DIY a Super Cute Crop Top and Ruched Skirt Two-Piece

Ram's DIY
by Ram's DIY
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I had an old duster that I knew I was never going to wear again. I decided to refashion it into a totally gorgeous two-piece that has become a closet favorite! I absolutely adore my new crop top and ruched skirt and they were both so easy to make. If you want to learn how to DIY this stunning set for yourself, this tutorial is definitely for you! Follow my step-by-step guide and get started on this amazing DIY.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
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Cut the fabric

To get started on this amazing crop top, I started by removing the sleeves from the old duster. 

Cut the shoulder seams

Next, I turned the shirt inside out and cut open the two shoulder seams and the side seams. I was left with two pieces of the fabric and I couldn’t wait to start creating! 

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Draw the top

Using a ruler, measuring tape, and a piece of tailor’s chalk I started drawing out the shape of my crop top on the piece of fabric. 

Cut out the top
Cut out the crop top

Once I had drawn the shape I wanted, I pinned along my markings. I then got out my scissors and started cutting the fabric. I couldn’t wait to see how this crop top would turn out! 

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With the basic shape already cut out, I made sure to cut at the neckline to get the exact look I wanted for my new top. 

Sew the shoulder seams
Sew the crop top

I then sewed the side seams and shoulder seams together. 

Hem the neckline

To get the perfect finish on my top, I made sure to hem the neckline included the inner edge of the straps. 

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Add sleeves

I cut open the seams on the sleeves of the original duster. 

Sew on the sleeves

I folded the sleeves, right sides together, and placed them next to the armholes of the crop top. When they were perfectly positioned, I sewed them on. 

Sew closed the sleeves

With the sleeves sewed on, I pinned their seams back together and hopped back over to my sewing machine to sew the sleeves closed. 

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Sew at the neckline

For the final step of this stunning top, I wanted to create a slightly more fitted look in the front. I hand sewed at the center neckline, gathering the fabric. 

Trace a skirt
Trace around a skirt

To get started on making the stunning matching ruched skirt, I used a skirt I already owned as a pattern. 

Cut the skirt
Cut the fabric

With my markings and pins in place, I started cutting out my fabric.

Sew the sides
Sew the side seams

I made sure that my fabric was right sides together and then I sewed the two side seams of the skirt. 

Cut fabric strips
Create the ruching

Next, I needed to cut a few strips of fabric. I folded over a spare piece and cut 4 long strips and two shorter, rectangular ones. 

Fold the fabric strip

I folded the longer strips in half and sewed along the long edge. 

Turn right side out

Using a stick, I turned the strips right side out. 

Sew down the fabric

I folded the skirt so that the side seams were in the center. I placed one long strip on each side of the seam and then covered it with the rectangular piece of fabric. Once I had pinned the pieces in place, I made sure to sew them down. The pieces of strip left hanging out the bottom of the skirt would make the ruched effect. 

Draw darts
Add darts

To create the perfect fit for my new skirt, I drew two darts. I folded and pinned along my marking and then sewed the darts. 

The last thing I had to do was hem the waistline of the skirt to give it a gorgeous finish. 

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I am totally obsessed with this crop top and ruched skirt two-piece! How would you accessorize this amazing outfit? Let me know in the comments below!

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