Sun's out and crop top season is here! I have been on the search for the perfect one, but couldn't find it. I really wanted one with and elastic band similar to sports bras, but not the same heavy material as a sports bra. I decided to make my own!
Start with a tank to t-shirt of your choice. I used the Time and Try tanks from Walmart. The material was light and it was very affordable at $4. Try the tank on and mark where you want to cut it. The snip snip away! I use this Fiskars cutting blade and a cutting mat to get a super straight line. This tool is actually amaaaazing. It's precise and way easier then using scissors. Make sure you leave enough fabric for a 1" inch seam.
Now fold over 1" of fabric and pin down to make sure the seam is even and straight all the way around the shirt. I made sure there was room fro 1" because the elastic i am using is 1", but if your elastic is wider or thinner then allow for that much space.
Now grab your sewing machine, or a needle and thread if you bout that life, and sew a seam around the entire shirt. Then cut a small line in the seam. This is where you will insert you elastic band. Cut the seam along the side so it is not visible when complete.
Take your elastic and add a safety pin to the beginning of it. Now use the safety pin to pull the elastic through the seam you just sewed. Once you get it all the way through. Sew the beginning of the elastic to the end of the elastic band. I would use a length a few inches shorter then your waist line.
THAT'S IT! Now your ready to wear! This DIY project takes about 10 minutes. The first time I did it, I was actually getting ready to go to a birthday party, and doing this did not hold me up at all. But I know what you're thinking. "How can I do this with out a sewing machine??" You have a few options: hand sew it or use fabric glue. I decided to review this product I've seen at the store all the time. The Singer handheld cordless sewing machine.
Singer Stitch Sew Quick Review
This product is advertised as a handheld mending machine. It's cordless and is powered using batteries. it comes with 4 bobbins pre-threaded and two needles. It is $15 at Walmart.
PROS: The price and the fact that it is cordless makes this attractive! I've always wanted that was a simple set up compared to my sewing machine.
CONS: It is extremely hard to handle and maneuver. The space between the base and the needle is very small and can be difficult to get fabric there to start sewing. Also you have to end the stitch juuuuuust right to that it doesn't unravel, which is an absolute headache. When I was making this crop top, the fabric kept getting stuck inside the machine and on these very sharp grooves on the machine. Overall a very clumsy experience.
I would actually pass on this product and would not recommend. The easy of have no cords and it being handheld does not overshadow how difficult it is to handle. It is not worth the energy to use this then have your seam come right out, which happened to me several times. if you love fashion and need something to alter your clothes, I would invest in a sewing machine. The cheapest one I saw was about $60 at Walmart. Get it, it'll change your life.