DIY Crop Tops

Tick Tick Tick...goes the list of jobs.

A very neglected custom order of enlarging a crop top that I had previously made for a friend inspired me to make some more crop tops for the market. I made my own pattern for the first top but used a 1970/80's pattern for the rest. Both patterns are very easy pieces to put together but its all the detail that you add to it that make the garment individual and special. Two crop tops have vintage doily collars and the third has a contrast bias collar and a lace doily cutout feature in the back (yes you will be able to see a bra through that). The back of the doily cut out one reminds me of a mandala.

The pattern was meant to be a size 16 (girls or teens perhaps - but it has a woman picture on the front??) however there is no way these would fit more than a size 10. Silly vintage patterns.

All of the three above are still currently for sale for $55 plus postage.

Below are the custom orders I managed to get finished in amongst the pre Christmas craziness. Two new tea dresses in amazing vintage fabric and her crop top in which I added a bit more length too and some lace side inserts. One of the tea dresses features kangaroo style pockets and the other has a built in apron. I also pleated the waist of these tea dresses instead of a gather. I was extremely pleased with the results and probably wont gather the waists of tea dresses in the future.

Happy days when lists get shorter :)



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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.

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