DIY Bustier Crop Top | Men’s Shirt Refashion


hey guys welcome back to my channel I
hope you’re doing so great and your weekend is going great today’s video is
going to be a Men’s shirt refashion it’s been a minute since I did one of these
kinds of videos and I found this beautiful yellow shirt I thrifted it for
three dollars and I turned it into this pretty bustier crop top I really love
how this turned out and I really love the fact that this top is yellow it just
puts me in a good mood and I hope it puts you in a good mood
too I love how this turned out I think it’s super cute you can pair it with a skirt, with jeans whatever you please and we have a beautiful shirred back so in
case you want to make one for yourself let’s get right into it first things
first we’re going to remove the curved edge at the bottom all my thrifted
shirts come with a curved edge and I hate this I actually should look for
shirts with a straight line at the bottom this would make my work a whole
lot easier so all I did is I drew a straight line using my ruler and my
piece of chalk and I’m just going to cut off that excess bit of fabric after this
was done I just got rid of that bit of fabric so now all I’m doing is I’m
marking 34 centimeters from the bottom and this is going to be the length on my
top I actually ended up reducing it but let’s just work with it as is right now
we’re going to get to that later and now all I’m doing with a piece of chalk and
my ruler is drawing a straight line across the points that way I have a
proper guide line so that I can cut in a straight line cuz I am pathetic at
cutting in straight lines once we have our line I just used a pair of scissors
to snip off the fabric and now we have the base of our top so taking this bit
of fabric I’m just going to open it up that way I can easily hem the top and
the bottom there was this weird patch on my shirt but let’s just ignore it I have no
idea what that was and now all I’m doing is I’m going to double roll the fabric
at the bottom and double roll the fabric at the top and do a straight stitch
straight across I seam ripped the top button mostly because I felt it would
break my needle as it was so close to my edge and after doing
that I’m just rolling in my fabric twice and doing a straight stitch straight
down so take your time with this you don’t need to pin it beforehand as this
is pretty easy to do but you can definitely do it in case it makes
everything much much easier so all I’m doing is I’m rolling in the fabric twice
and doing a straight stitch down always remember to backstitch when
starting and ending your sewing that way it doesn’t come unraveling and this is
what our top and bottom edge look like you’re going to do this for both the top
and the bottom and as you can see our top looks nice and clean and the fabric
definitely won’t fray on you moving on you’re going to take note of the
position of your button placket and on each side of the button placket you’re
going to do a slight arch this is what will enable you to draw out your cups so
I definitely recommend doing this once you have that you’re going to take your
nice and sexy bra you’re going to be using this as a template and all I’m
doing is I’m aligning one edge of the bra on to that arch you just drew and I’m
just going to trace out to the cup shape this is to enable us to have a cup shape
that actually fits our boobs which is definitely going to be a good thing so I
recommend doing this I’m just repeating the same exact thing
on the other side folding in one side of the bra and just tracing out the shape
to make it easier for me to just have a properly fitting top once you’ve drawn
out our cups it’s now time to cut off that excess bit of fabric and make sure
to only cut through the top layer you don’t want this on the bottom and top
layer so all I’m doing is I’m taking a pair of scissors and following that
curve and I’m just going to cut off that bit of excess fabric I repeated this on
the other side and we have now two cup shapes that we’re going to come back to
later moving on to the top bit of the shirt we’re now going to cut out a bit
of fabric that’s going to go into the cup shapes you just cut out so I’m going
to measure the length of one bra cup and it was 20 centimeters for me I’m going
to add five centimeters to this measurement and it became 25 centimeters
I also measured the width of one cup – 14 centimeters I added four centimeters
to make 18 centimeters and you’re going to draw out a rectangle with this
measurement so my length was 25 centimeters and my width was 18
centimeters I just drew a curve all the way to the bottom there’s actually no
formula to this just make sure the curve isn’t too steep, mine was so I went back in and
made sure she was less steep once you’re satisfied with the shape of your curve
you’re just going to cut out that bit of fabric and you’re now going to have one
bit of fabric that will go into the cup shapes you just cut out earlier after
you’ve cut out that bit you’re going to use it as a template and cut out another
bit that’s exactly the same I cut out my bit of fabric from the chest area of my
shirt but just find a position that has enough fabric and cut out a shape that’s
exact to the one you just cut out after this is done you’re going to have two
bits of fabric that are the same shape and I’m just going to zig-zag stitch the
edge just to prevent fraying if you have an overlocker
use that and now it’s time to make a casing for
our elastic taking my elastic I’m just going to make sure the casing I’m making
is sufficient enough to insert my elastic later on after I did that I’m
just pinning down the fabric and making a casing for my elastic after that is
done I’m just going to sew a straight stitch straight across the pins that way
we have a casing for our elastic to go through once this is done you’re going
to have a casing that looks something like this
as you can see she looks nice she’s ready to go and you’re going to repeat
this on the other bit of fabric as well and you’re going to have two bits of
fabric with casings so now all I’m doing is I put a safety pin onto one end of
the elastic and I’m just pushing it through my casing that way comes out the
other end once the elastic emerges I’m just going
to get rid of the safety pin and I’m just going to pin that end to the fabric
that way it doesn’t move about once you turn have the right way out that’s what
she looks like you’re going to repeat this on the other side as well
and now you’re going to make sure the elastic you put is exactly the same as
the length of your cup shape as you can see I’m just shushing out the elastic and
making sure it’s exactly the length I need and once I’m satisfied with my
length I’m just going to cut off the excess bit of elastic and I’m also going
to pin down that end that way my elastic doesn’t move about and I repeated this
onto the other bit of fabric as well and now you have two bits of fabric that
looks something like this turning them inside out I’m just going to sew the
ends of the elastic that way they stay put and don’t move about I just did a
straight stitch and backstitched a couple of times I cut off the excess bit of
elastic as we don’t need it and you will have something that looks like this now
you’re going to do a basting stitch all the way around and that’s simply a
straight stitch make sure you have a lot of hanging thread as you’re going to be
gathering this bit to fit the cup size so I’m doing a straight stitch do not
backstitch at any point as you want to be able to pull the threads you’re going
to repeat this onto the other bit of fabric and as you can see I have
lots of hanging thread I’m just going to pull the top thread this is going to
gather my fabric and I’m going to spread that about and I’m simply just going to
repeat this until we have quite a bit of gathering and it’s somewhat forms kind
of a cup shape so take your time with this pull the top thread shush it out
make sure there’s not too much gathering at one point after some time you’re
going to have something that looks like this and this is what you’re going to
attach to your top obviously repeat this onto the other bit of fabric and once
that’s done as you can see you have what you’re going to attach to the cup
shapes you cut out much earlier so now at this point I got rid of four
centimeters from the top of the placket as I wanted it to be super easy to
attach the cups and then I flipped the shirt inside out and I had the wrong
side of the cups facing me so I’m going to make sure I double hem that top bit
that I just cut before sewing the cups onto my top and as you can see I’m just
attaching the cups to my top and I used a lot of pins for this so be ready to
use almost all your pins just make sure you’re aligning the gathered fabric and
you’re somewhat trying to spread out things evenly that way it looks nice and
gathered evenly once you sew everything down once everything is nice and pinned
you’re just going to sew along the pins to attach the cup to your top you’re
going to repeat this on to the other side just pin the fabric in place take
your time with this make sure there’s not too much gathering that’s happening
at one point and after everything is nice and pinned you’re going to take it
to your sewing machine and sew along the pins I just used a straight stitch to
do this and slowly attached to my cups to my top once this was done that’s what the
inside will look like and once you turn it the right way out as you can see your
cup is beautifully attached to your top so now we basically have our top as you
can see the top is really really big and we need to downsize so instead of
cutting her up I decided to do shirring at the back as this will help gather the
fabric and also add a detail that’s fun to the top so all I’m doing as I’m
measuring seven centimeters from the cups and drawing a straight line down on
both sides and the entire length from those lines all the back bit is going to
be shirred so I have an entire video on how to
shirr, you shirr with elastic thread on your sewing machine this is really easy
to do it’s just very time-consuming I definitely will link my video on shirring
down below in case you want to learn how to shirr for yourself so basically I
just shirred and shirred for like hours I’m not even joking as you can see the
fabric gathers up quite nicely and you’re going to shirr all the way down
two thousand years later after about 10 hours of shirring as you can see I have
that weird patch it kind of bothers me but whatever so as you can see we have a
nice beautifully shirred top this is the entire back side and I was really
pleased with how this came out despite how time-consuming it was i also took in
a bit of excess fabric inside my top this is basically where the shirring
ends and begins so I just pinched a bit of fabric I think mine was about 5
centimeters and I sewed across the pins and cut off the excess bit of fabric
that way the top would fit me nice and snug once that was done that is the bit of
fabric I got rid of it’s quite a lot and I did this on both sides where the
shirring ended and began so opening this up I just want to show you where I took
in the excess bit of fabric in case you’re confused so along that edge I’m
pinching that’s exactly where the excess fabric was
and now since my top was very long I decided I wanted a crop top this is
totally optional in case you want a longer top it’s totally up to you
basically all I did is I draw straight line using my ruler and piece of chalk
and after drawing that line I cut off the excess bit of fabric and I’m just
opening up my top that way I can easily double hem the bottom that way my fabric
doesn’t fray and she looks nice and complete after that was done using a
straight stitch my top looked like this and I’m so in love with how this top
turned out moving on to the final bit which is making the sleeves I just took
the sleeves on my shirt one on top of the other and I drew a bit of sleeve
which was about 15 centimeters wide as you can see both sleeves are on top of
each other that way I can have two exact shapes and I’m just going to cut off
that bit of 15 centimeter fabric the 15 centimeters is the width of my sleeve
and as you can see we now have two beautiful pieces of fabric now I turned
them inside out that way we can make a casing for our elastic at both the top
and the bottom I recommend overlocking the edge or zig zag stitching it because my fabric frayed so much I forgot to do that so
definitely do that before you make a casing for your elastic as you can see I
put the pins straight where I need to leave a gap because you do need to leave
a gap where you’re going to insert your elastic after everything is nice and sewn
so I usually slant all my other pins and where I need to leave the gap I just put
straight pins once you’re done you’re just going to do a straight stitch all
the way around make sure to leave a gap it is so annoying to forget to leave a
gap so yeah make sure you don’t forget to do that after that is done it’s now
time to insert our elastic I took a bit of elastic measured it around my arm and
taking that measurement of elastic I pinned one safety pin to the elastic and
slid that through my fabric and then pinned a safety pin onto the other end
and this is what is going to guide my elastic through my casing so I just
slowly guided my elastic through my casing
until she emerged on the other end once I was done I took out the safety pin and
I took them both out both safety pins and I’m just going to attach this to
bits of elastic together using a pin and so you’re just going to sew a straight stitch
across both ends of the elastic and you’re going to put her back and sew that
gap shut now taking a bit of elastic I measured the bottom of my arm and
with that bit of elastic I did the same exact thing pinned a safety pin to one
end and used a hairpin on the other end as my casing was too small for my big
safety pin to pass through so after shushing out the elastic and making sure
she came out the other end I’m going to do the same thing get rid of the hair pin
get rid of the safety pin and then I’m going to attach both ends together using
a pin that way I can easily sew this down after that was done I just sewed
elastic together and closed the gap after this is done on both sleeves the
remaining bit is to attach the sleeves to your top and I just did this along
the seam so the seam of the sleeve and the seam of the top and after that was
done you have your top she’s looking beautiful
I also added two buttons just to make sure my top wasn’t gaping open so
basically that’s it for my video guys thank you so much for watching let me
know if you guys are going to be trying this DIY it’s super easy to do and the
results looks fabulous so I highly encourage you guys to try it other than
that thank you so much for watching today’s video let me know any other DIYs
you want to see on this channel I would love to try them and having said that I
really hope I catch your beautiful face in my next video until then stay safe
and DIY all your boyfriend’s shirts I give you the permission to do so and if
you don’t have a boyfriend take your dad’s dress take your brother’s shirt, it
doesn’t matter whose shirts they are just make sure you refashion all of them
you have my blessing. See you guys next time, bye!

56 comments

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  2. I love your accent
    And it turned out ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  3. You are extremely talented ๐Ÿ˜Š
    This is very beautiful โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  4. Honestly, can you come transform my whole closet because you are so talented! And I love the color of the shirt! ๐Ÿ’›

  5. Omg this is spectacular ๐Ÿ˜ you have totally outdone yourself it's so awesome ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  6. Nice idea. Maybe could have used the bottom sheared piece of the body( that you spent all the time working on) you cut and discarded for parts of the sleeve!

  7. Daniel 9 :10
    [10]Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

  8. I love you for this tutorial โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜, differently going to make this, even as a dress

  9. hi i don't know if anyone will answer but would greatly appreciate it, do you think that the sleeves have to be added, do they hold the top up or would it be fine without them? thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. If you make a mistake please don't point it out cause now that's all I'm looking at I was really enjoying this video and now all I can do is look for that spot where the shirring isn't ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  11. A lot of Graphical content flying around on social Media… so much hate in the Air…. black Killing black…. while we wait for our Govt to take ACTION… please let us a moment to pray for our brothers in the face of this diminishing ACT by South Africans #saynotoxenophobia

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