Get ready to discover your new go-to pair of sewing patterns. Learn how to make a crop top to give instant style impact to high-waisted jeans and skirts (above) with our free crop top pattern and step-by-step guide.
In this free pattern we’ll show you how to make a boxy top with our free crop top pattern from Simply Sewing magazine. This modern make is one of our most popular patterns here on Gathered – it can be easily lengthened if cropped styles aren’t your thing. If you want to try a pattern for a full body garment, you might also like this fun DIY for refashioning a scarf into a lightweight gown pattern (pictured below) from Mollie Makes magazine – it’s perfect for summer days out on the beach, or layered over jeans and a simple tee for a quick outfit update. For more summer sewing patterns, head to our round up 12 of the best summer sewing patterns.
Why we’ve renamed this pattern
The pattern in this post used to be called “Kimono top sewing pattern” but we’ve renamed it after listening to debates within our community about the use of the terms “Kimono” and “Kimono sleeves”. While these terms are widely used, we want makers of all backgrounds to feel included and welcomed in our shared making community.
While this top features grown-on sleeves (and so it might be referred to by some as a kimono top sewing pattern), it’s also a lovely garment for you to make whatever we call it, so we’ve renamed it crop top pattern, and we hope you enjoy making it.
If you’d like to learn more about the cultural heritage of Japanese kimono, you can read more here:
- My Modern Met: The unique history of the Japanese Kimono
- Japanese Culture: Kimono
- Sew Guide: What is a Kimono?
Free crop top pattern
You will need
- Crop top sewing pattern – from Simply Sewing issue 3 – you’ll need to download our Two Piece Top sewing pattern and this pattern layout diagram
- Fabric, 1 metre (based on fabric 150cm (60in) wide, for sizes UK 8-10)
- Matching thread
- Basic sewing kit
- Use a 1.5cm (5⁄8in) seam allowance throughout unless otherwise stated.
- The pattern is for UK sizes 8-10, but can be easily altered to fit other dress sizes. Add extra width at the dashed line on the pattern piece, approx 5-10cm per sizing bracket.
- Check the size of the new pattern against your body measurements to ensure it will fit comfortably.
How to make a crop top
You Will Need
- Fabric (See fabric requirements on each pattern)
- Sewing machine
- Fabric marker
- Scissors (Fabric scissors or rotary cutter)
- Sewing machine
- Iron (For pressing)
Fold your fabric in half right sides (RS) together. Place both pattern pieces on the fold, pin in place and cut out.
Place the top front and back RS together. Pin then stitch together along the shoulder seams from the neckline to the sleeve hem, and along the side seams from the sleeve hem to the hemline. Press the seams open and finish with a machine zigzag stitch or overlocker.
To create the turn-up sleeve, first turn under the raw edge of the cuff by 1cm (3/8in) to the wrong side (WS), then again by 4cm (1.5in). Press, pin and then sew in place, keeping as close to the fold as possible.
Fold the turn-up to the RS of the top and stitch in place at the side seams by hand using invisible stitches to hold the turn-up in place.
Turn raw edge of the hem under to the WS by 1cm (3⁄8in), then turn under by 1cm (3⁄8in) again. Pin then sew into place to hem the top. Press.
Carefully clip the neckline curve, cutting approx 1cm in each time. This will reduce bulk and help the neckline to lay flat.
Turn the raw edge of the neckline to the WS by 1cm (3⁄8in), then turn under by 1cm (3⁄8in) again. Press and pin in place. Stitch around the neckline neatly using matching thread. Alternatively, use bias binding as a facing to finish the neckline.