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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 - V

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 .