Be Genuine Hack: How to Add Straps

Hello! I’m Aimee, also known as the Sewing Scientist, here to bring you a new blog post for Ellie & Mac. This blog contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through them, I will receive a small commission for which I am very grateful.  

Today, I want to show you a simple hack for the Be Genuine Top. This was my first time making the Be Genuine Top and it won’t be my last.
I was shopping not long ago and came across a cute top that had cold shoulders with a strappy design in the opening. I thought to myself – I can make that! My mother’s birthday is coming up and I decided to make one for her. I needed to model it first though for this blog. 
I first made the top  per the pattern – except that I know my mom loves her  tops to be a bit more flowy. I graded out the top from the bust to add a lot more ease at the hemline. Ince I had the top constructed, I made the straps. I made one long piece using  smooth ribbing from Bow Button Fabrics. It was 1.25” wide and I folded it in thirds and then than it through my coverstitch. Please don’t judge my wavy stitching. 
I then laid the sleeve out so I could estimate how long the straps needed to be. I then sewed the band on the sleeve. With the band on, I then clipped the strapsonto the seam allowance of the band. I just did one sleeve to begin with.
I then tried the top on to see how I like the straps. 
I was happy with how it looked and sewed the straps to the band seam allowance with my sewing machine using a straight stitch. 
I then placed my finished sleeve back to back with the unfinished sleeve to mark the placement of the straps with clips. I then sewed the clips on the otherside.
Now that I have tried it on with both sleeves done, I wish I had left the straps a tiny bit longer and placed them a little lower from the shoulder seam. I sewed the top straps about 1.5” from the shoulder seam and I think 2.5” would be better as the top crossed straps want to sit on top of my shoulder. 
I think this Be Genuine Top turned out really cute and it’s really comfortable. My mom loves tie dye and I really hope she loves her new top.
I think it looks really cute with my  Good Vibes Joggers that I made recently in a denim color French terry.

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(written: Aimee Wilson)


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Tandy August 26, 2020

This is adorable. I expected it to be more difficult, but after seeing your photos, it really isn’t so hard. I may try this for my daughter. Thanks for the idea AND pictures. Can’t wait to try it.

Eileen May 02, 2020

Perfect I was thinking of how I might modify this and then I saw your idea.

Cheryl Roewer March 13, 2020

Very cool!!


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