knit. It’s nice out of a sheer if you’re more experienced, and it fits loose enough that you can layer a tank underneath. You can always make your own binding or bias tape for the head hole and the hem. If you can’t find a tube scarf and use other fabric here are my measurements: my scarf measures now 39″ in width by 43″ in height (100 cm x 110 cm), for the whole fabric, unfolded. If you want the top longer, add a few inches to the height.
Please excuse the photos. I am not a good model and also there was no one around to take the photos, so I did it myself.
- Tube scarf (or fabric of 39″ in width by 43″ in height (100 cm x 110 cm); if you want a longer top, add a few inches to the height.
- Matching or contrast thread
- Sewing machine
- Seam ripper
- Place the scarf on the table with the closed seam up.
- Measure your neck line and decide how large it would be.
- Using the above measurements, mark the neck line in the middle.
- Using a seam ripper open the stitches on the top of your scarf to accommodate the neck line.
- Decide on the length of your top and cut the scarf at the bottom using these measurements.
- Try the scarf on to check if your head fits into the hole and the scarf folds nicely on the shoulders with the neck line you made.
- Stitch around the neck line using the trace left by the original seam (this would be to replace binding or bias tape).
- Make a hem on your batwing top, by double folding the fabric in and sewing 2 stitches.
- Decide how loose your top will be and sew 2 stitches on the sides, using these measurements. Start from the hem up to where you want the armholes to be. I used an old blouse that fits loose to decide how loose I want this top and then I went up 20 cm = 8″.
- Start wearing your loose, comfortable batwing top everywhere!
My top would look great at a 4th of July picnic, don’t you think?