Tip: Begin with the end in mind (from 7 habits of highly effective people)
1. Get a shirt that you want to crop
2. Cut to your desired length and look. Make sure that you are completely positive about the resulting look before cutting the shirt. I recommend having a half-inch allowance for edging.
|Cut the left sleeve|
|Cut the right sleeve by using the left sleeve's cut pattern|
|Cut the bottom part of the shirt|
3. Sew the edges. This part took me around 2 hours to finish because I chose to use overcasting stitch instead of running stitch. I felt like the diligent kid in Home economics class. HAHAHAHA Times like this I want a real sewing machine and a teacher.
|Voila! a cropped top|
Optional: If you want to add some back details, then continue reading.
4. Fold the back part of the shirt into two, and cut short horizontal lines in the center.
|It will look like this when you spread out the shirt|
|It will look like this when you open out the cuts|
5. I initially thought that it already looked good like that, but I felt that it was unfinished so I inserted a lasso through the cuts.
|Tadaa! back details to your cropped top|
|Now where's my leather jacket and jaguar motorcycle!|
If you noticed, I changed the lasso from a colorful one to a black one because I felt that the black one look more badass, but hey do you what you want, that's badass too. HAHAHAHA
I suddenly miss my Highschool days when I used to do DIY crafts every single day because (1) it was required, (2) it was an essential part of cosplaying. I think this is my first DIY project in 4 years. Oh boy, I miss Highschool.