DIYs & Tutorials

DIY Crop Top with Elastic

April 28, 2013

Croptop DIY materials you'll need

Note: Missing from the materials is a large safety pin. A diaper pin works!
I’ve had this thrifted, vintage top for years now, but I’ve never been completely satisfied with the boxy shape (not the good kind of boxy). I decided to chop the bottom off and add some elastic at the hem for a crop top that wasn’t too frumpy. Here are the steps:
Croptop DIY Steps
1.) Fold up a new hem, which will be the elastic casing, leaving enough room for the elastic of your choice to fit. Place pins along the fold for precision when sewing. 2 & 3.) Sew down the new hem, but leave an opening as wide as your elastic. 4 & 5.) Insert the safety pin on one of the elastic ends and insert in the hem (casing) through the opening. Slide the elastic through the casing by pulling and sliding using the safety pin, until you reach the other end. When sliding it, make sure not to let go of the other end (the one without the pin). Otherwise, it will get lost inside the casing and you’ll have to start all over again. 6.) Finally, overlap both elastic ends, sew down as shown in picture, and close the hem opening.
Crop top outfit
Worn with: DIY cuffed shorts, Earrings by Honduran designer Lutfi Janania & Deandri Helga booties.
I’ll definitely be wearing this top more often now. Maybe with a sleek A-line skirt or graphic high waisted trousers. The skin bearing shorts are a little too much for my small town, so I’m leaving this outfit for hot days spent at home with the family.
Croptop details
Croptop worn with the Deandri Helga booties
Go on and chop chop your tops and show me what you come up with on Facebook! <3
But before you do that, lemme share a project I’ve been working on that’s really close to my heart. If you followed TWF part 1, you’ll remember my “fashion” education consists mostly of sewing courses in government institutions for troubled teenagers and struggling women. These sewing courses were less than promising and motivation in class was extremely low. This hasn’t changed, and that’s why I decided to create Seams & Dreams, free workshops with both creative and self-esteem boosting activities. Watch this video to find out what Seams & Dreams is all about (it’s in Spanish, but I can assure you no translation is needed):

I’ve submitted this project for the Creative Diary competition for a scholarship to an IED school. It would mean the world to me if you voted or left a comment on the project by clicking here.

I admit at first I had no intentions of posting about it, but I was touched by messages from people who wanted to know how they could help and be a part of the workshops (It’s currently just me with a little help from my sisters). Why not share it even more? It makes me so happy to know people are not only willing, but also eager, to help in any way they can. Thank you all!

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