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June 13, 2016
Denim | Scarlet Aura
Denim Ruffle Top – Made By Me (DIY Tutorial) // Wrap Choker – Made By Me // Pants – Exact // Booties – Cotton On // Fedora – The Lot

In this DIY I show you how to make a super easy light-weight denim off-the-shoulder crop top. This style of top is so on trend right now as it features romanticism, off-the-shoulder, maybe even a little Victorian, and the denim gives it a seventies vibe. It’s the perfect item to take with you when travelling because it can be worn in several different ways – five of which I demonstrate in the video!

What I love most about DIY is that you get to customize your creation however you like. You can play around with different lengths, fabrics and colours. I’m keen to make the cropped part a little longer so that it can be worn as a dress! The possibilities are truly endless.

If you’d like me to post more DIY tutorials, do hit the like button on the video and subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more if you haven’t already. It gives me motivation to post more DIYs, so I do appreciate your feedback.

Scroll further to enjoy the photos and then watch my video below where I show you how to make your very own denim off-the-shoulder ruffle crop top!

Scarlet Aura | Denim
Scarlet Aura | Denim
Scarlet Aura | Denim
Scarlet Aura | Denim
Scarlet Aura | Denim
Scarlet Aura | Denim

Photo Credit: Ricardo Harvey



  • Basic Sewing Skills
  • Light-weight denim fabric
  • Elastic
  • Co-ordinating thread
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Seam Gauge
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Overlocker (optional)


Scarlet Aura | Denim

Right-click the above diagram and click Save image as… to download the bigger version. Please note that the diagrams are not to scale and should be used as a reference only. Do also note that the seam and hem allowances have already been included. I’m a size Medium, but this top is pretty loose fitting so you could easily add or subtract inches to fit your own measurements accordingly.

I’m a self-taught sewist and DIYer, so the techniques I show you in my video are things that work for me at the time the video has been recorded. It may not necessarily be the “industry” way, but it’s certainly an easy way, and I’m happy to share my learnings with you as I embark on this creative journey!

Raylene xoxo
  1. I really enjoy the setup of your page. Everything really catches the eye and it is unique. I just found you via YouTube and I appreciate your denim top tutorial. Thanks a bunch and I look forward to more!

  2. Love this too love the way you model it luckily for me I have the exact denim in my cupboard I’m a large so should I add a few inches into each measurement ? Please excuse me I am a novice x

    1. Hi Rosanna, thanks so much for your kind comment :) And that is amazing that you have the same denim fabric!

      To answer your question… Fortunately, because the top is so loose fitting and ruffly (haha, don’t know if that’s even a word), you can be very generous with the inches on the width and even the height (it’s up to you), the elastic around your shoulders will be the only thing that really needs to fit you snugly. This is how I came up with my measurements (hopefully it will give you an idea of how to do it according to your measurements): I took my shoulder circumference measurement, divided it by 2 for the front piece and added about 8″ on either side for some lee way. Feel free to extend this to your preference and include seam allowances. The height I chose for the ruffle is about 8″ – feel free to adjust this to any height you prefer. Remember it has to include seam/hem allowances. Then, for the bodice pieces took my bust circumference measurement, divided it by 2 for the one bodice piece and added about 3″ on either side for some lee way. Do feel free to extend this to your preference and include seam allowances. To figure out the bottom of the bodice measurement as it extends slightly outwards, I took my waist circumference measurement and simply doubled it, and then I divided it by 2 to determine the width of the piece, then I connected my final bust width measurement including the 3″ (my preferred width extension) on either side down toward it. To calculate the height of my bodice piece, I measured from where my elastic is eventually going to sit around my shoulders down to my waist, and added about 2″ for some allowance. You can make this top as long as you want! It’s up to you. To calculate the space required for my armholes, I simply traced the armhole of a top I own. Not the whole armhole, of course, because the top portion isn’t required since it’s an off-the-shoulder top.

      I really hope this helps! Good luck with your project, and do let me know how it turned out – I’d love to see your creation! xx

  3. Hello! I love this tutorial and I really want to make it i just have a quick question, Will these measurements fit a size Small? If not how can i make it fit?

    1. Hi Ayraa, thanks for your kind comment! The measurements above would totally fit a size small, but depending on how small you want it you can simply take off a couple of inches. Do have a look at my previous comment in reply to Rosanna with regards to making it bigger. The same methods will apply to making it smaller. I hope this helps xx

  4. Absolutely love this tutorial – thank you for posting! I have a feeling I’m going to be making quite a few of these for the summer – and I think I might try increasing the length to make it a dress too!

  5. Great tutorial! I like that you film close up. I can’t wait to try it as a newbie to this sewing process

  6. Scarlet, I love how well you create and teach us how to make the shirt. The only question I have is if I use other fabric choices, and what you would recommend. Thank you!!!I will definitely be coming back for more ideas!! :)

  7. Nice tutorial. I was wondering if this would work with a softer fabric like chiffon, because that’s the fabric I have, and I think I can make this without much difficulty. I’m just a newbie at sewing. Thanks.

    1. Hi Amor, you could use any fabric that is light-weight with good drape for this project. Chiffon is quite see-through, so you might want to double up on the fabric or add lining – which might be a bit of a challenge for a newbie. Good luck with your project and do tag me if you do decide to post it! I’d love to see it :)

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