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80s Flop to Crop Top

April 27, 2018

Here's, literally, how I flipped these:

 To this: 

Something within these neglected pair of floral 80s mom shorts called to me...

 

I guess it wasn't the crotch, because that's the first thing I cut out...

 

How's that for an opening line?

 

Here is what I did:

 

1. I flipped the shorts upside down.  Voila! A basic flowy crop top shape. 

 

2. I cut out the crotch to form a basic neckline. I settled with a v-neck in front and a scoop neck in the back.

 

3. I opened the outer seam of each leg about 6" to form arm holes. (bottom outer edges of shorts if you aren't thinking upside down yet)

 

4. I sewed the shoulders shut (what was the pant leg openings) from my new neck opening out to the shoulders. 

 

5. I ironed the seam flat facing the back of the shirt and topstitched it in place.

*I love topstitching for a few reasons: definitely adds a crisp, professional look and it locks the seam down so it lays flatter and doesn't irritate you when you wear it.

 

6. Sneaky step: I reversed the built in pocket so it faced the correct direction to actually be usable (remember it turned these shorts upside down).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here, the pocket is still upside down. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then cut the pocket and flipped it and reattached it.

 

 

 

 

 

7. I hemmed 'in the round' my armholes roughly 1/8" seam allowance starting from armpit area, making sure to give extra reinforcement to the armpit area.

*This is important for two reasons: armpits see a lot of use and it also locks the top end of the shirt's side seam. 

 

8. Then I used a complementary bias tape color to hem my neckline. 

 

9. Iron all of your new seams. 

 

DONE!

 I definitely did a similar dance to celebrate.

   

Here are a few more angles.

 

 

 

I hope you are inspired!

 

You can find out more on my Instagram or Facebook

 

Love,

Ashley

 

 

 

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