+ DIY flounce sleeve crop top

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I’ve always been a sucker for flounce sleeves, it was about time I made another. The last few I made were 3 or so years ago at this post and this post. Next time I will wear it with a tight pencil skirt to really show off how cute it is.

top: self-made     bottom: h&m     shoes: nine west

2 yards of fabric, I used a light-med weight cotton
1/2 to 1 yard of lining, also light-med cotton
sewing machine
measuring tape
marking pen or you can use pins

1. Cut out a top from fabric, mimicking a boxy cropped top. I usually trace one and leave extra for seam allowance.
2. Sew up the sides and shoulders (RST- outside of fabric touching)
3. Cut out the flounce sleeve by folding fabric in half with enough room for the half circle. Cut out a circle on the fold. To get the circle measurement, measure the length from the bottom of the front of the shirt, to the shoulder and back down to the other end of the back of the shirt. Like step 6 looks like. That will be the circumference. Then divide that by 3.14, then by 2. That will be your radius. That creates the inner circle. Then taper one side to be 2 inches larger, the larger part of the circle will be the shoulder part of the flounce. Cut 2 out of the main fabric and 2 out for lining.
4. Sew the lining and the main fabric circles together on the outside of the circle. and up the edges RST.
5. Flip it right side out and iron. Serge or zig zag stitch the inner edge, which would look more straight.
6. Mark where you want the inner edge of the flounce will be.
7. Pin the inner edge of the outside main fabric of the flounce to the markings on the shirt. Sew.
8. Flip over and topstitch the flounce down. Also hem the sleeves to hit just inside the flounce and the neckline follow this tutorial or just sew it under for a less professional , yet quick finish.
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  1. This is really cute! I love the ruffles.

  2. Love it! FYI, this is called a flounce. A ruffle is a straight strip of fabric that is gathered.

  3. Cute and Easy, you look great !!

  4. That is so cute. I love ruffles too and have just drafted my first pattern along a similar design to your top. I love it if you’d have a look. It’s available on my blog.

  5. Love this design, Simple yet stylish! It really suits you and I can totally see it on all sorts of different body types too. Pinned and added to my project que, thanks so much sharing!

  6. Love the blouse! Would you tell me, what style of H&M jeans are you wearing?


  7. Sarah Helene says:

    DARLING yet VERSATILE RUFFLE SHIRT– or is it a “flounce” as JT stated in her comment? 8 steps with 8 line drawings to show sewing sequencing– FAB! The wide to narrow flounce is featured on both sides vertically in the front & back of this crop top. MODELED with denim jeans, yet your creation would coordinate with any color pants & shorts for a fashion statement. THANKS for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  8. Cecilie - Makwerk says:

    I love it! Must make one soon….

  9. Absolutely stunning, I can’t wait to make it! Dayjour.com

  10. This is such a cute look! I can’t wait to make the top!


  11. so cute! I’d love to make this top! Thank you for the tutorial.

  12. Beck is so tall! When did that happen?

  13. lovely blouse, great post

  14. Great little top and very versatile too. I like that you could make the flounce (great word) as big or as small as suits


  16. Right here is the perfect site for anybody who would like to understand this topic. You understand so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a subject which has been written about for many years. Wonderful stuff, just great!

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  19. Great post. I will be facing many of these issues as well..

  20. I was able to find good information from your blog posts.

  21. This is so cute and beautiful!!!! Can you tell me in which program you drew this tutorial? Thank you!!!! :-)))


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