As the weather gets warmer, it’s the perfect time for wearing crop tops! As a college student, I get a whole lot of free T-shirts that I’ll never wear; T-shirt reconstructions are my favorite way to put those shirts to good use, and a crop top is a quick and simple DIY
For materials, I chose to use a Dropbox T-shirt I received at a career fair (They gave me a T-shirt instead of a job). Fitted shirts generally work better. This project can easily be done by hand, but a sewing machine is much quicker 🙂
- Mark it: Wear the T-shirt, and use chalk or some other marker to mark how short you want your crop top to be. Take the shirt off and extend this line across the length of the shirt.
- Cut it: Make sure that the T-shirt front and back are lined up and cut about a 1/2 inch below your marked line. The 1/2 inch is your seam allowance.
- Pin it: Fold the seam allowance up and pin around the shirt. Make sure that you pin the same amount each time.
- Hem it: Sew the pinned down fabric with a zigzag stitch. This will allow the seam to stretch with the fabric.
And you’re done! 4 simple steps towards a comfortable crop top that would look cute with some high-waisted shorts.
Don’t want to spend money on high-waisted shorts? Make your own here!