I have been seeing a lot of cinched clothing pieces and I decided to try a few cinching styles myself. I took four tops that I had sitting in my closet and transformed them using different cinching techniques. All the tops turned out perfectly! I Love these cinched looks!
Four Different DIY Cinched Tops
Tools and materials:
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
Make a front cinched top
For this first style, I turned the top inside out. I cut a small piece of elastic and pinned it vertically along the middle of the top. I pinned one end to the bottom of the top and the other just under the neckline, stretching it in order to pin it on.
To sew on the elastic, I used a zig-zag stitch. The trick is to stretch the elastic from both ends as you sew.
I love this center cinched look! This piece is now the perfect causal top I have been needing!
Make a side cinched top
For the second top, I actually used a spare T-shirt to help me out. I cut two strips from the spare T-shirt to add to the side seams of the top.
I went ahead and sewed the strip over the side seam.
Using the scrap fabric from the spare T-shirt, I cut a long strip and stretched it out to make a tie.
I made a small loop in the tie and attached a safety pin to the loop.
I used the safety pin to help me thread the tie through the channel I had created along the side seam of the top,
Once the tie was in, I separated the two sides and put one stitch down the center. After checking that this awesome cinch technique works, I went ahead and did the same on the other side.
This is an amazing cinched crop top that is so easy to make!
Make a circle cinched top
For the third top, I decided to create a circle cinch. First, I had to figure out which way I wanted to cinch it. I then cut out the circle shape from the shirt and made an opening for the tie.
I then turned the cut edges over and stitched a tube.
I cut off the excess of the top to make a tie. I stretched out the strip until it was as long as I needed for the tie.
Next, I attached a safety pin to the end of the tie and thread it through the tube I had made on the top.
I then went ahead and hemmed the bottom of the top to give it a nice clean finish.
I also decided to remove the pocket of the T-shirt.
This is definitely one of my favorite pieces now! Adore this circle cinched top!
Make a tied center cinched top
For the next cinched top, I took a tight white turtleneck I had and cut it to make a V-neck.
I then went ahead and sewed a lettuce hem on the cuffs of the sleeves and on the neckline. I love a good lettuce hem and even though it was a risk, I decided to go for it. To learn how to do a lettuce hem, check out this video.
To create the cinch for this top, I used the exact same method I had used before to make the side cinches. I sewed a tube on the inside of the shirt, down the center using fabric from the turtleneck. I then sewed a seam down the center between the two sides of the tie that I put through the tube. I took in some fabric from the sides of the top and sewed a lettuce hem at the bottom.
I am obsessed with these cinched tops! Which style do you like best? Let me know in the comments!
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
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