Friday, May 23, 2014

Using Dress and Leotard Patterns to Make Cropped Tops

In our latest collection, we used our ballet leotard pattern to make a cute cropped top for our circle skirts pattern cover. For the ready-to-wear crop top style, we simply cut the front and back pieces to the desired length (measure at side seam and add 1" for hemming), turned it under and topstitched. It's as simple as that!

We often receive requests for cheer patterns, so here is some inspiration for fun long-sleeved cheer crop tops you can make with pattern you might already own.

Scoop Neck cropped top

To make a top like this, simply use our ballet leotard pattern (#3349 View A). Cut it to the desired length, adding an allowance for a wide elastic at the bottom (technique explained in our crop tops pattern instructions).


Off-the-Shoulder Cheer Top

The off-the-shoulder style is very popular in cheerleading! Our skating dress pattern 2913 is an easy way to achieve this look. You can position the straps any way you want or even add a halter top (#3247 - View B) underneath the long sleeve top.

Asymmetrical Cheer Top

The one-sleeved style definitely grabs the attention! Did you know you can use only one layer of the 3136 leotard (View B) to make this? Simply add a band to the opening to make sure it stays in place and add your elastic or band at the bottom.


V-Neck Cropped Top

You can make this basic style using our V-neck leotard pattern (#3136 View A). Simply fold the upper bodice piece at the center front notch and cut the new folded piece on the fold to create a V neckline The tops in this example have a separate band, which you could make using the technique we use for our skirt waistbands

Zip-Front Cheer Top

A not-so-basic top with a little cowgirl / western twist. For a solid top, you could use our zip-front skating dress pattern (#2800 - View A), but for a two-tone top, go with our horsemanship bodysuit pattern (#2677)


Happy sewing!

Friday, May 9, 2014

How to Choose the Right Size When Making a Leotard, Swimsuit or Skating Dress

In an effort to keep all our tutorials in one place, we have moved this blog post to our official website, in the Learn section, under Photo Tutorials.