I have seen so many cropped tops lately. I thought it would be so easy and fun to make one, since it is basically a square or rectangle.
I had some of this polka dot fabric which I picked up at the fabric store last year. I just never got around to making anything.
I gotta say, I am really liking it.
I want to make at least one more for myself, perhaps in a solid color.
Next time I will have to cut the fabric a little wider so I can make the sleeves a little longer.
If you want to see how I made this top, stick around
First determine how long and wide you want your top.
I cut my rectangles 29X23
Next I found a shirt where I liked the neckline
I used it to trace the neckline on my fabric
(eek... I am using a permanent marker, hubby stole my fabric marker, his excuse was he loved how smoothly it wrote )
I made sure my front and back lined up at the shoulders
My fabric was kind of silky
In order to hem it, I folded down once and sewed
I used small scissors to cut of any extra fabric
Then I folded the fabric over twice and ironed the neckline/shoulders/and back
I sewed down the edge
After sewing the neckline, I ironed everything down
Here is how the finished neckline looks like
I bought a 7 inch heavy duty jeans zipper at Walmart for under $2
I folded the back portion in half and cut down about 6 inches to fit the zipper
Here is how I finished the zipper hole.
I think it would have looked really pretty with a button to.
Then I sewed on the zipper with matching thread.
Exposed zippers are so easy!
Here is the finished zipper
This is how the inside looks like:
Then I sewed the shoulders together and ironed open the seams
Then I eyeballed how I wanted the "sleeve" to look and marked it with a pencil.
I sewed along the line and then cut off the access fabric:
To make sure both of my sides matched up, I folded the shirt in half and marked where I needed to sew the other side
Once I sewed that side together I cut off the access fabric
I used a small zig zag stitch to finish both of the sides
Then I used an old shirt of mine with a rounded bottom as a template for the hem.
For the front I just flipped the shirt upside down to get the "cropped look"
I cut the "cropped" front and longer back.
Then I just hemmed the bottom using the same method I did with neckline