Hot off the sewing machine: Crop top and skirt made from a modified version of Vogue 8184 dress pattern in a cotton “Island Girls” print from Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection.
We were invited to a Hawaiian themed party, and I knew right away that I could make a quick dress or something to wear to the party.
I also knew that the fabric store I most frequent, Mill End Store, carried this fun, colorful printed fabric with big flowers and pin-up girls (and guys too on some fabrics!) that would be perfect for a Hawaiian-themed party, so I picked up two yards and got to work.
I chose Vogue 8184 pattern for the halter strap top and the fact that I have used this pattern twice already to make dresses and knew that the fit was good for me.
As I sewed the bodice and skirt of this pattern, which was a little weird sewing right into the faces and through the bodies of some of these ladies by the way,
I realized that the top was a little short and that I probably should have lengthened the bodice an inch or so before cutting out the pattern. This problem actually had a great solution: why not just make it a crop top and skirt!
Crop tops are so fashionable now, and if I can get the proportions just right and the skirt waist to reach high enough and the top to hit my middle at just the right place (the non-fatty, not too fleshy to show 2″ area only), this could be really cute! So I went for it.
I had some zippers on hand that I got for free at work from our trims department (sometimes I really love my job!), and had two of the same zippers, although one orange and one pink, both the same metal zipper and pull, that would both be perfect for this outfit so I used them for a pop of color and additional interest.
I went forward with the simple straight skirt and made the lining of the bodice using muslin. To finish off the hem of the top, as it would normally be sewn to the top of the skirt to make the dress, I just sewed the hem of the top together to the lining before I finished the back of the top with the zipper, under stitched it, and flipped it right side out giving it a good press after each sewing step.
Then, I essentially hand sewed the zipper into place, folding the outer and the lining into place to make the cleanest finish possible. Then a hook and eye closed the very top of the top.
I also had to cut apart the halter strap and make it about 1 1/2″ smaller to fit around my neck, so I sewed two snaps at a good place to hold the straps closed.
Overall, it turned out to be a really great and fun outfit for the party, plus I can wear the pieces as separates, or on a vacation to Hawaii (hint, hint), and now I can make other crop top and skirt outfits using this method for future fashions.
10 thoughts on “Island Girl Halter Crop Top & Skirt”
How cute is that!! Love what you did to make the fit work – so clever and versatile.
Thanks! It was fun to make, and to wear!
It’s so adorable!
It fits you really nicely, plus you look so fit in the outfit!
Thanks so much! I am going to have to make more of these outfits and wear them often!
Sensational! I love your description of the process… it IS weird sewing through peoples’ faces! Nice job – it and you look fab. 🙂
Thank you LauraJane! I do like to try to have fun when sewing and document some of those great little experiences. Thanks for following me! -Stephanie
You do good work, and choose interesting designs. I cal learn from you!
Thank you! I hope to learn from you as well!
Yes ma’am, Hawaii is in the horizon!! At first glance I couldn’t see the ladies, maybe it’s my phone being so small. But sewing through their faces, I would feel the same. How terrific it is when the project morphs into a totally different design. In this case it was a great success. You look great!!
Thanks Andrea! This was a fun one to make, and to wear!