Summer time is here and with the warmer weather I was finally able to wear this cute DIY shirred top! I wanted to create this sweet shirred bow top after seeing similar ones circling around on Instagram last season. The bow straps give the sweetest girly vibes and provides this top with a unique twist to your standard crop top. I’ve paired it with jeans and sneakers to edge it up a bit but I think it could also look pretty sweet with a high-waisted midi skirt. Definitely going to be making this DIY in other colours! I’m thinking white or maybe even yellow next? Let me know what color I should do next in the comments! Onwards with the tutorial…
TIME | 1hr
COST | $
DIFFICULTY | easy
What you’ll need
- 1/2 Yard of fabric of choice (something lightweight is recommended)
- Sewing machine
- Shirring elastic
- Body piece: Rectangular piece that can fit around your shoulders with a width of 10″. I used a rectangle that was 39″ x 10″
- Straps: 3.5″ x 21″ (you’ll need 4)
- Hem the long length edges of the rectangle, folding in a 1.25″ seam, sewing on the 1″ line.
- Sew shirring lines throughout the body of the rectangle. This will help gather and give the top the ruffle details. I did lines spaced out about every half inch with 17 lines in total. Shirring will automatically make the top edge and bottom edge have that ruffled effect.*
- Complete the shirred body piece into a rectangle be sewing the ends together, bad sides facing so the seam will be on the inside. Make sure the shirring lines match up. (Option: You can stop here if you want a shirred tube top)
- Sew the straps by folding and sewing along the lengthy side with 0.25″ seam allowance.
- Flip straps inside out and iron flat with the seam placed in the center of the back of the strap.
- Try on the shirred body piece and pin the straps in place to the inside.
- Sew the straps and finish off the ends by tucking in the open end and double top stitching to finish off the strap ends.
- Tie straps into bows.
*To note: One thing I would do differently, but is an extra step to the tutorial, is to make the ruffles separate pieces to the main shirred part, I think they would lay a bit more flush against that body that way. If the ruffles along the top and bottom of the top were made separately as gathered ruffles that were then attached on before the shirring step. I’ll probably try this method on the next one I make and I’ll report back to you guys via this post!
For more details on shirring be sure to check out this past DIY!
As always, if you happen to recreate these please share and use the hashtag #DECONSTRUT so I can see all your creations! Happy DIY-ing!