Refashion: Cropped top into feminine top

This is Ella’s third challenge for me, and the last for this weekend’s sewing frenzy. She presented a cropped square top that had been stretched in the wash one too many times. The neckline was so stretched, it could be an off-shoulder top!

I had a few ideas upon seeing the top. First, i wanted to fix the neckline. 2nd, keep the blousy feeling by not cutting off the stretched sides. 3rd, change the length of the top.

Here is the cropped top and a navy/orange T-shirt from Ella’s bag of supplies.

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Starting with two tops

First i folded the cropped top to create pleats – one in the front and one in the back. Sewed with a zigzag stitch all around then cut off excess fabric as close to the stitch as possible. I cut off a 1″ strip from the navy/orange top to bind the neckline and an 8″ tube for the waist. Ella didn’t fancy the orange side so i cut the orange sides off. It was just as well since that made it more fitting.

Next, i gathered the bottom hem of the cropped top and made sure it matched the width of the navy tube. Pin and zigzag stitch together.

Here it is!

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Elka likes this top a lot.

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Front view

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Back view

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Side view

Ella matched this top with a maxi skirt she just refashioned out of 3 t-shirts and an elastic band. The skirt is actually black, turquoise, orange but this top made it seem navy, turquoise, and orange. Seemingly seamless connection!

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Matched beautifully with a maxi skirt

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