Picture of Fitted summer crop-top DIY
This is a great way to make a little something to wear in the summer. It's fairly easy (though does require basic sewing skills), cheap, and quick to make! I got my fabric in the sale and overall the whole thing cost less than £3!
I made mine in a floral print, but I think it would look great in a lightweight denim or plain cotton too! Have fun and experiment with different ideas:) 

(Mine turned out a bit shorter than I'd intended, so add a little extra length onto yours if you'd prefer a longer top!) 
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Step 1: You will need...

Picture of You will need...
  • ½ yard of fabric 
  • 4 - 6 buttons I used 5 
  • cotton thread matching or contrast
  • 2 - 4 sheets of A3 paper if you can't get hold of that you'll need 4 - 6 sheets of A4 paper
  • pins
  • measuring tape

Step 2: Taking measurements...

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To make the top fit you perfectly you'll need to take some measurements, and draw out a simple 2 piece pattern. It may seem like a drag to begin with but it'll save time later on, and ensure the right size.

So for this we're going to need 3 main measurements: Waist - bust - back 
Using a flexible measuring tape , record your 3 lengths in inches.
residentmuso made it!4 months ago

Made to go as a co-ord to go with a skirt I'd already done. Came out really well, but I had to fiddle around with the pattern a lot. Thanks muchly for sharing! :)

sshrestha189 months ago
Great tutorial. I hope I can follow it as close and create a fantastic piece like you did.Thank you!
arkhamite9 months ago

Thanks so much for including the darts. I have never found a tutorial that explains them adequately.

wlux1 year ago
i have a question about the back measurement on the pattern. does it say "back - 1" as in back measurement minus 1 inch? or am i just confusing myself? XD

love this pattern by the way, im using it as a base for my gypsy top for a renaissance fair :D
Awesome tutorial :D!! I've surched all over the internet for a crop top Diy that wasn't just shortening a t-shirt, and here it is fina~ally!!! Thanks and thanks again!
Marksay1 year ago
Very beautiful
Taliecara (author)  Marksay1 year ago
Thanks :)
This is a wonderful Do it yourself project.
Taliecara (author)  rahul gunain1 year ago
Thanks very much
Illina1 year ago
I always found difficult to stich button holes
Taliecara (author)  Illina1 year ago
You're welcome!
emmanoz1 year ago
Omg I liKe The buttons = D
Taliecara (author)  emmanoz1 year ago
Haha thanks, I didn't have any that matched :)
Gabrielaz1 year ago
This is amazinng!!
Taliecara (author)  Gabrielaz1 year ago
Thank you:)
You look excellent in that top.
Taliecara (author)  goodforcatfish1 year ago
Cheers mate
iceng1 year ago
Admitting the same sentiment asgoodforcatfish  .

As an engineer whose wife does sewing layout in her head
It's nice to see how 3D measurements are converted to a 2D pattern.

Great first ible ( voted for you  )

Taliecara (author)  iceng1 year ago
Thank you very much! I appreciate it :)
Such a nice top and fabric :D
Taliecara (author)  quietxdream1 year ago
Thank you, I actually got it really cheap online haha