This is an Instructable for the cropped top to go with the panel skirt
, for the LA Fire Conclave performance at Burning Man.
Sorry 'bout the colors, the lighting varied. But it's all the same top.
It can be cropped high-up, like my final product, can be cropped at the midriff, or can be not cropped at all, depending on how you want it to look.
~You'll need a fitted t-shirt. Look for purple; if you can't find one, like me, get a pink or blue one & dye it.
~You'll also need some stretchy gold trim. It needs to be stretchy, 'cause it has to stretch with the t-shirt.
~You'll need gold or yellow thread. IMO, use yellow: real gold thread is a pain in the ass.
You'll also need some little embellishment like a frog or cool button. You'll see further on what I mean.
~And you'll want some pins and a sewing needle. (Or you could say screw it & use flexible-set glue & duct tape. Whatever works.)
Step 1: Get a Shirt.
American Apparel's a good resource; I got these at a dollar store in Highland Park on the corner of Figueroa and 61st.
If you can't find purple, get pink like I did.
Step 2: If Your Shirt's the Wrong Color, Dye It.
Use a fabric dye to change your shirt to the color it should be. Uh, make sure to rinse the washing machine with a cycle of bleach afterwards (1/2 cup bleach in the water should do it).
Step 3: More With the Dyeing.
I threw the shirt into the washer on the smallest load setting, dumped the dye in, let it mix itself up all good, then made it set for about 1/2 hour before letting it continue its rinse cycle.
Step 4: Dry the Thing Out.
Step 5: Ok, So Let's Look at What We've Got Here.
Ooh, looky! Purple. Turn the little dude inside-out.
Step 6: Chop Off the Sleeves.
Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the sleeves off. It's not rocket science; if it's a little messy, no one will notice. But it helps to follow the sewed lines.
Step 7: Yay! Sleeves Are Off!
Step 8: Survey the Terrain.
Ok, so try it on. Think about how short you wanna make it. Hell, you can leave it long, like this, if you want, & just sew the trim onto the bottom.
You can fold it up to see how short you want it.
Step 9: Length Option 2:
Just fold it up, see if ya like it. If not, you can go shorter still.
Step 10: Length Option 3:
Folded up to the full crop-top.
Step 11: Mark Where You're Gonna Cut.
Using a sharpie or chalk, mark about an inch to an inch-and-a-half BELOW where you want the top to crop at. Helps to do it while you're wearing it so you know for sure where it sits on you.
Step 12: Cut.
Try to do it straight, 'kay? again, not the end of the world if it's a little off.
Step 13: See?
Step 14: Shiny!
Get out your stretchy trim. It's sorta hard to find stretchy trim, but it's there at Joanne's & other fabric stores. Usually has sequins on it, which is trÃ©s fabulous.
Step 15: Line Up Your Trim
Line up the trim along the cropped edge, doubled--you'll need to attach it all the way around. Allow yourself an extra five, six inches (I didn't and came up short, buh).
Step 16: Pin the Trim On.
Use pins to keep the trim attached to the bottom of the shirt as you sew it. It's a pain in the ass to stitch it on while it's flopping all over, so the pins keep it in place.
Step 17: Sew Zig-zag Stitches.
Look close at the picture & sew stitches that zig-zag. This way the shirt can still stretch. If your stitches are straight the shirt will be bound by the straight line of thread. Zig-zags allow it to flex.
Step 18: All the Way Around the Shirt.
Sew the trim on all around the cut edge of the cropped shirt, using those zigzag stitches.
Step 19: Froggy!
This thing is called a "frog." I don't know why.
They sell 'em at fabric stores.
Step 20: Ta-da!
Frog sewn in, try your top on. Hopefully it fits. ;)