+ The super easy square top!

Love this shirt so much I’m making another one this weekend! By the way…I’m NOT pregnant, I realized that the post a few days ago totally sounded that way and I swear I didn’t mean for it to. I was referring to a BIG change in surroundings. So I need to get things done before the big change…yes I’m still leaving you guys in the dark. Excited!

cotton, knit or polyester fabric – anything works!
sewing machine
flexible measuring tape
marking pen or chalk
1. Cut out 2 squares of fabric to the width/height you want. Keep in mind the width will become smaller because it will be taken in. So it will actually look more rectangular in the end! Cut out the neckline to the shape you prefer (v, square, heart round) and then cut a little curve for the back neckline.
2. An inch or two from the side sew a side seam starting at the bottom of where you want the sleeve to start to the bottom. Then sew the shoulder seams together. Starting from where you want the neckline to start to the end of the sleeve.
3. Hem! Fold the bottom, sleeves, neckline in once if you don’t care for fraying or if you serge, or roll twice and hem (besting stitch the first roll I ou like!). Also, I hemmed the bottom more then the neckline and sleeves. 1/2 to 3/4 inch.
4. Done! This is what it looks like inside out.


  1. Oh…I think I could do that!! :)
    Thanks for the idea!!

  2. I’ve to try it, it’s seems a cool idea.

  3. oh my, even I could try this! :)

  4. Have you ever thought about trying out for Project Runway? Because I feel like you would be FABULOUS. :]

  5. Seriously? That’s it?! Omg, I’m SO making one. Too cute!!

  6. looks sooo easy I have to try

  7. I think I could make that…. Reference for someone who has no sewing experience….what size square did you use?

  8. Awesome! I really want to try it!!

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  9. i just went through my closet to find a shirt that i liked the fit of, measured it (underarm width, hem to under arm, width of armhole)and drew out my square! i don’t make clothes for myself but i’m super excited about this top! starting my muslin tomorrow and i’ve got the perfect vintage fabric in mind for the next one! thanks!

    question though…did you cut 2 squares or cut one long rectangle that’s folded over, the fold edge being your shoulders/neckline?

  10. This is absolutely perfect! :)


  11. I love the outcome of this shirt & I hope this falls under a beginner project because I want to start sewing but it’s so hard!

    -Steph from chocolate laced

  12. did you use a jersey or a woven fabric?, also, did you curve the bottom of the shirt?

  13. Just wanted to let you know I came across your blog from Kendi Everyday and am HOOKED! And, a new follower 😀 Thank you so much for all of the inspiration – I’m looking forward to not looking like a hot mess anymore!


  14. This seems so easy. I love all of your sewing transformation ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  15. I love this combo! and what a brilliant alteration! That will definitely be a handy trick! Thanks for sharing!


  16. ps. I love your blog and all of your DIYs!

  17. This is amazing. What kind of fabric do you recommend using for this? WOuld a plain cotton be too stiff?

  18. The more I read your blog, the more I want a sewing machine! I really need to make this top!

  19. Sort of like what Kimmie said – woven cotton or jersey knit? What did you use in your prototype?

    Looks super-awesome!

  20. Just wanted to let you know that I tried out your tutorial, and it worked like a charm! I also added iron-on studs to the sleeves.

    The pictures of the top I made are about halfway through this post: http://mixedupfilesofrnb.blogspot.com/2011/10/hanson-shows-and-minnesota-trip.html

  21. i made a top using your tutorial (http://laricci-smunch.blogspot.com/2011/11/squares-square-top.html) and i LOVE it.

  22. Love this top so much! I fear I may make all of my fabric stash into square tops. I’ve also made a couple of dresses based on it. Thank you for your lovely blog…and congratulations again :)!

  23. seriously, wow. i am afraid of knits — but you sure make it sensible and look easy. i will definitely try this instead of the store bought t-shirt pattern i bought and messed up. thank you!

  24. Thanks a lot for this…
    I tried it and i should say that i’ proud of my self, it’s the first i sew & the result is not bad. my only problem is the neck!

  25. This would be a great restyle for some of those 6-sizes-too-big T’s in great colours I thrifted!

  26. Your tutorial would work great using a too big t-shirt. I have lots of those! So soon I should have lots of new t-shirts with various necklines, sleeve lengths, etc. as this “pattern” is so easy to vary. Thank you for sharing this one :)

  27. So I know I’m commenting on a year-old post, but I just wanted to tell you that I made this top and it turned out great! http://nikis-notebook.blogspot.com/2012/08/polka-dot-shirt.html Thanks for the excellent tutorial! :)


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  29. I also tried this cut top.. make it with lace. It is so cute!

  30. What measurements did you use for the square ? Im pretty much your size and i cant get the right measurements…. happy sewing! :) -maddie

  31. I love this DIY! I made one for myself, but in the current high-low trend and put it on my blog. I would love to get your input on it! Thanks for your great tutorials!

  32. This is now on my list of things to do tomorrow. Thank you!

  33. Thanks for the tutorial. I was just wondering how you keep the sleeves from sticking out at the top, instead of falling down with your arm? Thanks

  34. I’ve tried your instructions! Come and see:
    Thank you for sharing!!

  35. So easy and delicate. Thank you so much! I tried it as well and shared it here http://jaybeedoubleu.blogspot.com/2012/12/diy-box-top-with-ruffle.html
    Again, thanks!

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  37. what program do you use to make your tutorial diagrams? I love it!

  38. christen n says:

    I am new to this and this might be a silly question but how much material do I need for both pieces? This seems like an amazing pattern and I really want to try it I just need to know how much material I need to get. is 3 yards way too much or just about right?

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