DIY Faux Leather Racerback Crop Top

I was bored with my life again last night that I decided to make something for myself. It’s been more than a month since I last sewed something and I missed doing it. Been catching up on Project Runway episodes, too, and I got really inspired by the contestants’ designs.

I wanted to do something simple, not too ambitious, so I chose something from my Fashionary sketching notebookβ€”a racerback crop top. I bought this faux leather at the Fabric Warehouse for 250php a yard. I bought 2 yards because I’m planning on doing lots of stuff with it. This is only the first.

Anyway, here are the things you’re going to need:

fabric (1/2 to 1 yard)

pattern paper


black thread

measuring tape

needle (if you plan on hand sewing)

sewing machine (if available)


Next is to make a pattern that looks like this. The left photo is the left side of the front top. The length of the top depends on how long you want it. I wanted a 16-inch top and added 1 inch for the hem. My bust size is 32 so I estimated I needed 10 inches, 0.5 inch seam included. This measurement was actually quite big and I had to remove one inch on each side for it to fit perfectly. I measured 3 inches for the shoulder with 0.5 inch seam included on both sides and on top.

Please note that this is a pattern I made based on my measurements, you will have to add or deduct some inches to fit your body.

After making your pattern, fold your fabric lengthwise with the fold facing you, as shown, and cut.


This is how they should look like after cutting.


Next is to sew the shoulder. Flip the fabric, with right sides facing each other. You can also hand sew this if you don’t have a sewing machine.


Then sew the waist.


Afterwards, I would recommend fitting your top to check if the breast part is not too loose. In my case it was, so I had to make a seam to make it fit. To do this, measure 4 inches from the armpits and 7 inches from the highest point of the shoulder. Mark the point where they meet…


And from that point, draw a small right triangle, then pin it. And sew that area, as shown below:


Next, hemming. It is optional, but if you want a more polished output, then by all means hem away. πŸ™‚


This is how your crop top should look after. Trimmed the back a bit to make the cross look more pronounced. And yes, I will definitely wear this on my next OOTD post.


What do you think of the outcome? If you have any questions, feel free to comment below! πŸ™‚

DISCLAIMER: I don’t know if this is how professional dressmakers make things. Please note that this is MY process and therefore I cannot assure you that it works hundred percent of the timeβ€”so please follow at your own discretion. πŸ˜‰

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  • Julia V

    Wow Daphne! I love this. Are you selling? πŸ˜‰ let me know!

    • I plan to but not right now. Still brainstorming pa of other designs to go with it for my next mini collection kuno. Hihi. But I will definitely let you know, Julia! So kilig and honored you liked it! <3

  • Wow! Would love to try this out! I used to play with sewing machines when I was younger. I think I gotta get on it again. <3

    Are you up for a link exchange? Just cleaned my blogroll. πŸ™‚

    Pauchee C.

    • You should! Yeah definitely, let me know if you linked me so I can include you in my blogroll too. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Nicol Wong

    oh wow i need to try this since I am really fussy with clothes lol


    • You should! It would be so much easier and cheaper if you make your own clothes. πŸ˜€

  • very helpful article , I really need to try this , well not making my own clothes but adjust them, im at beginner level

    • I’m a beginner also. I just had to push myself this time. I’m lucky it looked fine after all the alterations. πŸ™‚

  • jaquiperez

    this is interesting! good job! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Jaqui. πŸ™‚

  • jo-anne

    Wow! This is great, Daphne. The first and last time I did something like this was for a school project (more than 10+ years ago). lol.

    • Lol at least you were able to do it. Thanks, Jo-anne πŸ™‚

  • aniacytrynka

    wow!! great job πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Ania! πŸ™‚

  • Just came across your blog, and I’m loving it already! Your style is beautiful, and so are you! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you so much, Emmy! πŸ™‚

      • You’re welcome! I’m so glad I have discovered your blog! πŸ™‚

  • danielle

    wow that looks so nice! thanks for your comment, following back πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Danielle! πŸ™‚

  • berries

    Gorgeous! <3

  • gloria
    • Thanks, Gloria! πŸ™‚

  • Imdeb

    wow!really nice design clothes.great

    • Thanks, Imdeb! πŸ™‚

  • Dario Venuti

    perfect i m making a skirt


    • Thanks, Dario! πŸ™‚

  • shelly

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You too have a great blog. Would you be interested in following eachother? Let me know.

    • Thanks! Yeah, definitely πŸ™‚

  • Thank you! It means a lot coming from you! πŸ™‚

  • Madara Lieciniece

    This is so cool! I want to make a top like that for myself as well, so thank you for this DIY!
    I would love to see the top on you! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Maddie! It’s so easy to make πŸ™‚

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