This week’s post is actually is a DIY I created back in September, right before the weather got cold and I didn’t get the chance to shoot it. But now that it’s summer, it’s kind of the perfect time to share this linen crop top I made!
The Original Look:
I made this top as part of lengha for a wedding I attended. For those of you who don’t know what a lengha is, you can check out some other versions I’ve made here and here to get a better idea. What’s cool about this is that I can wear it many ways:
- as South Asian wear
- if I drop the shawl, it becomes western summer wear
- or just like in this post, mix-and-matching the top (or skirt)
The entire look above used about 2.5m of linen from Fabricland, but I probably used less than 1/2m to make this top. It was only $5/m (cha-ching!) which should be no surprise to you by now because I’m such a stickler for never buying anything at full price as you may have seen in my other posts!
Pattern & Construction:
This is a major modification using my trusty Simplicity 1873 bodice. I basically used it just to get the sizing correct but I pretty much changed the entire look. I swear, I’ve hacked this pattern a million times over and have only ever made the bodice correctly once (I’ve never even made the skirt!) otherwise it ends up looking like this, this or this!
Zipper & Straps:
The zipper is my favourite part of this top. I had it adjusted to it’s current size months before knowing I wanted to make this top. So technically, I made the back of this crop top to match the size of the zipper. To make the straps, I used method 1 from this sweet tutorial.
While I love this crop and how it turned out, I think the only adjustment I’d made in the future is adding bra cups to the inside so I don’t have to wear a strapless. Cuz…strapless bras suck lol. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this make – leave your comments below!
Photos: Padmanie M.
Denim Jacket: H&M | Skirt: My Grama’s 🙂
Location: Toronto Harbourfront