Sewing Essentials: The Gemma Top
Intermediate | 46 min 35 sec
Kicky and classic, this sleeveless top from Made By Rae has you covered for warm-weather wearing. Video instructions are included for the classic tank and a ruffle-bottom variation which uses elastic thread to create even gathers. Each version shown here features a double-rolled hem and bias-tape finished neck and armholes. The Gemma top stitches up quickly and will be a favorite addition to your sewing repertoire.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Get the Gemma Top pattern here 
  • 1 ¼ - 1 ¾ yard lightweight woven fabric, cotton or linen blend preferred (see PDF download for yardage requirements by size)
  • ¼ yard contrast fabric (optional)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Elastic thread
  • Pins or clips
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Snips
  • Chalk or marking pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Hem gauge
  • Seam ripper
  • Pattern weights
  • Ruler
  • Swedish tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Rotary cutter and mat
  • Pressing ham (optional)
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and pressing surface
Learn how to:
  • Use bias tape to finish edges
  • Sew bust darts
  • Sew gathers using elastic thread
  • Modify the pattern to add a ruffle 
What you’ll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on sewing a tank top plus several ways you can customize it.
  • 8 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from patternmaker, Rae Hoekstra
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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ShirleyA. Tomany
Wonderful class! This lady is articulate and makes each and every instruction perfectly clear to the viewer. The filming of her movements is excellent. So easy to follow and to understand, for even a beginner! Thank you!
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Ljiljana Belavić Kliček
Love the versatility of the pattern!
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Linda Stamps
She explained everything in every detail perfectly!Very easy to understand! Thanks for this class
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