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LLK Style: Crop Top Edition

Niina Kivelä

Guest blogger Weatherly Parrish 

Hey everyone…Weatherly here from Love and Lilies Designs.  I don’t know about you but I am LOVING crop tops for this summer season and I feel like I am seeing them everywhere!! Since they seem to be so popular, I’m going to show you some awesome, easy ways to change some of your favorite Little Lizard King patterns into crop tops.  Better yet, they are the perfect for pairing with the new Valencia shorts, or skirts like the Mayari and Martinique!

Crop Top Options Included in This Tutorial:

Knot Right Now, Isla, Elise, Ruchie and Millie Market

Choosing Your Length:

First, you’ll need to choose the size you want to make, based on the measurement charts listed in the pattern you’re using.  Like always, you will use the chest measurement to determine the width and height measurement to determine the length.  Next, you will use the chart below (because who doesn’t love a good chart?!) to determine how far down from the armpit to measure for the length of your crop top.  Then, add one inch to account for hemming and elastic casings.  The only version you will not add an extra inch for is the Millie Market hemmed version; for that version, you will only add .5 inch.  So for example, if I am making a size 18 month Knot Right Now Crop Top, I will measure down from the bottom of the armpit curve a total of 5”; 4” from the chart plus 1” for hemming/elastic casing.

After you have chosen your size and cut the pattern to the appropriate length, you’ll want to cut out your fabric and follow the directions (per each pattern).  Follow the directions until it is time for back elastic casings for the Elise and Millie market or until it is time to hem the Knot Right Now and the Isla.

Hemming/Elastic Casing:

Tip - Before hemming baste or serge the lining and main bottoms together for the Knot Right Now Crop Top, Isla, and Millie Market. Do not do this for the Elise or Ruchie until after you have inserted all the elastic in the back casings.

Knot Right Now Crop Top: Fold the bottom raw edge 1/4" wrong sides together.  Fold another 3/4".  Topstitch leaving a 2" gap for inserting elastic.  Insert 1/2" elastic that is the length of the chest measurement.  Overlap 1/2" and secure ends together.  Topstitch to close gap.

knot top

Isla: Fold the bottom raw edge 1/4" wrong sides together.  Fold another 3/4". Topstitch leaving a 2" gap for inserting elastic.   Insert 1/2" elastic that is the length of the chest measurement.  Topstitch to close gap.

Elise: Follow the pattern as directed until it comes to the back elastic casings.  You will be using 1/2” elastic so the casing will be 3/4" wide.  Sew a line across the back bodice 3/4” down from the top.  In the last step you will be turning up the bottom raw edge 1/4 and then 3/4 for the final elastic casing.  Mimic this fold so you can determine where the center casing for the back elastic should be.  Mark where the middle 3/4" casing lines should be sewn.  Sew those two lines.  Create a memory crease at the bottom raw edge.  Turn up 1/4" wrong side together and press.  Fold another 3/4” and press.  Unfold.  Insert elastic into the top two casings and stitch in the ditch to secure.  Refold the bottom memory crease.  Topstitch 1/8” from the fold across the back ONLY.  Insert the last back elastic piece into this casing and stitch in the ditch at the side seam to secure.  Sew across the front of the bodice to finish securing this seam.    

Ruchie: If you are doing the simple Ruchie bodice both the lining and main will be the exact same.  If you would like to keep the ruching you will need to cut the main front bodice piece 2x longer than the lining.  Follow the pattern as directed until it comes to the back elastic casings.  You will be using 1/2” elastic so the casings will be 3/4" wide.  Sew a line across the back bodice 3/4” down from the top.  In the last step you will be turning up the bottom raw edge 1/4 and then 3/4 for the final elastic casing.  Mimic this fold so you can determine where the center casing for the back elastic should be.  Mark where the middle 3/4" casing lines should be sewn.  Sew those two lines.  Create a memory crease at the bottom raw edge.  Turn up 1/4" wrong side together and press.  Fold another 3/4” and press.  Unfold.  Insert elastic into the top two casings and stitch in the ditch to secure.  Refold the bottom memory crease.  Topstitch 1/8” from the fold across the back ONLY.  Insert the last back elastic piece into this casing and stitch in the ditch to secure.  Sew across the front of the bodice to finish securing this seam.

Millie Market:

○ For hemmed (non-elastic) bottom: Fold the bottom raw edge 1/4" wrong sides together and then another 1/4" up.  Topstitch to secure.

○ For elastic casing at bottom: Fold the bottom raw edge 1/4" wrong sides together.  Fold another 3/4".  Topstitch leaving a 2” gap for inserting elastic.   Insert 1/2" elastic that is the length of the chest measurement.   Overlap elastic ends 1/2" and secure together.  Topstitch to close gap.

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Ardenne:

  • Ardenne is another great pattern to pair witht the Valencia bloomers.  However, it takes a few more steps than the crop tops above.  Therefore, we have a seperate tutorial on our blog to show you how to create the Ardenne pattern in knit as a crop top.  It includes a great tutorial with a instructional pictures!!
Ardenne

The same instructions apply to creating crop tops for older girls, but as height varies as kids gets older it´s important to take custom measurements.

I can´t wait to see your creations! As an added bonus the patterns used here are on sale now through Monday, May 15, 2017 at midnight!  Happy sewing!!