How to Make a Sexy Cami Top Out of An Old Curtain

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3 Hours

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a cami top... out of a curtain! Random, right? I mean, who wouldn’t like to see a curtain being transformed into a sexy DIY cami top? So, if you want to know how to sew a camisole and create a camisole sewing pattern, then keep scrolling down!

This is actually a two-part thrift-flip project. Here, I'll be using the lining of the thrifted curtain to make the DIY camisole. If you want to see what I did with the main fabric, read How to Make a Fabulous A-Line Skirt Out of An Abandoned Curtain.

Tools and materials:

  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Fabric (I used a thrifted curtain) 
  • Stitch witchery tape
  • Nylon cord for straps
  • Iron
  • Scissors
How to make a camisole sewing pattern

1. Make the cami top sewing pattern

For today’s tutorial, I will use the silky part of this thrifted curtain to make a DIY camisole. The pattern is truly simple: measure your armhole, total bust, and shoulder-to-center-chest measurement. From these measurements, draw it out on paper, as shown. 

Cutting the curtain fabric to make the cami

Then, cut the fabric. The front and back of this top are exactly the same. 

Tip: I will be adding darts to my bust area, so keep that in mind for the next steps. 

Making the darts on the DIY cami top

2. Make the darts

On the wrong side of the fabric, make the marks for your darts, as shown. They should be two dots a few inches away from each other, at your top bust area. 

Marking the darts on the DIY camisole

Be sure to repeat the same process for the other side. Also, make a third dot at the bottom to match up with the two dots on top when folded. 

Sewing the darts on the camisole top

To sew the dart, fold your fabric on the wrong side. Match the two top dots and then stitch a diagonal line to the third, lower dot. 

How to create darts in a camisole

This is how it should look like. 

Folding the edges of the neckline

3. Hem the neckline

Snip the middle of your v-neck by 1 inch, and then fold the raw edge of the neckline, as shown. 

Pinning the neckline to finish the fabric

Fold the whole neckline, and pin. 

Sewing the neckline with a straight stitch

Now, sew the fold with a simple straight stitch. This is the lovely result! Do the same for the other DIY camisole piece. 

Snipping the armhole edges ready for hemming

4. Hem the armhole curves

Before you fold the armhole edges, make a few snips around the curve, as shown. This will give more versatility when you fold the raw edges. 

Pinning the armholes ready for sewing

Fold the raw edges, and sew with a straight stitch. 

Pinning the side seams of the DIY cami top

5. Sew the side seams of the cami top

Pin the side seams of both pieces. The sides should be fit to your liking. The best way to do this is to pin the sides, then wear the DIY cami top, and then repin as needed. 

Once you’re happy with how the side seams fit, sew these right sides together. Cut the excess fabric after. 

Finishing the fabric with a zigzag stitch

Then, sew the sides with a zigzag stitch. This acts as a serge stitch and prevents the fabric from fraying. 

Applying stitch witchery tape to the bottom

6. Hem the bottom of the DIY cami top

Instead of sewing the hem the traditional way, I used stitch witchery tape. It acts like glue when exposed to heat. 

Applying the fabric tape ready for pressing

Cut small pieces of this, and evenly press them between the fold of the hem as shown. Use a hot iron and lots of steam! 

Attaching straps to the DIY cami top

7. Sew your straps

Fold the top corners of your DIY camisole top, and encase the strap inside. I'm just using nylon cord. Stitch across to secure them in place. 

DIY cami top

DIY camisole from the back

How to make a cami top

How to make a cami top tutorial

That’s it, we are done! Ready for the drum roll? From curtain to…. this elegant, classy, and chick DIY camisole top! What do you think of the result? No one would have ever guessed this was once a curtain!

So, now that you know how to make a cami top... are you looking at your curtains a little differently?

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