Last year I happened to stumble across McCall’s 4933 (available on etsy here!!) and noticed that it was not a crop top, as it seemed, but a faker posing as a crop top. I couldn’t find it in my size so I did some sleuthing and the back of the pattern envelope shows that it is basically just an extra long top with a big tuck in it–I can do that! You can too!
I used my go-to crop top pattern, Simplicity 3480 which I think is from 1959 or 60. All you do is straighten out the side seams, making your top reeeeally long, and then take one big tuck at waist level to create the “overblouse” effect. It looks like the hem, but it’s really just a long pleat.
I’m a firm believer in wearing just about anything that makes you feel good, but if you feel like you can’t (or don’t want to) pull off a crop top for whatever reason, or you just want something a little different, is is easy to transform a regular top pattern into one for a tuck-in crop top. I’ve made a couple of these fake crop tops (or “tuck-in blouse with look of short overblouse” as the original pattern described them), and I loveeee them. They’re so easy to wear and offer good coverage while looking cool and, as my mom said, “neat and tidy.” You can see the full tutorial here!!