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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Do It Yourself Crop Tops: Summer Style Essential

This summer is all about being fresh, girly and flirty.

To me, there is nothing more quintessentially summer and fresh and girly and flirty than a cute crop top.

Whether paired with something lower cut to show off that sexy mid-drift, or worn with high waist bottoms to elongate your entire line; it is undoubtedly an essential item to have for the summer.

The inspiration is this cute one from Necessary Clothing.

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At only $17.99, it's not a hard hammer to swing. However, if you happen to want to update your wardrobe without spending any money, or maybe you are the thrifting variety then stay tuned.

On my recent Thrift Shopping Haul, I picked up a few tops that I liked for the purpose of changing them into crop tops. This way, I can have 3 tops for the price of one, as well as practice sustainable fashion.

However, if you already have shirts similar to these in your closets that you probably haven't worn in awhile, then take them out and follow along. This is a great way to just freshen up your wardrobe.

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The steps are actually quite simple in deed, all you really have to do is cut the tops to the length you desire. If your tops already have tiers then it really is just cut and wear. for tops that have a clean finish, you may need to sew it to complete the entire look.

Let's get started shall we?

I love the print of the leopard top, however, the length I am not so happy about.

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Good thing these are tiered, made it easy for me to choose the length.

Simply cut the shirt under the tier you want to preserve. If the tiers are sewn down on the sides, just cut around it.

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This shirt had a lining. Cut that to the proper length, same or shorter than the outside length.

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You end up with this.

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Much cuter top now!

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Here is a before and after comparison.

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This blue top is tiered off in such an interesting way. However, I am not a fan of the length.

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This top isn't tiered on the back so you have to make sure your cut is as straight as possible. I recommend folding the shirt this way.

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Then folding it again so there is a smaller margin for error. Once it has been folded, make a quick and decisive cut.

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And voila!

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The next and final shirt is my favourite! It also looks the most like the inspiration top. It's tiered as well, so makes it easy.

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However, there is a button track in the middle of the shirt. To make sure the top looks clean, leave a 1/2" margin.

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You end up with this.

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Tuck the extra length to the flip side and either pin it or stitch it in place.

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I love the end product.

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Now I have three cute and current crop tops.

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The perfect topper to your summer outfit.

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Outfit: DIY crop top, make your own or buy similar here
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