How to Sew Expensive-Looking Camisoles

Unfortunately for my wallet, I have an obsession with quality. I cannot stand garments that look or feel cheap. With satin and lace-detail camisoles being a popular trend, I found it hard to find anything nice quality-wise for a justifiable price.

But luckily, making these camisoles was a much easier (and cheaper) process than I imagined! I made two of these so far- one in an ivory satin, and another in a black viscose-type fabric- each for a grand total of about $7! Read on to learn how these are made!

Materials:

  • 1 yd of satin, viscose, or other drapey and light fabric
  • Lace or other trim for neckline (optional)
  • Regular sewing supplies- scissors, measuring tape, pins, etc…
  • Pattern (self-drafted)

Now on to the tutorial!

Step 1

Cut your pattern pieces. I cut one of the front and one of the back first. Then, I went back and cut another front and another back, but this time made them shorter. These pieces will be used as the facing! You’ll also want to cut your straps at this time.

Step 2

We’re going to start by attaching the facing pieces to the front and back pieces. With right sides together, pin the facing pieces onto the front/back pieces. Pin along the neckline and shoulder hole, leaving the bottom open.

For both the front and back pieces, you’ll sew where you’ve pinned.

Before turning to the right side out, make notches in the seam allowance to make sure that the curve lays flat.

Step 3

Next, make your straps by folding them into thirds and top stitching.

Step 4

With the front /back piece still inside out, you’ll want to insert your straps inside of the strap openings on either side of the piece.

Once you finish this step with one piece, repeat it with the other.

Step 5

Next we’re going to attach the sides together. In order to achieve a high-quality finish I decided to do french seams.

First, I pinned and sewed the sides together with wrong sides facing.

Then, I flipped the garment so right sides were together. I pinned the sides so that the seam allowance was hidden, then again I used a straight stitch to secure the sides.

If you’ve never done french seams before and I breezed over this, I recommend watching a YouTube tutorial on the technique- it’s amazing and super easy!

Step 6

Finally, hem the bottom edge using your preferred method. I flipped the seam over once and top stitched, but I wish I flipped it twice since some of the satin is coming apart in this white top (but not in the viscose one I made).

I also should have pressed the hem before sewing, but I dropped the ball on that one too…

And here is the final result!

I made this one in black and added a lace detail. This one is definitely my favorite!

After nailing the pattern, this top is a quick sew. The construction quality is amazing, and paired with a nice quality fabric it gives off a very expensive look.

Instead of spending $40+ at Nordstrom for an ok-quality BP camisole, I managed to get away with spending right around $10 each at the fabric store!

In the future I’d like to make this top with a higher quality of fabric, but the fabrics I picked up from JoAnn’s were surprisingly very nice to the touch. I’m skeptical of some of the fabric quality at JoAnn’s, so we will see how these hold up. I will be handwashing these tops in hopes of preservation.

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