I’ve been having a love affair with white tops this summer. I pretty much have exclusively paired a white tank, my white peplum, and white lace shirts with all of my skirts. White is fresh, crisp, and classic, so it’s no wonder it’s everyone’s closet staple. It also makes me look tan, and I love that about you, white.
In order to incorporate a more interesting white top that could be worn with high waisted skirts into my wardrobe, I dreamed up this white off the shoulder ruffle crop top, similar to my off the shoulder seersucker dress. And by dreamed, I mean I think I saw it all over the place because I ended up finding so many good links for the non-sewers out there! As is usually the case, I spent a fraction of the price ($12 to be exact) by making my own top, so don’t rule out your crafting skills so quickly.
Clothing Details: Off the Shoulder Crop Top – Made by me (see above for purchasing options) || Maxi Skirt (similar green maxi skirt) – Forever 21 || Lace Up Sandals – Shoedazzle || Bracelet (similar wooden bracelet) – Vintage
This top is light and airy, perfect for the hot Houston Summers. Since I made it myself, I was able to alter it to the exact length that I wanted, which I would say is a long crop top. It can be worn with jeans and a small midriff or with high waisted options without showing any skin. And as history repeats itself, I have created my fifth off the shoulder sewing project. Is the off the shoulder trend taking over my life? Are you guys sick of it? Is it too late now to say sorry? Well, sorry… I’m not sorry.
See below for the full tutorial.
Off the Shoulder Ruffle Crop Top
1.5 yards White Cotton Fabric
1.5 yards 3/8″ Elastic
Large Safety Pin
Pencil or Pen for marking
1. Start by taking a couple of measurements. First measure around your bust. Take this measurement and subtract 12″. This will be the width of the FRONT and BACK pieces. Second, measure around your shoulders and subtract 4″. This will be the width of each of your RUFFLE pieces. Third, take the measurement of your shoulders again and subtract 2″. This will be the length of your elastic. Mine was 38″.
Measure and mark out all of your pieces as shown on your fabric. Cut each piece out from the fabric.
2. Take your FRONT and BACK and fold the curved edges over about 1/4″ toward the back side of the fabric, and pin them in place. You may need to cut some small triangles in the fabric so that the fold lies flat when you fold it over. Thread your machine and sew along the pinned edges of the arms.
3. Place your FRONT on top of your BACK with the right sides of the fabric touching and sew along the sides of the body to connect them about 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric.
Also place each of your RUFFLE pieces on top of one another with the right sides of the fabric touching and sew along the short sides to connect them.
4. Turn the ruffle and body right side out. To connect the two pieces, slide your body pieces into the ruffle loop and line up the center of the ruffle with the center of the body at the top. Pin the front RUFFLE to the FRONT and the back RUFFLE to the BACK. You will have some section of the ruffle on the edges that is not pinned to anything where your arms will go later. Sew along the pins 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric.
5. Fold the top edge of the entire ruffle backwards 1/4″ and pin. Sew along this line. Then, fold that same edge over 3/4″, pin, and sew all the way around except for about a 1″ section.
6. Connect your safety pin to the end of the elastic and string it through the pocket you just made, making sure to not lose the end of the elastic in the fabric. Sew the ends of the elastic together and sew up the 1″ hole.
7. Hem the ruffle and the body at the bottoms to your desired length.