Easy cropped-top hack

Hi all, hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather.

With Spring (or should I say Summer?) weather finally finding its way to London I realised that I am in need of some basic tops. A while ago I have purchased a Tilly & The Buttons Agnes Top pattern, so I thought it would be a nice idea to hack this pattern to differentiate my tops a little bit. Who wants the same boring tee in the closet, right?

For my first Agnes, I decided to go with a slightly cropped version, straight low-high hem and a little slit on the side.

Pattern alternation

As you trace the front and the back pattern pieces ensure you also copy all necessary markings.



It is up to you now how cropped you want your Agnes to be, but for me I decided to shorten the hem by 7cm on the front and 6 cm on the back. This 1 cm difference creates a high-low step hem. It is important that your newly drafted hem lines are 90 degrees from the centre back and front. This will ensure a nice straight hem line.

If like me, you want your cropped top to be more loose then you can re-draw the side seams curve. How much you do this depends on your preferences and taste. If you like more boxy look, just draw a straight line from armhole to hem.



The last step is to mark the point where the side slit starts. As it is a cropped top I chose a small slit of around 2 cm. Keep in mind the hem seam allowance when you mark you opening.


Once you are happy with the final design go ahead and make your hacked Agnes top.

This is how it turned out…




High -low hem is looking good. Hmmmmm maybe I should make it more dramatic next time… What do you think?





I took it for a spin on my recent visit to Disneyland in Paris and it was perfect!



Hope this simple hack inspires you to re-use your old patterns.

~till next time~


Marigold by Tilly & The Buttons

Marigold dungaree

It is nearly end of the month, so it is time for another #sewmystyle2018 project reveal. In the last few day Spring has finally arrived to United Kingdom, so April’s pattern seams like a perfect match.

It is a Tilly & the Buttons’ Marigold Jumpsuit pattern.


The pattern calls for a light or medium weight drapey fabrics and I have used a poly crepe de chine in plain black color that I had in my stash. It was lovely to work with however I did not have nearly enough for the full length trousers I wanted to make.

This time I have ordered printed pattern, because I have a lot of study this month and did not want to waste time gluing “million” of pages together (a little exaggeration hihihi, but this is how sometimes it feels). The pattern arrived in the next 2 days, and I started to trace the pieces right away.

Pattern adjustments

After making a mock up I decided that need to shorten around the hip area by 3 cm. I used the shorten/ lengthen lines on the pattern to be my guide and marked it on both front and back pattern pieces.

Next, I have cut and stick the pattern pieces closing the 3 cm gap and then re-drafted the crotch curve.

I have done a similar adjustment to a pocket pieces.

I decided to shave off 15mm from the waist going to nothing to reduce the excess fabric. If you have to go between sizes make sure you do the same adjustment for all pattern pieces, here it is a back piece, pocket piece and a waist band piece.

To add a little “originality” to my Marigold I have traced off the top front CLEO pattern and used extended CLEO strap pattern to accommodate for a longer straps and re-used the same pattern for a belt.

My Marigold

I absolutely love the final look!!! This will be my new favorite outfit to go to the park and have a picnic 🙂


Having a belt adds a little character to this piece and in my opining it looks great with the pockets and a top-stitched front pleats.


Back crossed straps also ensure that I do not have to worry about them falling down if I decide to be more active.

Unintended color matching in the picture hihihi

Sunny top and my new Marigold form quite a comfortable outfit.

Now it is time to pack my blue blanket, get some ice-cream and enjoy the sun in the park 🙂

~How is your Marigold???~

Monika xxx