Making a Crop Top

Making a Crop Top

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Finding a crop top that you can feel comfortable in seems to be an eternal search for so many – so now’s the time to take control and create your own

There is going to be two options in this for you to create – either a crop top with Underbust support and wide straps – perfect for wearing as a replacement bra or to the gym. The other will be a longer vest top with an internal shelf to give you support without a bra. This garment is finished with thinner straps and is perfect for wearing on its own or layering in the cooler months

It's up to you if this garment is created with the intention of being worn as lingerie or outerwear, to the gym or on the beach. Create it with sparkles or plain lycra – we’re sure everyone’s is going to look completely unique by the end

This class is designed to create the perfect top to go with your leggings from either our Basic or Advanced Classes’


Key Takeaway's / Learning's from the class:

 How to measure your body for a pattern and pick the size to use

Tracing off a pattern

Adding new seam allowances

Correct annotations for your pattern pieces

Basic design work and pattern alterations - how to add panels and contrast colours, raise or lower the front and back length

Altering the length of the crop to suit your measurements and preference

Beginning to learn about fabric placement when cutting out and wastage 

Constructing the garment 


Working with elastic for the underband

Finishing techniques to ensure a high-quality garment which will wear well 


Pre-Class Requirements:

  1. Completed the Introductory to Overlocker's class using either your own machine or one of Ariane's


  1. Discussed with Ariane that you have suitable recent experience with a machine to be able to enjoy this class.


What to bring with you:

A notebook

Fabric: Expect to buy 1m of stretch lycra - can be a print, plain or sparkles. Small amounts of contrast fabric if required for detail (approx. 0.3m) between week 1 and 2. During your first session, after creating your pattern Ariane will help you to understand the best type of fabric to bring for the remainder of the course

If you are using your own Overlocker please bring it for week's 2 and 3. You will also need the machine pedal, threads and machine specific needles

If you do not have your own Overlocker - you are welcome to use one of Ariane's - the number of these is limited, so please advise at the time of booking if you will need one so that the class numbers can be arranged correctly - thank you. If you need to use one of these machines please ensure that your fabric needs BLACK threads, as this is what the machines will be set up to use

If you would like information on purchasing an overlocker, please contact Ariane as she will be happy to help you with this


What would you receive:

A finished crop top that fit’s your body

A wider knowledge of how stretch fabrics work 

A pattern that you can go home and re-create 

Overlocker Confidence!


Class Capacity:

Capped at 4 people 


Access to the private 'Sparkle Gang Stitch' Facebook group:


You will be added to the special secret Sparkle Gang Stitch Facebook group - a place where Ariane will be sharing tips and tricks for sewing and secret ideas for how to improve your sewing. Class attendees will be encouraged to share pictures of their makes and share knowledge and ideas. Its a community were growing for the Sewing Revolution! This is the place to have access to Ariane's technical knowledge.


Who can attend?

The classes are operated in a respectful manner and no preferences will be taken over the gender of attendees - everyone is encouraged to take part!

Anyone over the age of 18 due to the use of sewing machines


Class Length:

3 hours x 4 sessions = 12 hours 


Dates and Times of Classes: 

Thursday 9th May - 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Monday 17th June - 10am to 1pm



Classes will be held at Ariane's studio - 18 Dawson Street, Brunswick


Refund and Cancellation Policy:

No Refund applicable, if the class is run again you will be welcome to attend so long as you gave over 48 hours cancellation notice. Not transferable to another person. To run, this class needs a minimum of 4 attendees booked in, if this is not the case 48 hours before the class begins Ariane may be in touch to re-schedule to another date


A final note:

The patterns used and kept as part of this course are authorised to be used at home for domestic use. They are not authorised to be used for commercial garment production. If this is an area you would like help with, please advise Ariane – she will quote accordingly




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