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DIY - Easy Box Cropped Tee

Hi Everyone, 

DIY time! YEY! So I wanted to write a post on how to make this easy boxy cropped top. It's super simple and once you've made one- you'll be making them in every colour!


All you need is:
  • A loose fit t-shirt to trace around
  • Tailors Chalk
  • Fabric - I used a jersey knit
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine


Firstly draw around your tee, make it as wide as you want adding a couple of centimetres for seams. Trace the neckline of the back piece. You could also trace this shape onto some baking parchment as a pattern piece you can re-use.  
Cut out two of these box tee shapes - one for the front and one for the back. On the front piece, trim down the neckline to your desired shape. Next we need to make the facings. 



Use the neckline on each piece to trace the shape onto your fabric again. Then cut out with a 2 inch strip below. Once cut, sew the short ends together. I used a 10mm seam allowance for all seam sewing. 
Join the shoulder seams of your front and back pieces to create your t-shirt shape. 


Now is the time to add any motif or detail you like to the front piece. Want to see how I added these floral motifs? New video on my Youtube channel soon! Subscribe to keep up to date HERE.

Next place the facing right sides together with the t-shirt. Pin and sew. 


Pin side seams right sides together. And sew. Repeat on other side. 



Press the facings flat and top stitch the neckline to create a neat finish. Next I added little kimono style sleeves. I cut 4 inch wide strips and joined the short sides. I then folded them wrong sides together to create a folded loop. Attach the sleeves to the armholes right sides together and stitch. 

Press everything neatly. If you want to finish off the seams you can use your overlocker or a zig zag stitch to ensure longevity of your new top. Finish the raw bottom edge and then pin up to the finished length and stitch. 


I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have a go! Next time I might make mine even looser fitting. Especially if I use a jersey knit again. But I'm really pleased with the finished result. 

Happy Handmade!

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