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!
Below is a drawing on how I altered the pattern to get the look I was going for. The grey is the original pattern, the rainbow is how I cut it:
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
I love it…thanks for sharing the pattern:) I will be picking S1873 pattern up during the next sale!
That’s so great! I’m so glad I can inspire! thanks for the love <3
I love the matching pieces worn together and I’m so impressed at how good you are at modifying a pattern to create the exact look you’re going for.
Love it!! What kind of material did you use for the lining?
hey there! this top has no lining in it as it was a very quick and last minute make.