How to DIY a Cute Twisted Green Bustier Top for Summer

I needed a green bustier top to go with a favorite skirt. I wanted something more than a simple tube of fabric because I didn’t want to wear a bra with it. I came up with this bustier top sewing pattern that is so quick and easy to do that it will take you less than half an hour. 

You need a good quality elastic fabric for this that stretches in both directions. I used a smooth stretch jersey. The measurements I give will fit size 38 European, which is small.

It’s very easy though to increase or decrease the length of the tube for other sizes.

Tools and materials: 

  • Stretch jersey fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Measuring the fabric

1. Cut the fabric

Cut a rectangle of stretch jersey fabric 30 inches (75 cm) long by 14 inches (35 cm) wide.


2. Sew the basic tube

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with the right side inside and sew the long edges together, using a straight stitch.

Keep the fabric smooth and flat as you sew and don’t stretch it.


3. Close the ends of the tube

Turn the tube of fabric right side out.

Sew the short edges from the seam to the fold at each end.

Closing the tube ends

4. Make the twisted front

Lay the tube of fabric flat with the right side out.

Mark the center of the long edge.

Fold the two short ends in so they meet in the center of the tube.

Making the twisted front

With the ends of the fabric touching, move the short edges diagonally apart so they are offset by about one third to one half of their length.

Making the twisted front

Pick up the two edges that are touching each other and hold them together.

Making the twisted front

Wrap the free end nearest to you around the ends from left to right. 

Making the twisted front

Place it behind the other front edge and line up the raw edges. Hold the three layers together.

Making the twisted front

Repeat the movement with the free edge farthest away from you, wrapping it around the end from right to left.

Making the twisted front

Line up the edges with the others.

Hold all four layers together and pin them.


Sew the layers together, stitching outside the previous row.


5. Finishing

Open out the seam from the inside and gently separate the layers.

Twisted green bustier top

Smooth out and arrange the front pleats until the twist becomes apparent.

Twisted green bustier top
Twisted green bustier top

DIY twisted green bustier top

The twist front is so flattering and will shape your bust beautifully. It also works great with a strapless bra, if you prefer to wear one.

I made mine as a crop top but you could easily make the bustier deeper if you don’t want to show as much skin.

Just make you use a good quality stretch fabric so that it fits you well and you’re not worried about it slipping down. If you have a larger bust, you may prefer to add thin shoulder straps.

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