Sewing Essentials: The Gemma Top
Intermediate | 36 min 52 sec
The Gemma Top
Sewing the Gemma Top
Ruffle Variation
Taught by Rae Hoekstra
Buy For $19.95
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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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Sewing Essentials: The Gemma Top Reviews
438 users recommended this class to a friend
Laura Bullock
Enjoyed the tutorial. Cute blouse and good instructions.
May 11
Elizabeth Magill
She's so thorough, have been wanting to make this pattern for awhile and simply stumbled upon this. Fab!!!
More than 3 months ago
Lee J
Rae is a fantastic teacher! She is clear and the pacing is just right. I've been sewing for a while, and I still learned some great tips from her. It's also great to see different ways of doing things. The Gemma tank is a great wardrobe staple and I can't wait to sew up a bunch!
More than 3 months ago