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This casual draped top has been one of my favorite go-to basics for a few years now. With spring just barely around the corner, I thought I’d add the project to the blog and share it! You can see my other shirt DIY tutorials HERE and HERE.

Making a draped top doesn’t have to be fussy or complicated. With just a few little hacks in the pattern, you can create a more elegant asymmetrical look without the frustration of excessive gathers and complicated patterns. A draped top covers any insecurities you don’t need to have but do, and adds to your style and sillouette.

make This DIY Draped Shirt from a basic square

This casual draped top is actually made from just a basic square. The draped look comes from where you place the neck, armholes, and bottom hemline. This shirt meant to drape, there’s no need for a size chart, or a full page pattern. It’s so easy, and looks good on everyone! Are you ready?

Sew a Draped Shirt from a basic square


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How To Make A Casual Draped Top In 3 Steps

Before we dive in, it’s important to note that if you don’t have a serger, use a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. The extra give between the stitches allows for some stretch so your seams won’t pop when your shirt is finished.

  1. Lay your fabric out on a table. Fold it in half and cut it into a large square.
  2. Mark your neckline, armholes, and bottom hemline with Tailor’s Chalk or sewing pins. (Scroll down to see the handy little picture of where to place your holes to create a draped effect.)
  3. Sew around your square making sure to avoid closing up your marked holes.

make a Draped Asymmetrical Shirt from a basic square

When you are done, you can finish off the open edges or leave them raw. The stretch jersey won’t fray or come undone as you wear it.

I really hope you liked this little post! As always, if you have any questions as you are making this casual draped top, leave a comment below and I’d love to help out!

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