+ DIY floral crop top with cuffed sleeves

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Oli is finally getting in on the fun like Beck used to do. And I had to document his purple Popsicle face.

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
sewing machine
boxy shirt

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.
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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.
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  1. love the print top, it’s so cute!


  2. Nice outfit and that top looks amazing.

  3. Super cute!

  4. I LOVE It.
    I really think I need to buy some fabric tomorrow… 😀

    Greetings, Lorelei


  5. Love how structural you’ve made the shape vs the sweetness of the fabric. Glad to see you back and creating!

    x Elena

  6. Oh, I love the bell bottoms with that top! Neither one of them would suit my body type, but you definitely rock them!


    Ana Paula

  7. oh my goodness you legs look like they go on forever!! I love the subtle flare of your jeans, they’re beautiful! The top is also super cute. Thanks for sharing!


  8. Such an adorable top and the baby is so cute too!

  9. Fran McGee says:

    Love your website! Found you from the yellow gathered dress on Icandyhomemade. I’m a little confused on the directions, but I think I can figure it out if I think about it for awhile. Your little guy is SO CUTE!! I noticed you live in Seattle, which is where I grew up. I’m out in Snohomish now, oh for the past 25 years, but our will always think of Seattle as my home. I grew up on Capital Hill, in the 60s & 70s, when I’m up there now I hardly recognize it. What past of town are you in? Are you a native, or a transplant (not that it matters, just wondering if you rust or tan….grin _ I rust).

    I love your designs, and hope as I poke around your blog, I can learn a few things. I’m just getting back into sewing after a several year hiatus. I was trying to become friends with my ruffleraa again, on my Featherweight, this morning,, and it did not go well. Betty, a 1941 Blackside Featherweight, is a bit touchy, and I should have known better than to put the ruler on her until I was already familiar with it. The old rufflers are very cool, you can adjust the depth of the ruffles, how many ruffles or pleats are made or stitch, and attach the ruffles to the fabric as you make them. Once one gets proficient with this condition (which looks somewhat like a medieval torture device) it could save TONS of time. Somewhere I have a detailed book on Singer attachments, and I WILL learn to use them. The bias binder is another one I find intriguing, as well as the adjustable hemming foot, oh we can’t forget the narrow hemming foot, well the list goes on. I got quite good at the narrow hemming foot, many years ago, while making a frilly nightgown for my mother,, and it really did save loads of time, not having to do all of that pressing. I imagine I’ll have to learn it all anew again. Well, never to old!

  10. Wow, such a simple tutorial! Definitely something I’m going to try making. The print on the fabric is really cute too!

  11. Nice to meet you!

    Your coordhinate is very sexy and cute!!

    Please wear flare and bellbottoms more, and take a lot of picture!!

  12. Hi there! This article couldn’t be written much better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he’s going to have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

  13. This is gorgeous! Love the fabric you’ve used. I’ve been avoiding the crop trend because it does remind me a little too much of my teen years but you’re right, this is a totally more grown up version and it looks great!

  14. I’ve been trying to find jeans like those for so long! What kind of JCrew jeans are they? Did you find em online?

  15. Melissa says:

    I just discovered your site while looking for easy steps to make a peplum top like this,
    you are very talented and your site is perfect for a beginner like me!
    thank you for sharing these great pieces with us and keep up the good work,surely going to try this one!

    • Melissa says:

      I mean crop top hehe I got so excited with your another post about peplum top

  16. That is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!


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