I looooooooove crop tops, even though it may be a big trend in the junior high and high school scene, I still love it. There are many ways to make it look older and more classy (even though I do love the non-classy ones too). This was a simple, boxy, stiffer top that I can be easily be worn with high waisted pants or skirts. You can make it with flowy fabric too if you want it to sit closer to your body. Photos were taken super early in the morning….hence the fuzziness.
Top: self-made pants: jcrew
1 to 2 yards of fabric (I only used 1 yard) – I used a cotton so it was a little stiffer
1. Trace a boxy shirt, then cut it out. I followed the sleeve line as well (this is where you can make it a tank if you want). Cut it to be about a few inches below your belly button.
2. Sew up the side seams and the shoulder seams. – make sure to fold up the top in half to make sure the sleeve openings are even.
3. Make the sleeves by mimicking the top half of the sleeve opening (with the shoulder seam center). Then copy what you see below. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Make sure the curved top part is at the length of your sleeve opening around plus an inch for seam allowance.
4. sew the sleeve together to make a tube.
5. Flip the sleeve right side out and flip the shirt inside out. Slide the sleeve into the sleeve opening with the curve part at the top at the shoulder seam – so you would be matching up the side seam and the sleeve seam together. pin and sew.
6. Once the sleeve is on, slip the sleeve inside out, then hem and/or iron the sleeve a quarter inch.
7. Then fold it up one more time, but about an inch or inch and a quarter wide. Iron and sew at the edge.
8. turn shirt right side out. Then fold/iron/sew the edge of the sleeve outward 3/4″ to 1″ and tack down every 2 or 3 inches.
Optional: fold the armpit of the sleeve into itself to make the sleeve stick out less then topstitch.
9. Cut the neckline by matching up the side seams.
10. Hem the neckline by cutting little slits into the neckline then folding under a few times.
11. Hem the bottom.