Refashioned Dress Into An Open Backed Crop Top

Caley Vitella
by Caley Vitella
1 Material
3 Hours

I've had this damaged dress that no longer fits sitting in the back of my closet for ages. When I was asked to test this gorgeous Bathurst Top sewing pattern from Stitch Witch, I thought- why not use it as fabric instead? I unpicked the entire dress and was able to reuse it for this beautiful top with enough scraps left over to make an adorable scrunchie and matching face mask! I love how the finished product came out and the fact that it's environmentally (and budget!) friendly makes it all the more wonderful!

To read my full sewing pattern review and to find out more about what size I made and where to find the sewing pattern, check out the blog post here.

The Bathurst is a top pattern for light to medium-weight fabrics with a gorgeous open back that ties at the waist. Not only was this top my very first pattern test, but it was also my very first refashion!

I bought this damaged rayon dress from Lucky Brand years ago and had always intended to fix the torn button closure...but after having my daughter 3 years ago, it wasn't even close to fitting by the time I got back around to it. After a couple of days unpicking the seams, I was able to use it to cut out my pattern pieces and give it new life.

Because I made this in lightweight rayon fabric, I made sure to interface on the facing pieces for a little extra support. I love how breezy and dreamy this piece is, especially with the tie detail in the back.

Can we just talk about the open back for a second? Hello, Gorgeous! I am crazy in love with the look, and with the fact that I can show off some skin without feeling overexposed or like something I want to keep hidden is going to accidentally slip out. I think the higher neckline in the front helps to keep this top sexy, yet sophisticated.

I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone looking for a quick or beginner-friendly sew with a design element that's out-of-the-box and just plain cool. If hot girl summer makes a reappearance in 2021, this top will definitely be included. Also, I just realized I have no clue what the hell "hot girl summer" even means...but you know what I'm talking about, right?

Happy making!




PATTERN:  The Bathurst Top  by  Stitch Witch Patterns

FABRIC: Rayon refashioned from a Lucky Brand dress

SIZE: I made a size 14, which ran true to size. My measurements are:

Bust: 37.5″

Waist: 31″

Hips: 40″

Suggested materials:
  • The Bathurst Top Sewing Pattern   (Stitch Witch Patterns)

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