DIY Fashion: Twisted Crop Top

Updated on January 15, 2018
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I love to dye my hair all colors of the rainbow. I love all things vintage, and I enjoy creating art, taking photos, and doing it myself.

Crop tops are adorable, and if you're trying to be stylish, they're in for the summer! Create your own to add a fun and retro flare to your wardrobe.

I recently competed in a pin-up contest and found myself lacking in retro-style clothing. While I didn't wear one of these crop tops, now I know what to do for the next one. They are so easy to create, and I can make use of old tank tops that I rarely wear.

Before snippage.
Before snippage.


This one is pretty straightforward, and you don't need that many things! It's no-sew, unless you'd rather sew than safety pin.

  • Tank top
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins

Step 1: Cut Down the Front

Lay your shirt flat on the ground, with the front facing up. Take your scissors and cut straight down the middle, using smooth lines!

Step 2: Cut Off the Back

Turn your shirt over so the back is facing up, and cut off a big rectangle from the bottom. Make sure you trim neatly up the sides, and straight across the back about halfway up.

Step 3: Fastening

There are several ways to do this. Once you've put your shirt on, wrap the long bits in the front around your midsection. Now, you can do one of these things:

  • tie the strips in the back, if they're long enough
  • fasten them together with safety pins
  • sew the ends of either strip together

I opted for safety pins, so the shirt is easier to take off.

Now, you'll notice that the front is probably slightly floppy. You can cut the floppy bits off, or just tuck them back, like I did.

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With the ends tiedWith the ends safety pinned
With the ends tied
With the ends tied
With the ends safety pinned
With the ends safety pinned

More DIYs

It's really that easy! I made two new crop tops with this method. Check out pictures below. Also, if you're looking for more ways to spice up your wardrobe, check out my other DIYs!

  1. 10 DIY Ways to Make a Cut Shirt
  2. Bleached Stencil T-shirt


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      Lisa 3 years ago from Central USA

      That is absolutely adorable and you have the shape for it I don't unfortunately