DIY Vintage-Style Silky Top

Pekgee Peggy
by Pekgee Peggy
6 Materials
2 Hours

Lately, I have been seeing so many puff sleeve pieces! I wanted to jump on the trend but in a unique way. I decided to make a silky, vintage style top with puff sleeves and a square neck. The top is so flattering and can be styled in so many different ways!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine
Square neck puff sleeve top

Measure the fabric 

For the top, you will need to cut a rectangular piece of silky, lightweight fabric. Cut the length of your body plus 6 inches. For the width, cut to your chest measurement multiplied by 0.6 inches. 

Cut the sleeve fabric

For the sleeves, cut a piece of fabric to your desired sleeve length plus 7.9 inches. The width should be at least the size of your arm width but add to make the sleeve as puffy as you want it. 

Square neck women’s top

Stitch channels in the sleeves 

To start off, stitch each side of the sleeve fabric. 

Sew two channels

From one side of the fabric, measure 4cm (1.6 inches) and mark a line down. Then from that line, measure 3 cm (1.2 inches) and mark down. 

Stitch along the lines

Fold the fabric over and stitch at the 1.6-inch line. Then fold again and stitch the second line. 

Measure the elastic

Add elastic to the sleeves 

Take a piece of elastic and measure it around your wrist. 

French-style square neck top

Then cut the piece to size. 

Cut the elastic

Take a safety pin and attach it to one end of the elastic. 

Thread the elastic

Take the elastic and thread it through the first channel you stitched in the sleeve piece. 

Stitch the ends

Once the elastic is all the way through, stitch the ends of the elastic together. Then repeat this for the second channel you created. 

Cut the sleeve

Cut the sleeves 

Fold the sleeve in half, mark, and cut the diagonal line at the top of the sleeve. Then stitch closed the sleeve up until the point of the diagonal cut. 

Vintage square neck top

Cut the top

Moving on to the body of the top, cut the piece along the fold. Then cut a diagonal on each top corner of the fabric. 

Cut the top

Next stitch the sides of the top but not along the diagonal cut parts of the fabric. 

Sew the raw edges

Then go ahead and hem the raw edges of the fabric. Fold over the edges twice and stitch at the top and bottom of the fabric. 

Sew a square neck top

Match up the diagonal ends of the top and sleeve and stitch to attach the sleeves to the top. 

Fold the neckline

Sew a channel along the neckline 

Fold over the neckline by 3 cm (1.2 inches) and stitch to create a channel leaving a small opening. 

Thread the elastic through the neckline

Then just like you did with the sleeves, thread the elastic through the channel in the neckline. Make sure to sew the small gap closed when you are finished. 

Stitch at the bottom

Sew two channels on the bottom of the top

Your top is almost finished. Grab a measuring tape and mark a line 10 cm (4 inches) from the bottom and then another line 6 cm (2.4 inches) from the bottom. Go ahead and stitch two channels at these points just like you did for the sleeves earlier. Don’t forget to leave a small gap in each channel. 

Silk square neck top

Lastly, thread the elastic through each channel and then sew the gap closed. 

Side view of the top

This vintage top is absolutely beautiful! I am so in love with the puff sleeves!

DIY square neck top

The elastic detail at the bottom of the top is just stunning!

Easy square neck top

The best part is, you can wear this top on or off the shoulder. I would love to hear your thoughts on this vintage-style DIY! Share in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
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