Tools and materials:
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
I have been seeing a lot of cinched clothing pieces and I decided to try a few cinching styles myself. I took four tops that I had sitting in my closet and transformed them using different cinching techniques. All the tops turned out perfectly! I Love these cinched looks!
For this first style, I turned the top inside out. I cut a small piece of elastic and pinned it vertically along the middle of the top. I pinned one end to the bottom of the top and the other just under the neckline, stretching it in order to pin it on.
To sew on the elastic, I used a zig-zag stitch. The trick is to stretch the elastic from both ends as you sew.
I love this center cinched look! This piece is now the perfect causal top I have been needing!
For the second top, I actually used a spare T-shirt to help me out. I cut two strips from the spare T-shirt to add to the side seams of the top.
I went ahead and sewed the strip over the side seam.
Using the scrap fabric from the spare T-shirt, I cut a long strip and stretched it out to make a tie.
I made a small loop in the tie and attached a safety pin to the loop.
I used the safety pin to help me thread the tie through the channel I had created along the side seam of the top,
Once the tie was in, I separated the two sides and put one stitch down the center. After checking that this awesome cinch technique works, I went ahead and did the same on the other side.
This is an amazing cinched crop top that is so easy to make!
For the third top, I decided to create a circle cinch. First, I had to figure out which way I wanted to cinch it. I then cut out the circle shape from the shirt and made an opening for the tie.
I then turned the cut edges over and stitched a tube.
I cut off the excess of the top to make a tie. I stretched out the strip until it was as long as I needed for the tie.
Next, I attached a safety pin to the end of the tie and thread it through the tube I had made on the top.
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