Four Different DIY Cinched Tops

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1 Hour
Easy

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!

Tools and materials:

  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine
DIY cinched top

Make a front cinched top 

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. 

Sew on the elastic


To sew on the elastic, I used a zig-zag stitch. The trick is to stretch the elastic from both ends as you sew. 

Cinched


I love this center cinched look! This piece is now the perfect causal top I have been needing!

Cinched tank top

Make a side cinched top 

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. 

Sew on the strip


I went ahead and sewed the strip over the side seam. 

Cut a tie


Using the scrap fabric from the spare T-shirt, I cut a long strip and stretched it out to make a tie. 

Use a safety pin


I made a small loop in the tie and attached a safety pin to the loop. 

Thread the tie


I used the safety pin to help me thread the tie through the channel I had created along the side seam of the top, 

How to make a cinched 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.  

Cinched crop top


This is an amazing cinched crop top that is so easy to make! 

Cut the circle

Make a circle cinched top 

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. 

Turn over the edges


I then turned the cut edges over and stitched a tube. 

Stretch the tie


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. 

Thread the tie through


Next, I attached a safety pin to the end of the tie and thread it through the tube I had made on the top. 

Suggested materials:

  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
  • Pins
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1 comment
  • Itsmemic
    Itsmemic
    on Dec 15, 2020

    these are awesome ! LOVE the last one !! You are quite the seamstress !!!

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