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DIY tie back crop top | SHANiA

March 7, 2020

Now before we get into the tutorial I
have two announcements to make: the first announcement is that I’m going to try my
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be down below in the description box, so for today’s tutorial, we’re going to be
making this super cute DIY tie back crop top, so it looks like a normal crop top
in the front, and then when you get to the back you’re like: damn
daniel! No really though, when you get to the back, it’s really um it’s really cute,
really sexy, and really sultry with its low tie. Okay, so let’s get into it For this tutorial you’re going to need
fabric scissors, measuring tape, pins, fabric marker, and a crop top to trace. So
the first thing you want to do is fold your fabric in half and make sure that
it’s inside out when you have folded it. Then you want to take your crop top and
you want to fold that in half as well. Now if you don’t have a crop to,p you can
use a regular tank top, and just kind of estimate where it would be a crop top. So,
fold it in half and place it down on your fabric and you’re not going to line
it up with the fold of your fabric you’re going to line it up with the edge
of your fabric, and you want to make sure that when you lie it down on your fabric
you want to leave space on the side and on the bottom so that you can include
your seam allowance line. So make sure everything is in place, and you want to
make sure that you arrange your top so that when you trace it you’re actually
just tracing the front part of the top, rather than the bottom. So, if you need to
tuck something in feel free to do that and then you want to trace i,t but just
on the outer edges. The next thing we want to do is measure the bottom line of
your pattern that you just traced on your fabric. In my case mine came out to
be 7 inches. So, you want to draw another line connecting from where this line
ended that’s also the same measurement. So, your total line at the end should be
14 inches: 7 plus 7 is 14 Make sure that your line is straight when you’re
drawing it on your fabric. Then the next thing you want to do is you want to
start from where the armpit is and you want to take your measuring tape and you
want to line it up as straight as you can get it. It doesn’t matter if it’s not
extremely straight, and then you want to go about an inch and a half in from
where the curve is of your of your pattern and make a mark, and this is
going to help you decide how low the back of your shirt will come. Then you
want to connect where the start of your your curve is to the mark that you just
made, and you’re basically going to be
creating a new curve when you connect the the mark and the line. From this mark,
you want to draw another line that connects down to the horizontal line,
which is the bottom of the crop top. When you’re finished, it should look something
like this. After that, you want to pin down both
layers –make sure that everything is straight on both layers– and then you
want to cut around the pattern about a half-inch. Now if it makes you feel more
comfortable, you can go ahead and draw a half inch line all around the pattern,
but if you are a pro like me, and if you trust yourself, then you can just free
hand it, and cut a half inch line around the pattern without drawing the line
first. Then you should have two pattern pieces like this. This lovely t-shirt
right here was purchased from the juju stile brand. The Juju Stile brand
is basically a brand that focuses on African fashion, so it really
incorporates a lot of like bright colors, geometric shapes, and patterns, and like
ankara fabric. So, you can buy one of the t-shirts from the collection by just
going to her Etsy shop. That information will be down below in the description
box. The next thing you want to do is make the front of your shirt;
to do that you want to fold your fabric in half. Make sure that it’s inside out
and then you want to take that previous pattern that you just cut and you want
to fold it in half you’ll know that it’s in half once that point –basically that
like little sharp pointy part– touches the side of the pattern. So, where the
side of your shirt will be. Okay, so it should look something like that, like
kind of like a little triangle at the bottom. It should look something like
this, then what you want to do is put this folded pattern on top of the folded
fabric and then you want to trace it the way that it is, and then later we’re
going to go back and adjust the neckline so that we have a sort of
kind of boat neck. The next thing I want to do in order to make the neckline you
want to measure about an inch down ,bring it across an imaginary line and then
then make like a half-inch line at that one inch mark, and then you want to draw a
line from the top of where the shoulder will be, and you want to connect it from
here down to that half-inch line that you just drew, and then from there just
kind of freehand a curve. So remember that the deeper the curves is, the lower
your neckline will be, and you also have to remember that this line we can assume
includes the seam allowance. Okay, then you want to cut it out, and it should look something like this once you open it up. Now
remember that the pattern that we just traced in order to get this pattern we
have here already included the seam allowance lines, so you want to just add
the seam allowance line to the inside of this pattern right here, and it’s going
to help you with hemming. You also want to transfer the similar lines to the
previous patterns that we made for the back part of the shirt. So, it should look
something like this. Now you want to hem the backside of this shirt. So, you’re not
going to worry about the side, and the armhole, just this part here. So, fold it
over and then sew along it. I recommend that you do a zig zag stitch if you’re working with cotton fabric. And you want to do the same thing with the other side of the
other flap. So fold it, and then sew all around. Don’t worry about the armhole, or
the side yet, so it should look something like this. So, starting with the front
part of the shirt you want to put it so that the right side of the shirt is
facing up. So, your seam allowance should be down. Then you want to take the back
of the shirt and make sure that the right side at the back of the shirt is
facing the right side of the front of the shirt, and you want to make sure
that they’re lined up along the edges of the side of the shirt. You want to pin down at the top of the shoulders, and the sides. Step one: hem the
sides. Step two: sew the shoulders. Step three: hem the bottom of all three layers.
Step four: hem the neckline, all right. To make the sleeves you want to fold the
fabric in half, and make sure it’s inside out. You want to put your shirt on the folded fabric and trace the curve of your
armhole. Then we want to take a sleeve of a shirt that you already have, and you
want to trace it. If you don’t have a short sleeve shirt use a long sleeve shirt
and fold it the way that I did. If it’s too long you can always adjust it, it’s
better longer than shorter. Then you want to make sure that the armhole of the
sleeve lines up exactly with the armhole that you just drew on the fabric. Then
you want to trace the sleeve as it is. So, you see there’s a sort of gap between
the sleeve of the shirt and where the fabric is, you don’t want to trace
your sleeve going down. You just want to trace from the bottom of your sleeve,
just straight up. So as you can see, with my sleeve I had to do a little bit of an
adjustment by drawing an extra line. So, if you end up tracing a shirt that’s
bigger, just make sure that the bottom of your sleeve meets the end of the armhole.
So now you want to pin down the sleeve pattern, and add seam allowance to the left, the right, and the bottom of the pattern, but not at the top of the pattern where
the fold is. Cut out the pattern and trace it to make a second sleeve. Once you have your two sleeves it should look like this. And then, what you want to do is
just make sure that you copy the seam allowance lines on the front and
the back of both patterns. So, they should be on both sides. And then, we want to sew just the bottom of both sleeves. Okay, so after you’ve sewn your sleeves
it should look like this basically, okay. And you want to do the same thing with
both sleeves. Then you want to attach your sleeve to your shirt so that it
looks like this. Take your shirt and you want to turn it
inside out. Turn your shirt inside out and you want to take your sleeve and
make sure that your sleeve is on the right side. Then you want to take the
right side of the sleeve and put it inside the arm hole. So, it should go
like this, still on the right side, and you want to take this bottom part of
where the sleeve is and you want to match it up with the bottom part of the
armhole okay. Still with the sleeve inside, so match it
up like so, and you want to pin it, okay. And then, you wanna –from this part– you
just want to go all around the armhole and just pin the sleeve to the armhole
together okay. But, it’s important to start with that seam line because it
helps to make sure that everything is in place because you don’t want to have the
seams not matching up when you’re done. It should look like this, okay and you
just want to go ahead and sew all the way around, okay. When you’re done do a
top stitch and that will be it, and then the final part is to try your shirt on
and make sure that your sleeves are okay, and then you can — while you’re trying to
shirt on– you can just decide how far in you need to
hem the sleeve of your shirt, and then turn it inside out like we already have
our shirt inside out, and then just hem it down, okay. And that is basically it,
okay. So, let’s go ahead and do it.


  • Reply Tkeyah Nicole May 15, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I like this but I would have to wear mine backwards. would it be much of a difference in the measurements if I put the tie in the front?

  • Reply Limène Lou June 4, 2017 at 7:22 pm


  • Reply Hannah Marie June 29, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    This was so amazing and easy to follow i watch your videos and i made and entirely new wardrobe

  • Reply Crystal Clear December 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Shania what kind of fabric did u use in this video?😍

  • Reply Sincerely Kenzie December 18, 2017 at 1:39 am

    So sexy sis I love it 😍

  • Reply luisa March 27, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    does this fabric stretch?

  • Reply Trinidad Meza March 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Me encanta, gracias, saludos

  • Reply Shanda Peters June 1, 2018 at 1:08 am

    This teaches nothing about making a top instead tracing a top on cloth, cut and sew…tht is something even a child can do

  • Reply Cheryl Minaya August 21, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Love it!!! 💕

  • Reply Tamesha Rodgers December 22, 2018 at 2:42 am

    Amazing you

  • Reply Tiffany Richards April 16, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Nice video easy to follow

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