Summer Crop Tops

This month, I had the opportunity to test out new sewing patterns for Sarah Norwood’s Etsy shop OhhhLuluSews. Sarah is one of my absolute favorite lingerie designers. I own (and have sewn) countless OhhhLulu patterns so I was over the moon to be able to sew a pattern that hadn’t even been released in her shop yet! I had a lot of fun with the pattern she sent me to try out, the Natalie crop top –

This sweet little top is perfect for layering under a loose singlet or overalls. You could sew it a size bigger and wear it over a spaghetti strap dress or use a sultry silk charmeuse fabric and wear it to bed… I liked this pattern so much, I made three tops!

It was such a simple process. It took me about 5 hours to complete all three tops, from cutting out the fabric to sewing the last stitch. It’s the perfect project for beginners at sewing lingerie, since it has only 2 pattern pieces.

My favorite crop top so far is the black one. I sewed it in a soft, medium-weight stretchy cotton from Fleishman’s. It’s perfect for my hot yoga classes! When I work up a sweat in the 90-degree studio, I can bend, crouch, downward dog and salute the sun in style. Here I am modeling the black crop top with my favorite yoga pants from Fabletics.

For any readers that sew – do you sew labels into your me-made garments? If not, how do you differentiate which side of a top is the front or the back? Admittedly, it’s not rocket science with this garment since the neckline of the Natalie crop top is lower than the back of the top. But I wonder how other seamstresses handle this mini conundrum with their finished makes.

Sometimes the fabric shops I get my supplies from give away free tags with their logo on them. Mood Fabrics in NYC, for example, always gives me free clothing labels with my order that say “Made with Mood Fabrics.” I usually throw them out (LOL) but now I’m wondering if it makes sense to use them. Never had a reason to use them before since I don’t usually make tops. But the Natalie crop top has inspired me to sew myself some more summery blouses, tops, and tanks!

For anyone contemplating whether to buy this pattern when it comes out, my advice is to go for it! 😀 I’m even contemplating making this pattern into a swimsuit top. Stay tuned…

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