How to Make a Cute DIY Cowl Neck Crop Top For Summer & Beyond

BG Patterns
by BG Patterns
9 Materials
2 Hours

Want to know how to make the perfect DIY cowl neck top? I’m here to take you through this step-by-step guide on how to sew a cowl neck top with this easy cowl neck top pattern.

This is a lovely addition to your DIY projects and looks absolutely chic and flawless when worn. It’s also great for summer and can be worn alone or styled with a blazer or top. Let’s start!

Tools and materials:

Straps tied at the top

Straps over the shoulder

Straps crossed at the back

Strap adjustments

I did a few adjustments to this pattern, as explained at the beginning of the video. One of these adjustments was making the straps longer so you can place the straps in different ways; tying them around your neck as a halter top or sewing them as regular straight straps across your shoulders. The choice is yours, just make sure they’re long. 

Cutting out the pattern

1. Cut out the fabric

Make notches at the bottom of the main bodice. Make one center notch and two notches on either side of the central notch. Next, go ahead and cut out the pattern on your desired fabric.

Pinning the side seams

2. Sew the sides

Open up your fabric piece and fold its right sides facing. Cut the pattern on the fold and pin down the fabric, so it doesn’t move when cutting. 

How to sew slippery fabric

Next, sew a ½” seam allowance on both sides. I struggled to sew with this slippery fabric, so I took my time here to be extra cautious. 

Flip the fabric to the right sides and pop the sides out using an object with a blunt edge. I used my scissors for this. 

Pressing the fabric

3. Iron the DIY cowl neck top

Iron out the fabric, especially at the edges. This will make the next step more manageable, so don’t skip this! 

Making pleats at the bottom

4. Make the bottom pleats

Make pleats using the notches at the bottom. Fold the outer notch to the one next to it., ensuring they are both aligned. Then, pin it down. 

Pinning the pleats

Do the same to the other side. You won’t use the center notch for anything; it’s just there as a guide. This is what you should have; two pleats on either side of the center notch.

Sew the pleats with a ¼“ seam allowance.  

Making the waist strap

5. Make the waist strap

The waist strap should be cut as one piece on fold. But, if you don’t have a long piece of fabric, you can cut two just as I did. Then, sew both pieces together by the short ends and cut the notches for the center and side seam allowance.

Tip: When cutting the fabric for the strap, ensure it’s cut on the grain line and not the bias. This way it won’t be slippery when attaching to the main bodice piece. I cut one strap on the grain line and one on the bias, which was harder to sew since it was so stretchy. 

Pressing the waist strap

Fold the strap in half and iron it. 

Folding in the edges and pressing

Fold the edges using a ½“ seam allowance and iron on both sides. 

Attaching the waistband to the bodice

6. Attach both pieces

Aligning the center of both pieces and pin. The bottom edge of the main bodice should be sandwiched between the strap. Continue pinning the strap along the bodice, then sew.

Making straps for the DIY cowl neck crop top

7. Make the straps 

Cut the two strap pieces following the pattern provided. Fold each strap right sides facing and sew the edges with a ¼“ seam allowance. 

Turning the straps right sides out

Next, use a loop turner to turn the straps right sides out. You can use a hair or safety pin if you don’t have a loop turner. However, remember that this is a thin spaghetti strap; a loop turner would work better as a safety pin may not pass through easily. 

Pressing the straps

Iron the straps. 

Attaching the straps to the top

8. Attach the straps

You can attach the straps to the DIY cowl neck top using one of two methods. The first is to hand stitch the end on the top’s wrong side using a needle and thread.

The other method I’m doing is using good-quality fabric glue. For this, put a generous amount of the fabric glue on the wrong side of the top, and press the strap’s end for a couple of seconds. 

Tip: If you use fabric glue, let the glue dry for a couple of hours.

How to make a DIY cowl neck crop top

For the other end of the top, push in the frayed raw edge and either hand stitch or glue it down. 

DIY cowl neck crop top

DIY cowl neck crop top tutorial

Your DIY cowl neck top is ready and good to go! How lovely is the design? I hope you took some inspiration from the backless cowl neck top tutorial and that you will make one of your own!

Leave a comment below and tell me what you think of this DIY; I’d love to hear your feedback. 

Suggested materials:
  • 1-yard fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Loop turner
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