I’m super excited for today’s Project Reconstruction post because this is the first time collaborating with a friend on a fun project. She came to me with a men’s XL t-shirt that she wanted to turn into a crop top. Thinking about the summer days ahead, this is a super easy, no sew reconstruction project that will take 10 minutes tops!
One thing to note here is the type of fabric you’re working with. We were lucky in this case that the t-shirt used in this tutorial is 100% cotton and does not have a stiff knit. The reason you’ll want to be weary of the stiffness of the knit is because, with such an over sized shirt, you’ll want the excess fabric at the armholes to droop down instead of maintain the shape of the original shirt.
With the shirt laid flat on the floor, trace out where you want to make the cuts using fabric chalk. The guide above uses the existing ends of the armholes and ends of the neckline. You’ll want to follow the original seam of the neckline to work off of to help maintain proportions with the armholes. The neckline is entirely up to you in terms of how much or little you want to modify. We cut the trim, keeping the original height of the back of the neckline (shown in yellow) and tweaked the depth of the front neckline a couple times until we were happy with the plunge.
10 minutes later and there you have it! A super easy way to convert all those ill-fitting band tees from your teenage years into a wearable, summer-ready crop top!
A huuuge thank you to my friend for providing such a hilarious t-shirt for this project (any other Borat fans out there?) and for graciously modeling for this post! ♥