AFRO-PRINT [Crop Tops]

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Saturday, September 17, 2016
*Declaimer I made only four of the tops.                      Photo cred: ASA umn

It's a bittersweet time: the end of Summer but the beginning of my senior year of undergrad. I am excited to finally be done with college and to take a break to figure life out. Reflecting back on this past summer, it was not as eventful as I hoped but I am proud to say the least of what I've accomplished in terms of finishing strong in my summer courses + doing a few sewing projects here and there. One project that I had the opportunity to take on was making four of these african-print crop tops for a group of ladies for their photoshoot. The fabric is bright and makes any outfit really pop. Making these tops was definitely different than my usual skirt/dress projects. It was worth pushing myself out of my comfort zone. That being said here is an overview of how I made these off the shoulder tops.

What you need?             

Time: 45 mins -1.5 hours    Level: Intermediate

- 1.5 yard of fabric (heavy-weight)
- 1/2 inch of Elastic band (any color)
- Thread & Scissors
- Measuring Tape & Fabric Pins
- Sewing Machine

The style of the tops:
  • For these crop tops I made 2 styles for 4 tops. For the first style I made an off the shoulder top with wide 3/4 length sleeves. And for the second top it was also off the shoulder but with a ruffle top layer with a matching undershirt. 
How to go about it?
  • Like anything in sewing there are many ways to sew a garment. For both of the styles the base of it is similar. So let's get to it: 
    • Style 1: You will need 3 fabric pieces. One piece should be a rectangular 38'' by 12'' and two pieces of fabric for the sleeves that should be about 10'' by 12''.  Then grab your elastic band and measure how tight you want the top to fall from shoulder to shoulder. Then cut two pieces of elastic to go around your arms for the sleeves. 
    • Style 2: Personally, I think this style is simpler to sew/cut. So if this is your first time making clothing, I would suggest starting with this style. You will need 2 fabric pieces. The top ruffle piece should be 38'' by 12'' (same as in style 1). The second piece is your undershirt -- so you can use your our loose t-shirt as a pattern. Also, you will need an elastic band that fits tightly around from shoulder to shoulder. 

  • Okay that might sound like a lot of work, but trust me you will master the world of off shoulder crop tops. This was not a tutorial --- more of an overview of what I did. So, if you have any particular questions, feel free to shoot me an email (

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