Ask any New Yorker – this summer has been a scorcher. How can we survive the heat without compromising our style? Lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect free sewing pattern: the Evanthe Crop Top! With a gorgeous off the shoulder ruffle and a cropped length that hits just right, this top can be dressed up or down. It would look gorgeous in nearly any fabric – linen for an effortlessly chic everyday look, a classic nautical stripe for vacation, or a statement print for a night out.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 2 yards of Mood Exclusive Garden of Earthly Delights Black Cotton Voile
- 1 spool of 10 Black 1000m Gutermann Sew All Thread
- 1 yard of White Elastic – 0.75″
- MDF319 – The Evanthe Crop Top Free Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
How to sew the ruffle:
1. Place both ruffle pieces right sides together, pin along the short edges, and sew. I used a French seam here.
2. Sew a row of basting stitches ¼” from edge. Repeat another row ½” from the edge. We’ll gather those in a later step.
How to sew the bodice:
1. Sew a basting stitch along the front & back neckline pieces. We’ll gather those in a later step.
2. Place the front & back pieces right sides together and sew the side seams. I used French seams here.
How to sew the armhole bias facing:
1. Place the armhole bias strips right side down, then fold up each side lengthwise and iron so you create a ½ inch bias strip.
2. Take a strip and unfold one side. Line up the raw edge to the armhole’s edge, right sides together. Sew 3/8″ from edge. Repeat on the other side.
3. Fold the entire bias strip inside the armhole, pin, and sew the remaining ironed edge. You shouldn’t see the bias strip from the right side of the bodice. Trim any excess bias strip. Repeat on the other side.
How to sew the casing strips:
1. Place the casing strips right sides down, fold up each side, and iron so you create a 1 ⅛” casing strip.
2. Unfold the two casing strips and place right sides together. Lay the top edge of a bodice piece in-between the two strips. Gather the bodice so the finished armholes match with the notches in the casing strip. Repeat on the other side of the bodice.
3. With the right sides together, unfold the casing strips and sew the ends of the front & back. The shoulder piece should now be a closed circle.
How to sew on the ruffle:
1. Gather the ruffle.
2. Unfold the inner casing and with the right sides together, pin on the ruffle. Make sure the side seams are matched on the ruffle and shoulders, and the edges are aligned. Sew.
3. Turn the garment inside out with the wrong side of the ruffle facing up. Fold the outer casing over the raw edge of the ruffle. Pin, then stitch in the ditch, leaving a few inches for inserting the elastic.
How to insert the elastic:
1. After you’ve decided on a comfortable length for the shoulder elastic, insert it into the space you left open in the previous step. Sew the ends together, then sew the space closed.
2. Iron a 1 ⅛” double fold hem on the bottom of the bodice, then sew. Insert elastic as you did in step 1.