How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top

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Lightweight lace works especially well on warm and sunny days, making it a natural choice for summer fashion projects. Most lace fabrics are made with a beautiful scalloped edge that is just as intricate as the lace itself. To incorporate scalloped edge lace into your look, try this simple sewing project for a fun and flirty top. It's the perfect piece for the beach, the pool or your next festival getaway.

Festival season is the best time to rock lace crop tops.
Festival season is the best time to rock lace crop tops. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Things You'll Need

  • Strapless jersey bra
  • Lace (at least 1 1/2 yards)
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Straight pins
Use lace fabric with a scalloped edge.
Use lace fabric with a scalloped edge. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 1

Place the jersey bra on top of the lace. The distance from the bottom of the bra to the scalloped edge determines the final length of your crop top. This project measures 13 inches from the bra to the edge.

Unfold the lace and place the bra on top of it.
Unfold the lace and place the bra on top of it. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 2

Cut the lace around the bra. Add at least 5 inches on each side and 2 inches on top.

Cut a piece of lace wider than the bra.
Cut a piece of lace wider than the bra. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 3

Using this piece as a pattern, cut three additional segments of lace.

Cut around the first piece three more times.
Cut around the first piece three more times. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 4

Layer two lace pieces together. Along the top, make two consecutive 1-inch folds and pin in place.

Fold the top edge twice.
Fold the top edge twice. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 5

Sew across the fold.

Stitch the fold to keep it in place.
Stitch the fold to keep it in place. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 6

Place the lace on top of the jersey bra. Position the lace 3 inches past the left side of the bra. The extra length of lace on the right side allows you to create ruffles.

The extra length of lace will be used to create ruffles.
The extra length of lace will be used to create ruffles. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 7

Remove the case near the bobbin compartment of your sewing machine. It is easier to sew garments without this case.

Make your sewing project a bit easier by removing the case near the bobbin compartment.
Make your sewing project a bit easier by removing the case near the bobbin compartment. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 8

Sew the lace to the bra. Using your right hand, lightly pull the bra's elastic as you sew. Pulling the elastic creates a ruffled effect.

Create a ruffled effect.
Create a ruffled effect. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 9

Pull the elastic band of the jersey bra to make sure the ruffled lace stretches properly.

The ruffled lace should stretch with the bra.
The ruffled lace should stretch with the bra. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 10

Turn the bra over. With the last two pieces of lace, repeat Steps 4 through 9 to add lace to the back of the bra.

Add lace to the back side of the jersey bra.
Add lace to the back side of the jersey bra. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 11

Flip both lace panels above the bra so that the "front" sides of the lace meet. Add pins along each side. The pins should line up with the bra's side seams.

Pin both layers of lace together.
Pin both layers of lace together. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

Step 12

Sew down each side.

Sew the lace to complete your crop top.
Sew the lace to complete your crop top. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

More Tips for Making a Scalloped Lace Crop Top

Use a jersey bra in the same color family as the lace. Soft, thin lace works best for this project, as it is more comfortable to wear than stiff lace.

Choose a bra and lace in the same color family.
Choose a bra and lace in the same color family. (Image: How to Make a Scalloped Lace Crop Top)

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