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Wonderful DIY Sparkly Crochet Mermaid Blanket
This crop from Mermaid Cat Designs will certainly remind you of the kind of whimsical thing you might see a mermaid wear, especially if you crochet it in aquamarine! The delicate layered ruffles around the bottom of the top balance with the simple chainlink style at the bus. Get the pattern on Craftsy.
The halter style of this crop lets you tie it so it fits comfortably on your bust. It also looks totally adorable! By Hand London has the pattern for you. This crochet crop top looks like a garment straight out of the 70s! Beautiful Crochet Stuff shows you how to make a gorgeous loose hanging crop that literally drapes your upper body in lace. Not everyone wants a bikini style crop top. This pretty linked top will look gorgeous in any colour. Get the pattern on Crochet. Mermaid Cat Designs gives you the pattern for a beautifully laced bust and shoulder that shows off your collar bones and your crochet skills!
Beautiful Crochet Stuff gives you the perfect pattern for a simple tank top style crop that will look cute with just about any summer shorts or skirts. Determine how cropped you want your top to be. Put on the top you will be using. Fold the shirt up and play around with different lengths until you find one you like. Then, add about one inch of extra length to compensate for the hem, and pin it in place. Crop the shirt with fabric scissors.
Lay the shirt down on a flat surface. Be sure that the shirt seam lines are even and there are no wrinkles in the fabric. Next, cut the shirt in a straight line or curve the hem. The style of cut is up to you. You can also cut two longer triangle pieces at the front of the shirt that you can later use to tie together into a knot for a tighter fitting look. Cut the collar and sleeves. If you want to change the neckline or sleeves, trace out your cut lines with chalk.
First, flip the top inside out, and make chalk lines along the area you want to cut. Use a sewing machine and hem your top by folding under the bottom about one inch. Be sure to fold the top inward to hide the hem. Do the same for the collar and sleeves.
If you want to leave the shirt without a sewed hem, that is up to you. Just beware, if you decide not to hem the top it could fray over time or after being washed. If your shirt is made from a stretchy material, make sure to hem using a zig-zag stitch so your shirt will still be able to stretch. Add elastic to the bottom. If you want the top to have a tighter fit around your waist, add elastic to the bottom before you hem the top.
Sew it along the bottom of your top by laying it flat on the inside of the material towards the bottom.
Try on your new top. After you hem the bottom, your top is finished. Add rhinestones or other embellishments to make your top even more unique. If you want to make the top shorter, you can take out the hem with a stitch cutter and do it over. To make a crop top from scratch, you will need to head to a fabric store and pickup several items. Purchase your favorite fabric. It is best to use fabric that has a little bit of stretch such as cotton.
However, you can choose whichever type of fabric you want. In order to cut your fabric to the right size, you need to record your basic measurements in inches. Use a flexible measuring tape, and measure your waist, bust, and back length. For your waist measurement, measure around the smallest part of your waist and add one inch.
For your bust measurement, measure around the center of your bust and add one inch. For the length, start from you shoulders. The length will vary depending on how long you want your crop top.
Be sure to add two extra inches for hemming or altering. Since you will be measuring around your body, you will need to divide your waist and bust measurement in half to compensate for each piece of fabric. When you cut your fabric, you will have a front and back piece that you will later sew together. Cut out a crop top pattern on newspaper.
Before you cut your fabric, cut the shape you want your crop top to be on the newspaper first. You need to cut the pattern to your unique measurements. Here are the measurements to keep in mind: Hold up your newspaper top. This will allow you to check out the cut and fit of your soon-to-be crop top. Each piece should come to the middle of each of your sides underneath your arms and have additional room for the seam.
Leave the length longer than you anticipate the final product being so you can leave room for error. Use your newspaper cut out as an outline when cutting out your fabric. Place the newspaper flat onto the fabric, and trace it with a fabric marker or pencil. Remember to cut out two identical pieces that you will later sew together. Lay each piece on top of one another with the "wrong sides" facing out.
Sew along the edges about a quarter of an inch in. Don't sew the bottom of your crop top together. Each piece needs to be hemmed individually at the bottom opening. Finish the bottom hem. If you want the crop top to be shorter, cut the additional fabric with scissors and then hem it. Make darts along the arm hole for a tighter fit.
Before you sew your two pieces together, draw a horizontal line on the inside of your front piece under the armhole. Your line needs to be about six to eight inches long. From your horizontal line, you need to draw two more lines that angle away from the tip of your horizontal line. Start from the inside of the line and angle out back towards the armhole.
It should resemble a triangle when you are done. Take each angled line, and fold them onto the horizontal line. Use a pic to keep the fabric in place. Using a straight stitch, sew along the edges of your fold. This will create a more form fitting shape around your bust line. You can just cut an old shirt that doesn't fit anymore in half, I have done it and it turned out great.
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