So, has anyone else pulled out their warm weather clothing bins and switched out their sweaters with their tank tops? No? Oh good. I feel better about myself now… I’m always a bit lazy about switching out seasonal clothes because I don’t want to put away all my sweaters and then have a freak snow storm in May (like we had last year, believe it or not). But, when I was perusing my closet, deciding what to keep out and what to store for summer, I came across a chambray button-up shirt and thought, “Hmmm, that little guy would make a cute summer crop top.” And thus this DIY project was born. This sewing project is a pretty simple one, so even if you are a beginning sewer, believe me, you’ve got this one in the bag.
-standard sewing machine
Step One: Cut off your sleeves 1″ from where the sleeves attach to the main body of the shirt.
Step Two: Fold in your fabric 1/2″ and pin it in place. Remove one pin at a time and fold in another 1/2″ and replace the pin. Continue this until the hem has been doubled-folded all the way around on each side.
Step Three: Turn the shirt inside out and sew all the way around each armhole with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step Four: Once your armholes are finished, mark with a pin where you want your crop top to end on the sides of your shirt. Continue the line of pins straight across the front until you get halfway to the buttons, and then curve the line of pins downward so you’ll end up with a “tail” that’s about 5-6″ long. Cut with fabric scissors 1″ below your pin line. You can use the remnant piece you just cut off the shirt as a guide to cut the other side so they match perfectly (just flip the fabric shape over and pin on top of the uncut side to use as a cutting guide). Once your front is cut, use the scissors to cut straight across the back of the shirt.
Step Five: On your curved edges, make little notches that are about 1/2″ deep (this will help a lot when you fold in your hem).
Step Six: Repeat the same process you did with the armholes. Fold the first 1/2″ under and pin, then remove one pin at a time and refold it another 1/2″ until the whole bottom hem is double folded. Use your sewing machine again to sew the hem with 1/4″ seam allowance, and you’re done!
So cute, right? I’m really into crop tops with high-waisted bottoms at the moment, and there’s just something about a tied, sleeveless, button-up shirt that is so summer to me. It always reminds me of Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island, just hanging out on a sun-filled tropical beach. Since this was a pretty quick upcycle, I definitely plan on making a few more of these by the time summer officially hits. Do you have any shirts that need a summer makeover? xo. Laura
Credits// Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummermand & Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.
Cool idea! I will do the same 🙂
I love this! I miss doing DIY projects and I definitely miss sewing.
This is a great idea and I would love to try it.
I like it where did you get the top?
holy man, i wanna do this to all my denim button downs now. brb!
You’re so hot Laura! What a bod!
Its SOOO cute!
Thanks for posting this! I asked a few posts ago if you could post more fashion diys… And you did! Thanks so much, Laura! xx
Absolutely LOVE what you’ve done! & a great post to share your creativity 🙂
i love how this turned out!
I think those were from Aldo a while back 🙂
It should work for any fabric, it’s just that some really thin fabrics (like a chiffon) can be tough to work with, but a poly blend should be fine 🙂
You look lovely! I’m totally loving those shoes though! 😉
I LOVE this!! I have a longer torso and crop tops usually end up being too short and show off too much tummy. Heading to my closet now to see what shirts I can cut up!
Very nice, too bad I don’t know how to sew 🙂
Boom Boom Pow…Love this DIY! Fabulous…
I need those pants! And living in Hawaii (Aloha!) this is a perfect project to make over some of the button downs I already have that are getting zero use here. Thanks for the sun-spiration!
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Love this idea for summer. Great DIY as usual 🙂
the way to my Hart
such a great idea! thanks for sharing!