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Abigale Crop Top

Everyone, meet Abigale, a polka-dotted and scalloped crop top I made earlier this year. She is juvenile and strays from my normal sophisticated silhouettes, plus, she doesn’t have any ruffles or lace on her. Surprisingly though, she fits into my wardrobe quite nicely.
 
She began as a spontaneous and random project. I had gorgeous vintage fabric from a project I didn’t finished last summer that I was killing myself for letting go to waste. Abigale also came out of my curiosity of how to wear crop tops. Wearing one in a chic and non-dowdy way has been a struggle of mine. Pair them with a high-waisted bottom (jeans, pants, or a skirt) or wear it over another top? Surely crop tops cannot make a solo appearance. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to expose my belly for any occasion other than the beach. But pairing it with different pieces in my wardrobe, I found that the best way for me to wear a crop top is to wear it with something long as I did in the photos. The difference in lengths balances the outfit.

The pattern and sewing was simple. As stated above, Abigale was made with a vintage, polka-dotted, lightweight cotton fabric. Facings, either fold back or sew-in, finished the neck and sleeve and bottom opening. All seams were bound with bias binding using a hong kong finish to reduce bulk.

 
So… isn’t she darling?


 

26 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lizz

    Too cute! Love the polka dots!

  2. Reply

    Meris M.

    I really appreciate the notes on how to adapt our sloper blocks into real garments. 

    • Reply

      maddie

      You’re welcome! That’s the most important part!

  3. Reply

    Ginger

    Cute!  I love this!  It’s so nice and summery!

  4. Reply

    Brandy Swope

    oh muh gaw i love abigale. love!

  5. Reply

    Jo

    This is super cute- You make it seem so easy! lol 🙂

    • Reply

      maddie

      Oh even I have make mistakes. Believe me!!

  6. Reply

    Kat Sultanie

    That is so cute! I might have to add something like this to the sewing list for after I have the baby.

  7. Reply

    Love, Carrie

    Adorable! She is a beaut…….and the set design for these photos is so sweet…..I want to hang out there too <3

  8. Reply

    Sewing Princess

    I love it! it looks so cute on you! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I really like your lights on the ladder

    • Reply

      maddie

      The lights in my ladder represent my year round Christmas tree… neat idea, huh?

  9. Reply

    Tanit-Isis

    It is quite adorable; I love the combination of polkadots and scallops. When I was in high-school, there was nothing quite as sexy and stylish as a crop-top (solo, of course…) /sigh. I suppose I should be glad those days are gone…

    • Reply

      maddie

      Oh we all were silly when we were in high school. Funny part is, we thought we knew it all.

  10. Reply

    Amy

    Maddie, this is a fantastic idea! I love the combination of polka dots and scallops. The hardest thing about crop tops or exaggerated scale pieces is getting the right proportions with everything, and I love how you’ve balanced it all. I also like your mini-tutes on adjusting your patterns. They’re really helpful.

  11. Reply

    Mary the freak

    this is so beautiful! I really adore your work. This top is so cute, i LOVE scallops. You seem to have soooo many great ideas 🙂
    (I sewed  a crop top a few weeks ago, just to see how it works.  It turned out pretty nice)

    and by the way…. there is a new blog needing love…
    birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com

    • Reply

      maddie

      Every blog needs some lovin’
      I’m heading on over now to check it out

  12. Reply

    Mary the freak

    this is so beautiful! I really adore your work. This top is so cute, i LOVE scallops. You seem to have soooo many great ideas 🙂
    (I sewed  a crop top a few weeks ago, just to see how it works.  It turned out pretty nice)

    and by the way…. there is a new blog needing love…
    birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com

  13. Reply

    Amanda

    Oh my goodness I absolutely love it! So incredibly cute. You are a very talented lady. 

  14. Reply

    TJ

    okay, your room is fabulous! and so is that crop top! obsessing 😉
    xo TJ

    • Reply

      maddie

      Don’t you just love my room! It’s so wonderful to wake up to those lights every morning. Makes all my days sparkle.

  15. Reply

    Amy

    Very cute.  And, thanks for showing us just how to make this top for ourselves using the bodice block we all should have…  Now to get working on that…  🙂

    • Reply

      maddie

      You will get to that block… right after you make that awesome jacket that’s in the works right now, right?

  16. Reply

    Wanett Clyde

    I LOVE this!! I have scallop fever, so this is right up my alley!! Also, super jealous of your room!

  17. Reply

    Nikki | The Ginger Diaries

    You look amazing and I love love love Abigal! She’s a beauty and looks absolutley stunning on you!! May I also say that i just fell in l-o-v-e looove, with your blogs lay-out? x

  18. Reply

    sallieforrer

    Ah! Its gorgeous!! I love it, and this is such a clever way to wear a crop top!

  19. Reply

    Nette Nette

    So very darling! I love this top and the fabric is just beautiful! <3

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