DIY Cropped Varsity Top

pile of sports luxe fabric with mesh and patent leather

Crop it like it’s hot

Got that plain oversized T-shirt hanging around that you don’t know what to do with? Lets get making something with it!


Mesh fabric, silver fabric (any soft fun fabrics really), fabric scissors, ruler, measuring tape, pins, waistband elastic, paper and pencil, sewing machine, needle and thread, mini safety pins, a big flat table surface.


1 – Pop the T-shirt on and tuck it up to your desired crop length. Safety pin it there and then mark the boundaries of where you want your varsity letters to sit with more safety pins. Take it off and lay your t-shirt flat.

2 – Using a ruler, mark where you want the length of your top to be. Add an extra inch and a half which you’ll use to fold your top over and thread elastic inside and cut along the ruler edge. If you have big boobs, you might like to add a little more length at the front of your top!

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3 – Roll the end of the top over by a centimetre and then again by an inch and pin. Using your machine, stitch around the edge to make a tube at the bottom of your top. Make sure to leave a couple of centimetres unstitched by the side of your top so that you can thread in your elastic! You can hand stitch this back up at the end!

4 – Pop the top back on and mark where you want to cut the elastic. stitch the ends firmly with a sewing machine and then stitch the hem up again.

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5 – Find yourself some numbers! Draw your numbers on to paper and then cut them out. Use the paper as a template on the fabric you wan to use. Pin the layers together and then cut them out. For a double later effect, just take the top layer fabric, pin it to the bottom layer fabric and cut out. Either machine or hand stitch the fabric layers together (depending on the type of fabric and whether your machine likes to chomp through it!)

6 – Place your fabric numbers to your top within the pinned boundaries you set  and pin securely. Don’t forget to try the top on again one last time! Stitch the numbers to the front of your top using your machine and then hold up your top with pride.

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Ta Da!

23 varsity crop top DIY

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Top – DIY from a Boohoo T-shirt / Jeans – Just Female / Watch – Limit / Cap – Similar from Missguided / Trainers – Nike / Necklace – Topshop

If you like this DIY, bookmark my last DIY for the festive season!


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  • Zsuzsi August 14, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    yey, I love the number 23 (I was born on the 23rd) and also have a T-shirt with the number on it! a good idea for a diy! 🙂 xx

  • Margaret Dallospedale August 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Amazing DIY
    Love your creativeness!
    So cool
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary

  • Comtesse Sofia August 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    This post is really great, love the diy tuto!!
    My blog is also about tutorial but for hairstyles, don’t hesitate to take a look 😉
    Comtesse Sofia

  • Hailey August 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    I just found your blog and I really like that your fashion choices are interesting! I feel like so many fashion blogs are just so similar, so I’m really enjoying how fun your clothes are.
    Also I saw a picture of you in a kind of furry leopard print jacket and I’ve been searching your blog for it, but I haven’t seen it! I’ve been looking for a jacket like that for so long so I was wondering where you got it?

  • Cindy (peeintothewind) August 12, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    This is a super cute idea! None of my T-shirts are blank, so I’ve just been cutting them into muscle shirts instead. If I ever finally have a blank T-shirt, I’ll definitely check out this DIY post again.