Wear the crop top: Simplicity 9550


Temps and hemlines are rising! And no matter your size I say embrace the crop top this spring/summer season!

  • Skill Level*: 1/novice
  • Sewing Time: a couple of hours
  • Pattern Rating*: 5

This is just one of those patterns that I immediately knew I was purchasing. I love the short set, the skirt is cute too I just don’t see myself sewing it. I’ll certainly sew the short set soon as it’s on my spring to sew list, but I just had to knock the top out for fit first.

This top is View B which features the cuffed sleeve and the V tie back. It was hard to decided as the elastic sleeve is cute as well, but I thought the cuff may be more comfy to wear and the tie back is just cute. Not surprisingly the top comes together quickly.


This cotton gauze is from Joann a couple of years back. They still carry gauze but I no longer see this coral shade that they called grenadine. This is the same fabric that I used to make McCalls 8035 maxi dress. It was a one yard remnant piece that I grabbed to make a solid top to go with a previously made pair of pull on gauze pants. Actually the plan was to make another one of Mimi’s patterns, S9114. I’m glad I never got around to using this fabric for that as this top is so darn cute. Most of the time I find these things simply work out!


So while I stated above that I think anyone, who wants to, should rock a crop top I’d be lying if I said I felt real confident about my body – specifically the midsection – right now as I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. That said I’m still rocking this top, but I did decided to length the crop a bit for a tad bit more coverage, but the whole point of sewing is getting the fit you want, right?


This is a cute top that I plan on wearing often this season.

Pattern:  Simplicity 9550

Pattern Description: Pull-over top has puffed dolman sleeves finished with elastic at hems and back button closure. View B top features short cuffed sleeves, elastic at hem and open back with self ties. Mid-calf skirt and mid-thigh shorts have back zipper, hip yoke and sash.

Sizing: 4-12, 14-22 | S9551 includes 18W-26W, 26W-34W

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

Did I make in alterations? I lengthened by

Would I sew it again? yes, I have to make the short set

Would I recommend it to others? Yes

One response to “Wear the crop top: Simplicity 9550”

  1. […] sportwear pattern is super cute and pretty simple to create. The top, that I’ve sewn before here, is a cute boxy crop top with two sleeve and two back options. This time I opted for the slit back […]


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