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Olive Sewalong // Hack Idea – Elastic Hem Cropped Top

Today’s Olive hack is probably my favorite one! Have you noticed the trend lately of elastic, cinched in tops? Either elastic above the bust, or at the waist, or both? Well since the Olive top has an optional cropped length cut line, I thought I would give it a try! It’s actually pretty easy. You don’t have to change anything with construction until you get to the hem – just create a casing and add some elastic!

Want to see how I did it? Let’s go!

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsOk, so like I said, Olive includes a handy dandy cropped length cut line. And yes, it’s cute as-is for a typical cropped blouse. But I found this length still to be perfect, even after turning the hem up 1 3/4″ for an elastic casing.

But of course, check the length for you before you cut. Ideally, you would want the elastic hem to hit you right at your waist after the 1 1/2″ turn-under.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow, I found I needed to add just a bit more to the width, so that I got a nice blouse-y effect.

So lay a piece a paper underneath the front pattern piece, along the side seam, and line up the straight ends of the bottom. Tape in place.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsMeasure over from the side seam, along the bottom edge, 3/4″. (This will add 1 1/2″ inches total in width in the end. You can do less or more, based on how blouse-y you want your blouse to be).

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsMeasure straight up  about 1 – 1 1/4″ perpendicular to the straight hem.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsConnect this point to the waistline with as smooth a curve as possible. I just did this by hand (not very technical, ha).

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen Patterns Cut out the new shape of your front blouse, and repeat with the back pattern piece using the same added measurement.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsConstruct your Olive top exactly as instructed in the pattern booklet (or the sewalong posts). Finish everything except for the bottom hem.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow turn up the hem by 1/2″ towards the inside and press.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn under again by 1 1/4″ and press. Pin in place.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsHow to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew along the the hem, close to the folded edge, leaving a 1.5″ – 2″ opening.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsCut a piece of 1″ elastic that is 2″ shorter than your waistline measurement.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen Patterns How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsAttach your elastic to a safety pin or elastic threader, and insert into to opening that you left in the casing.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsContinue threading all the way around the waist until you come out the other side of the opening.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsOverlap by 1/2″ and zig-zag stitch together (hopefully not as messy as mine, ha).

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsSlide that stitched together elastic back down into the casing.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen Patterns Pin the opening closed, and then stitch across.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow, you could end here! Cute, right? But if you’re worried about the elastic flipping or curling inside the casing, there is one more step you can do…

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsWith your machine set to a straight stitch, stretch the elastic inside the casing and sew a straight line down the middle of the casing, around the entire waistband.

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsTa-da! This is what it looks like now!

How to make an elastic waist cropped top with the Olive top by Megan Nielsen PatternsAnd they fun part? You can actually wear it 2 ways. Either with the elastic out ans showing like in the first photo, or with the elastic tucked under which gives you that perfect “tucked in” look without actually having to tuck your blouse in!

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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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