Sheer White Faux Crop Top

A crop top and a simple full  skirt are, in my opinion, the perfect outfit to take you through spring and into summer. Even better when the crop top is actually a "tuck-in blouse with look of short overblouse"!


This is my altered version of Simplicity 3480. I showed my alterations in this post from last June--although I hadn't made another one after my red wearable muslin, I didn't forget about this vintage oddity! I wrote about it in my recent Seamwork article, and whipped one up for the sunny weather we've been having this week here in North Carolina.


The only change I made this time was to lengthen the pattern pieces by an additional 6 inches. It seems so long when you're cutting it out, but a lot of it gets taken up in the tuck that creates the fake hem. I wish my hem were a tiny bit shorter to show off my waist a bit more, but I really love this effect. I may take it up half an inch or so.


I love it in this semi-sheer white cotton muslin--it protects your shoulders from the sun and yet it is light and cool enough that I expect it to take me through the summer.


My necklace is from Happiness Boutique, it's this one. I love costume jewelry; I have some great sparkly pieces from my great-grandmother, and I think this over-the-top, blingy look is a fun touch paired with a more casual outfit, but I also think it would be gorgeous layered over a vintage dress with a jewel neckline.  (You can get 10% off with code alliemjackson, and they have free shipping and a rewards program!)

I want to make and wear some more crop tops this spring and summer--I have lots of full skirts (you can never have too many!) which will pair well with tuck-in faux crop tops for work, and I think I'll try and make them whenever I have remnants left over from bigger projects. You can layer one over a dress, which is a nice vintage look, or pair it with a skirt for a matched set. I'm starting to think the question is when can't you wear a crop top?

Would you wear a crop top--if it wasn't reeeally a crop top? What do you think is more practical, a fake crop top or a regular crop top + a tank underneath? Do you want a full tutorial or is my explanation from the original post comprehensive enough?


xoxo,
allie

ps: the building behind me is the former Julian S. Carr Junior High School, the first junior high in durham to be integrated. Andree McKissick and Henry Vickers enrolled in 1959, 5 years after brown v. board of education.

allie J.

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13 comments:

  1. This is such a cute, fun, classic, wearable outfit. I am too old for crop tops (faux or real) but I do make Grainline Scout woven tees out of my large leftover pieces of fabric. I think the crop top looks more put together on you than a Scout tee tucked in would. The edge of the tuck remains smooth and unbunched which makes you look "neat and tidy."

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    1. I agree about the crop looking a bit more put together--it's less bunchy!

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  2. I love this outfit! The crop top pairs so well with the longer skirt and your shoes are so cute

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    1. Thanks! They're only like $30, too, I love lands end!

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  3. Great idea! These tops combine so well with the full skirts. I have never worn real crop tops, but I might try one of these faux crop tops. They do look great

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    1. Keep your eye on this space! I'll be posting a tutorial soon.

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  4. I remember we talked about crop top but Summer is over and I haven't even cut one yet :( It's still in my 'to-sew' list though. I love this outfit, very casual but still look put together!

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    1. Thank you! I've been dressing up every weekend for blog photos and it's so nice, I do feel much more put together than I do when I just wear workout clothes or pjs all day ;)

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  5. Your crop top is adorable! It's a grownup version you can wear any day of the week. I like the idea of a faux crop way better then a real one with a tank top underneath. If it's hot the last thing I want to wear is multiple layers and with a semi sheer fabric I prefer not too see the tank through the shirt. And don't get me started about when a tank strap slips down my arm and I have to reach inside my shirt to adjust it! This would solve all those problems. A faux crop needs to be added to my summer to sew list immediately!

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    1. Thanks! I wore mine to work last week and felt like I was getting away with something all day ;) I actually ended up wearing a tank underneath this one since it's white and a bit sheer but I'll be making some non-sheer ones for those really sticky days...

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  6. Tutorial, please (since you asked)! I'm new at sewing and can't pull of a "real" crop top, but would love to swing in my forties with something like this! :-)

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    1. Okay! I'll get on a tutorial right away ;)

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  7. I absolutely LOVE this look and the concept of the faux cropped top!!! Being of a certain age and having that extra padding in my middle the cropped tops of today are just too exposing but this is an item I will be making for sure. Thanks for the great idea and tutorial. Love your blog!

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