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Briar Variation: The easy way to sew a sleeveless Briar

Briar Variation: Easy way to go Sleeveless // Tutorial by the Megan Nielsen Blog

I really love this sleeveless Briar – it’s quickly found itself in heavy rotation (right after my tribal print version) and it’s also Chris’ favourite version!

I kept this nice and simple – and so in the end this version took me something like 1/2 an hour including cutting – and used up 1/2 a metre of leftover fabric.

That’s kind of awesome right?!

Here’s how to make a quickie sleeveless Briar!

A quick way to make a sleeveless Briar top // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Technically speaking, a pattern for a sleeveless top will always have narrower shoulders than one that includes sleeves. For my patterns, I usually draft them with a narrower shoulder to make it easier to go sleeveless (as in the Banksia and the Darling Ranges).

So the correct way to make the Briar a “normal” sleeveless top would be to cut back the armhole and shoulder width. But that’s a pain :)

So I used the standard pattern pieces, folded under 1/2″ of fabric to the inside of the top. Topstitched with a twin needle and then pressed it all nicely.

Briar Variation: Easy way to go Sleeveless // Tutorial by the Megan Nielsen Blog

And you know what?! I really LOVE the wide shoulders! (here’s the front on view of this top) it’s made me rethink sleeveless tops as a matter of fact – again, a happy accident!

If you’re thinking of going sleeveless with your Briar, I highly recommend this as a nice easy option!


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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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