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Crop tops are arguably this season’s hottest trend. Being a petite gal, I’m glad this look is in, kicking extra long tunics to the curb. It took me a while to realize this, but wearing extra long shirts as shirts, and not as dresses, is not a good look for me. Lately, I’ve been either tucking in my tops, or wanting to wear a crop top.
My favorite way to wear a crop top is with a high waisted, midi length skirt and ankle boots. You can also rock a crop top with a pair of high waisted cropped trousers or gauchos for a really fresh, updated look. These proportions make my waist look like the smallest point on the body, which it actually is! Those long tops just hid all my womanly curves and made my legs look shorter.
Luckily, crop tops are easy to hack & made for the DIY set. You can breath new life into thrift store finds. I always buy these silk shells that don’t get worn because the proportions make me look like I never stopped wearing my clothes from back in the day, though this wasn’t even my style back then. I’m especially a sucker for crazy colorful prints from the late 80’s & early 90’s. You know, they usually come with shoulder pads and a dry cleaning tag still attached. These shirts are almost perfectly on trend, however the conservative length just takes it from cool & hip to old & mature. But if I crop it? Presto – I have a new shirt.
It’s amazing how easy & affordable it is to achieve this look. Last weekend, I saved three tops from the “outgoing” pile, cropped them & voila! New outfits all week long.
Here are a couple tips that have served me well in cropping & hemming, that help me crop it perfect every time!
Voila! You have a new shirt : )
If you are really good & patient, or if the fabric is cooperative, you can double fold the hem and stitch down only once for a cleaner looking finish. If you do stitch down twice, bear in mind, it will look like a 2 needle stitch on the inside of the hem, but the outside will look just like it should with a single needle topstitch. Personally, I’m not concerned with the inside look as much, since these were about to be donated, hence money I’m throwing away. So naturally, I’m quite pleased that I can freshen up my wardrobe while not spending money on anything new.
This project took me less than one hour, and I’m already planning on cropping some more shirts soon. This boxy shape is refreshing to me & I intend to rock it all summer long! Good luck, happy sewing : )