+ Side split top tutorial

 top: self-made (below)   pants: altered jcrew  
I’ve become a little obsessed with criss-crossing and tulip-this-and-that, so of course I made another tulip-style top. And I love how it turned out!! It was really simple and straight forward, and there are tons of room for mistakes (I would knew…I was learning as I went). I love how your sides will peep through as you go, perfect for high waisted pants or a cute tank top to show through. Or on that tropical vacation you are about to take in the middle of this chilly winter (lucky you). If that is the case, leave the sleeves off and pop a swimsuit under. Similar to this top and this skirt.
 I wanted to wear this on my birthday date last night, but Corey Bryson offered to take pictures! So, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity with this talented lady.

1 yard of knit fabric
sewing machine
measuring tape
1. Cut out 2 pieces, they will be the same shape and size. Follow instructions below for the measurements.
2.  Hem the bottom curves under a 1/2″.
3. Cut the neckline by matching up side seams and shoulders then cut out a deeper neckline.
4. line up the two pieces, right sides together, and sew the shoulder seams together.
5. sew the arm openings under 1/2″
6. repeat with the neckline.
7. Try the top on and pin the flaps where you will like them to go. They will overlap anywhere from 5 to 9 inches (it depends on how open you want the slits). Then sew a permanent tack where it needs to go. I did a little stitch to keep the under back flap in place, and the front piece I did a top stitch along the seam that was there from the hem.
*if you want sleeves continue below.
1. Cut out 2 pieces that look like the first picture. Make sure the length of the straight part is from armpit around shoulder/bicep to armpit again minus 2″.
2. Hem the bottom straight part under a 1/2″.
3. Pin the curved part under the seam and sew in place, following the topstitch that was already there.
4. Top stitch the edge of the shoulder/sleeve seam to keep the piece down.


  1. Wow, so easy and so beautiful… :) You’re the best :) You inspire me every time you create something :)

  2. What a lovely top and great tutorial. You look great in it by the way. Although the first thing I thought was: “Isn’t she freezing in the snow with bare arms? Brrrr!” 😉

  3. Love the high waisted pants with this top! The pictures for the tutorial are great and really easy to see how you completed each step. Thanks for sharing!

    xx Ashleigh

  4. I love this top and your jeans. Your sewing skills are so amazing! Too bad I can’t take lessons from you! Where’d you learn?

    • I taught myself, it took many (and is taking) many years to learn. But if you stick to it with practice (and lots of trial by error) you will be a seamstress in no time! If you lived in the area you could come sew along with me?

  5. super!!!!

  6. You are gorgeous and I love this shoot
    Kw ladiesinnavy

  7. Love this! So creative!

  8. Isn’t this clever! I have lost enough weight that some are much too big. Since these include beautiful fabrics for work, I would love to use some of them for this ‘makeover’. Thanks!

  9. I love your hair.

  10. I absolutely love your blog and I especially love the ease of your style; You make everything look beautiful and fun to wear! Can’t wait to try more and more of your tutorials. Happy New Year!

  11. This is so simple and lovely and the top looks wonderful with those wide legged pants.

    Lauren x
    Gordon + Gold

  12. Love it!

  13. All I have to say is wow, I need to buy some knit now!

  14. wow – i know what to do this evening :) I’ll have new top :)

  15. how far do you overlap the sides? I really like it!

    • Oh….I didn’t put that! Thanks for reminding me. Anywhere from 5 to 9 inches. It depends on how open you want the slits.

  16. umm, you are gorgeous.

    xo – heather

  17. I follow your blog for a long time and every time it opens up I think: She’s a model… So beautiful! The top is gorgeous too!

  18. I love all of your tutorials! I’m going to try this tonight. Thanks for the inspiration. You’re the best!


  19. Yay! I saw this and immediately thought it might make an awesome top for nursing (over a nursing tank probably). Might have to whip one up and see how it goes. Any suggested modifications for that purpose? More length probably?

    Thank you!

  20. Can you use a silk fabric for this top?

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  22. I love this! I’m confused as to how to cut the beginning pieces of fabric, you know? Like how should I cut the pieces, in two square pieces? Oh and by what measurements should they be cut? Sorry, I’m new to sewing and really would love to make this shirt for nursing my newborn. I think it’ll make things easier.

  23. Our pool has to be fed by means of those photopages for you to consider worthwhile becoming section of the “Best Remark Collection”.

  24. Lindsay says:

    Love this top!!! I’ve never sewn knit fabric, but will certainly learn now. Also love your other tutorials; terrific creative ideas!

  25. A great funky tank top!! I really wish you would sell your patterns on your website, I’m having a hard time getting the exact shape right! Having them available would make my sewing life a lot easier!

  26. hi!this is very nice site!

  27. Wow! this is really cute! Do you have to use knit? or could I use a light cotton for summer?

  28. Eine Minute später mein Handy klingelt wieder. Dies wirkt Lacy. Susan, wirkt das Feuer fast auf diese Straße.

  29. andrea philips says:

    i love it !! ohh and where did you get those jeans from !! they re the bomb

  30. So I live in the frozen tundra of MN and want to transform this top into a long sleeve with cowl neck..do-able? Tips? I’ve got white knit!
    Ps I think this is going to be amazing with a nursing tank underneath!

  31. Hallo
    Ich weiß nicht ob sie Deutsch verstehen, ich möchte gerne den Schnitt + Anleitung .
    ich habe aber das Problem das ich kein Englich verstehe .Gibt es eine möglichkeit die auf deutsch zu bekommen.
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen Ost

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  33. Graciela says:

    Hello I found your site and I have to say that I loved your creations, I do not speak or read English but now I have a motivation to learn, kisses bye. I’m excited and I want to start with this project I hope to become time soon.

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