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Crop tops are all the rage right now in fashion, and the only thing better than a crop top is a crop top with matching high waisted skirt! I know I am seeing this style everywhere from the runway, to the street and on many celebrities. Since I really wanted to make a two piece dress (crop top and skirt), I documented all my drafting steps using our new fitted dress sloper as my base pattern. Check it out, and easily make one for yourself!

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I had this polka dot spandex lying around (meant to be made into a bikini) but since summer is almost over (really?) I decided to extend my polka dot fabric into a garment that I can wear a little longer outside after summer is over. As soon as I knew I wanted to make a two piece dress I instantly reached for this spandex and knew that the style of the garment and fabric would be perfectly cute together. So once I had my fabric and fitted dress sloper together I was ready to draft and show you how to make a crop top from scratch and matching high waisted skirt!

Formula: crop top + high waisted skirt = two piece dress!

drafting one

I originally thought I would use our basic bodice and skirt slopers, but very soon realized that a dress sloper would be much easier and more accurate to use. First off, I knew that my fabric was super stretchy so I went down 2 sizes from what I normally sew in woven fabrics.

The first line that I drew was 1" above the waist level line indicated on the paper pattern at center front, and 1 1/4" up from waist level notch at side seam. Then I drew another parallel line 1 1/2" inches up from the first. The space between those two lines (1 1/2") represents the gap from the top of the skirt to the hem of the crop top. The more space the more skin you see, and vice versa. I thought a 1 1/2" gap was a good amount between the top and skirt.

drafting two

At this point you can literally trace out the top and skirt to those lines, but I wanted to convert the darts in the top and skirt into princess seam lines. I wanted to do this mainly because I was sewing this garment in spandex and I don’t like darts in spandex.

When separately tracing off the top and skirt from the dress sloper you need to plan and think of how to finish the edges. I suggest a regular hem for the top and a facing for the top edge of the skirt.

To convert the darts in the top to seam lines, I simply extended the line of the waist dart to resemble a princess seam style and I made sure that the curve also touched the dart tip of the side seam dart. Then for the skirt I just drew a line parallel to center front extending down from dart tip.

drafting three

Next was to trace off the various sections of my top. For the side piece I traced from my size line of the waist dart leg closest to the side seam to the dart leg closest to the hem. My side seam dart tip is now a pivot point and I rotated my tracing paper to close the dart. Then I traced the remainder of the piece to my princess seam line.

For the center from panel of my crop top I just traced from the dart leg closest to center from and up my princess seam line. At this point I also established a lower neckline, you could make it any neckline such as a V or even a sweetheart.

drafting four

For the skirt panels, much like the top I traced from each dart leg to my middle style line. For the skirt once I separated the panels and added seam allowance I labeled ‘Cut 2’ for the center front and back panels and ‘Cut 4’ for the side panels. Since I was sewing my two piece dress in spandex I knew it would be ok to have the same pieces for the front and back skirt.

drafting five

The back top was a little easier since the back doesn’t have a side seam dart. To make sure it sews to the front top correctly I measured the side seam length of the front top and the shoulder line extension. I repeated the steps of draw in a princess line and separating the panels.

I added 3/4" of allowance on the top and skirt hem as well as the top of the skirt. On panel and side seams I added 1/4" and then on the armhole and neckline I added 3/8"


The sewing of this two piece dress was super simple, and I loved how it turned out! Next time I make a two piece dress I will for sure sew it in woven and possibly make the top have long sleeves. This variation is so cute and great for day or night time fun. I like the look of this dainty garment paired with an edgy leather jacket, and I also see this garment being super interchangeable with my wardrobe. I have a cut off ripped pair of denim high waisted shorts that are screaming to be paired with this polka dot top!

Check out more photography of my two piece dress here.

Happy sewing!



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    Jun 13, 2015, 05.51 AMby Meilsamujio

    Two piece dress is really nice i never tried. because i felt that it will look weird on me. But know after reading your bog i have some sprite to wear this dress. terminator 5

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    Aug 31, 2014, 04.21 PMby Mokara

    Very nice. I’ve been wanting to make this, but I keep postponing, then I thought maybe it’s too late – but it seems like it is still on trend, so I’ll put that on my list to do next.

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    Aug 31, 2014, 01.55 AMby alekat

    oh i really want to do this! thank you for this tutorial. My vision is for a looser version, to sit just above the skirt waist band so that when i move you get a peek of skin! Also that way i cant stand in front of family and look ok… haha

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    Aug 27, 2014, 04.20 PMby cashmerette

    Nice! I made a crop top recently and I love it:


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      Aug 29, 2014, 04.41 PMby MegH

      Ohhh that’s super cute. I love the coral color and the skirt!!

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    Aug 27, 2014, 03.17 PMby turtlegirl00

    this is fabulous!

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      Aug 29, 2014, 04.41 PMby MegH


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    Aug 27, 2014, 10.54 AMby nrobson

    Love the idea of a two piece dress, its on my list!

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      Aug 29, 2014, 04.41 PMby MegH

      Awesome, and me too! You can wear as a dress and/or separates… genius, haha.

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      Aug 31, 2014, 07.33 AMby nrobson

      terrific idea alright, love it x

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