DIY a Cute Cross Back Blouse

by TrendyEby
8 Materials
3 Hours

The cross back design is so trendy right now! In my tutorial, I show you how to make a cross back blouse in just a few simple steps. With a couple of adjustments to a basic bodice pattern, you will be wearing this gorgeous blouse in no time.

Tools and materials:

  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Hip curve
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric
Cross back tank top

Adjust the pattern 

For the first adjustment that I made to my front bodice pattern, I added 2 inches to the bottom of the side seam. I then took my hip curve and connected that new point to the center front.

Cut out the front piece

Once I had connected the line, I cut it out. 

Adjust the back pattern

For the back bodice pattern piece, I once again, extended the side seam by 2 inches. I then moved to the bottom center back and made a marking 4 inches from the edge.

Extend downward

From that four-inch marking, I came down by 5 inches and made another marking. 

Draw a curve

I connected my two new markings with a straight line and then used my hip curve to connect the 5 Inch marking to my 2-inch side seam extension. 

DIY cross back tank top

Before making any more adjustments, I cut out the pattern. 

Use a ruler

Once I had cut out the back pattern, I took a ruler and connected the shoulder to the 4-inch marking I made before. 

Adjust the neckline

From the center back neckline, I marked 1 inch down, I then used my hip curve to draw a line from the shoulder seam to the opposite armhole cutting through the 1-inch marking I had just made. 

Criss cross open back tank top

Cut out the pattern 

I grabbed my pair of scissors and cut along that curved line to create a new neckline. 

Cut along the line

While I was cutting I also cut the line I had extended earlier and the new curve on the hemline. 

Tank top with cross back

Sew the blouse

I decided to use a very soft, yellow chiffon fabric. I cut the front piece on the fold and two back pieces. I laid out the front piece and placed one of the back pieces on it. 

Line up the pieces

I then took the other back piece and crossed it over creating the perfect cross back that I wanted for the new blouse. Working with chiffon can be a little difficult because it is so light so if you choose to work with a different fabric it might be a little easier. 

Pin the seams

I pinned the shoulder and side seams in preparation for sewing. 

Add binding

To finish off the raw edges of the blouse, I decided to add some fabric as a binding to the edges of the blouse. I sewed it on and then turned the shirt right side out and topstitched. All that was left to do was sew where I had pinned and hem the bottom to get a nice, clean finish. 

Cross back tank top pattern

There you have it! A gorgeous cross back blouse in just a few simple steps! What fabric would you use for this project? 

Suggested materials:
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Hip curve
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  • Danita Danita on Feb 21, 2021

    This is fabulous, many wows to you!

    I have 5 bolts of chiffon fabric in different colors. Now I know what to do with it all.

  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on May 08, 2021

    Very pretty top !! I love it but I don't care to sew with chiffon or any other kind of silky type of material did an awesome job on the top.....thanks for sharing your sewing skills with us !!!