I’m so glad you all liked my Hawthorn Wearable Muslin Crop Top! There are many different ways to turn a dress bodice into a top, so I’ll show you the method I used for this variation.
- Construct your bodice according to the Hawthorn instructions, including sleeves, collar and facing.
- Lay out the bodice and measure the width. This number, plus seam allowance, is the minimum amount of length you will need for your waistband.
Measure the width of your waistband. I wanted my waistband to be 1 ½” thick, and to utilize the unused fabric along my salvage, so I measured up 3”
- Measure the length your waistband. I chose to have 4” extra for the lapped closure (a bit less than my first crop top) giving me 2” on either side of the center front closure.
Mark in your ⅝” seam allowance plus lapped closures and sew, leaving the top edge open.
- Clip corners and turn right side out.
- With right sides together, pin outter edge of the waistband to bodice hem.
- Stitch as close to the ends as possible, but don’t worry about sealing them off completely. A few handstitches will finish things off.
- Turn waistband edge under, covering the bodice seam, and press.
- Handstitch closed. I prefer using a whip stitch, but you can also use a catch or slip stitch.
- Sew button holes and attach buttons, adding 2 extra buttons at the right waistband and 1 inside on the left.