The Tiny Tulip and the Tulip Tee are not only free but also packed with options. Well that didn’t stop the P4P blog contributors team to show you some easy hacks that will give you even more looks.
Ruffle on girls tee
Adding a ruffle is so easy and gives such a cute look! The tulip is a long hemline to add one, so keep that in mind when picking how wide and gathered you’re making it. I choose to make mine just one layer (not folded) with a raw edge so keep it from being heavier on her. I also wish I would’ve not gathered the under tulip section in hindsight! So, learn from me and do the top section that hides under not gathered 🙂 to keep it flatter underneath and lighter as well.
I quickly measured my hemline and doubled, plus a bit extra for wiggle room. I cut a few strips to that length and the width I wanted. Another thing to think about is how wide the ruffle will be on the shoulder (you don’t want it wider than the shoulder piece once attached). Mine is about 2″ finished.
Seam the strips together and gather using your favorite gathering method. If you need more guidance in gathering here is our blog post with a few ways we like to gather: www.patternsforpirates.com/easy-gathering-methods . I used my serger to gather this time.
With right sides together, pin the ruffle to the hemline of the shirt. This is where I would advice to pull the ruffle flat along the top edge of one tulip piece so that it is flat on the under layer instead of completely ruffled like mine.
Stitch on. You can top-stitch if you prefer; I didn’t only to keep from adding anymore weight to the top since I was using a light weight rayon spandex.
Complete the shirt as the tutorial instructs. Take some cute pictures!
Banded tulip option
We know some of you are not be fans of hemming 😉 so I wanted to show you how easy it is to add a band to the Tulip Tee. Simply sew the side seams as instructed and then measure the bottom raw edge.
It is easier to fold the shirt along the back fold and measure as shown below then multiply by two.
You will cut the band 2″ by the length of the raw edge. For sizes 4T and smaller you may get away with only one band out of the width of fabric. For bigger sizes, including the women ones you will need to cut the 2-3 band pieces. You can either cut two pieces plus seam allowance and have a seam on the center back or you can cut 3 band pieces, 2″ by the length of the tulip raw edge and one 2″ the length of the back bottom raw edge.
Fold the band length wise, wrong sides together and press. Pin in place the band along the raw edge of the tulip and back bottom. Sew or serge in place with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Optionally top stitch. Press and steam iron and continue sewing as per the tutorial.
All done! Super easy, right? Please note that this method will yield a shirt that is 1/2″ longer than the original length.
Bands on short sleeves
Hate hemming? Then this hack is for you! Adding bands instead of hemming is a great alternative way to finish raw edges. If you’ve sewn other shirts you’ve likely done this technique before; it’s very easy to calculate on your own.
You’re done! No hemming needed. 🙂
Faux cami layer
Love the look of wearing a camisole under your tulip tee but don’t want to wear and another layer? Adding a faux cami to the tulip back option is an easy hack that offers a little more coverage and takes only a few quick minutes.
For this easy hack you will need to cut both the two tulip back pieces and a plain back piece. Begin by taking the plain back piece and pressing raw edge of bottom hem 1/2” up to wrong side. Hem.
With right sides together, place one tulip bodice on the plain bodice. Pin or clip in place. Repeat with opposite side tulip bodice. Place the plain back piece right side down on top of the front/tulip pieces, matching side seams.
Pin or clip in place. Stitch side seams and then continue on finishing your top as instructed in the pattern tutorial. That’s the whole hack, simple as that!
With a couple of small modifications, you can turn the Tulip Tee in to a Tank.
Using the tulip crossover piece as a guide for the shoulder width, mark and draw a vertical line to the bottom of the dolman sleeve opening and then draw a horizontal line from the bottom of the dolman sleeve opening to your previously drawn line (shown in red). Next, using a french curve, draw the armscye from the shoulder seam to the bottom of the dolman sleeve, but stopping at the side seam to remove the “wing” of the dolman. (shown in blue). Sew up your top as per the tutorial. To finish the armholes, I chose to hem 1/2″. This will give you a more open and lower armhole. If you prefer to band them, use the same method Elisabeth did above, when adding bands to the short sleeve. (Armband = 2″ by .085 of the opening +1″ seam allowance).
We all love a cozy sweater and I couldn’t resist replicating this boutique style top that has been circulating the sewing groups lately. Our Tulip Tee and Tiny Tee were the perfect base. For the Cowl piece I used our Raglan Add-On Cowl and Jolly Roger Add-On Cowl pieces. I did not make any changes here for the size Large or Size 4 youth, but just throwing caution in the wind, check your pieces so that the neckline of the Tulip body and the cowl equal one another before cutting in to your beloved sweater knits. I did not check each size to confirm they all fit exactly.
Sew up both the tulip top and Cowl pieces as instructed in their respective tutorials.
Women’s Tab Piece: 11″ x 3″
Youth Tab Piece: 7″ x 3″ (Note: I made a size 4, so you may need to adjust the length of the tab. Subtract 1″ from the height of the cowl pattern piece to determine the length. You can adjust it longer or shorter depending how tight you want the tab around the cowl)
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Hi, I am new to the group and can’t work out how I download the free patterns?? Please help
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Jennifer Hudson Maxham says
Thanks ladies, for the pattern, and the well explained hacks! I can’t wait to print this pattern!
This pattern is fantastic. I can’t wait to go fabric shopping. I do however need some tips for lengthening this pattern. The crossover on the tulip front is above my belly button. I’m very long waisted and struggle with shirts that are too short. The back is an alright length, but I would like to keep it proportional, and not make it look like I’m still ‘trying to figure it out’.
I love the lace/cami underlay, but don’t want to make every tee that fancy. I want this for an everyday, work/play/lounge top.
Looking forward to more ideas
Hi- here is a link to how to make a tall/petite adjustment on patterns: http://www.patternsforpirates.com/petite-tall-fitting