How to Make a Cute DIY Scoop Back Top Out of an Old Romper

Your Girl Maeia
by Your Girl Maeia
6 Materials
3 Hours

Rompers are a cute summer wardrobe piece, but if you have too many of them, you can turn your least favorite into a scoop back top. Follow along to learn the thrift flip way to sew your own DIY scoop back top that you can wear with any bottom piece in your summer collection. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Old romper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Cutting the romper at the waistline

1. Disassemble the romper

Cut your romper horizontally at the waistline, keeping the elastic waist with the bottom half of the romper.

The top of the romper will become your scoop-back top bodice and the bottom of the romper will be used to make the sleeves.

Cutting out the lining from the romper

2. Make the sleeves

Cut the lining out of the romper bottom so you have just the outside fabric to work with.

Cutting across the center of the crotch

Cut across the center of the romper crotch to open the bottom.

Cutting open the side seams

Cut open both side you have two pieces of fabric.

Cutting out the elastic

Then, cut off the elastic from both pieces and save it for later.

Shaping the sleeves

3. Shape the sleeves

Lay the sleeve pieces one on top of the other. Now, use the armhole from the romper top as your pattern in the position shown in the above image. 

Tracing the armhole

Trace the armhole of the top onto sleeve fabric.

Cutting along the armhole line

Cut along the armhole line through all layers of your top fabric. Make sure to then cut off the extra little end of fabric that was the romper crotch.

Fitting the crop top sleeve and bodice together

Here is how the crop top sleeve and bodice will fit together.

Attaching the sleeves to the bodice

4. Attach sleeves to the bodice

Pin the sleeves to the bodice, and then sew the sleeves in place on the bodice armhole.

Marking the sleeves

Try on the top and mark the sleeves at the length you would like them on the finished top. 

Measuring the sleeves

Measure and mark both sleeves for your cut line, to make sure they match.

Sewing the sleeves

Cut and hem the sleeves.

Sewing the elastic

5. Add elastic to the scoop neck

Sew the elastic from the romper bottom to the inside of the scoop neck, stretching the elastic to fit the neckline and shirring the elastic to the fabric.

Cutting strips of fabric

From your leftover romper fabric, cut four equal sized strips. 

Sewing the strips to make straps

Fold and sew each strip into a strap. Cut one of the straps in half.

Attaching the straps to the top

Pin the two short straps in a V-shape to the inside of the top from the center front neckline to the inner front shoulder, cutting those straps to the appropriate length.

Pin the other three straps horizontally to the inside of the top, across the scooped back, cutting them to the appropriate length as well.

Sewing the straps to the top

Sew the straps in place.

DIY scoop back top from the front

Here is how the front of the top looks.

DIY scoop back top from the back

Here is the back! The straps really give this top a unique look and help hold it in place when you’re wearing it.

DIY scoop back top tutorial

What a great way to flip an unused summer romper into a stylish new scoop-back top. Leave a comment to let me know if you tried making this scoop-back top and how it turned out. Thanks for joining!

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  • Old romper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
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