DIY Two Piece Set: Agua Bendita Dupe For Under $5

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I love a good two piece set. And, when I saw this one by Agua Bendita I nearly died! Look at it here:

It’s GORGEOUS, but here’s the thing, the top was listed at $340 and the skirt at $570!

I just couldn’t justify spending $910 on the outfit. So, I thought I’d create my own.

And I’m glad I did.

It was so much fun creating my version of this Agua Bendita two piece set.

I thrifted this set for only $4 and I absolutely love how it turned out! The perfect outfit for spring!

Let’s dig in!

Tools & Materials

Just a reminder that my original video is in the middle of the page. You can watch the entire process and read the entire transcript there if you’re interested .

Drafting the Agua Bendita Top Pattern

Our first step is to modify an existing pattern to match the Agua Bendita top. I used a free pattern from Mood Fabrics as a base.

The pattern is for a dress, but I only used the bodice portion of it. The cropped shape of the dress in the front is pretty similar to the shape of the Agua Bendita top, making it a great starting point.

Here’s how I modified the pattern (for an in-depth tutorial watch my video):

  1. Extend the shoulder seams towards the center front.
  1. Adjust the neckline to your preference. You can use a top that fits you well as a guide.
  1. Create a new armhole for a halter top silhouette. You can freehand this step.
  1. Combine the two darts into one and adjust its position. This step involves drawing lines through the center of the waist dart and the bust dart, cutting close to the intersecting point, and shifting the points to meet.

Creating the Top

Once you’ve drafted your pattern, it’s time to create the top. Here’s how:

  1. Cut out the pattern from the fabric and sew the darts.
  1. Sew in the darts
  1. Add buttonhole loops to the center back. To do this, make skinny straps, fold them in half to create a loop, and sew them onto the center back.
  1. Sew the front and back pieces together along the side seams.
  1. Add lining to the top.
  1. Sew four straps and attach to the inside of the bodice.
  1. Sew on fabric-covered buttons. You can make these by covering buttons with fabric scraps from your project.

DIY Sewing Tutorial: THRIFT FLIP | Agua Bendita Two Piece Set Dupe [Spring Crop Top & Maxi Skirt]

Hello, my name is Tiffany and welcome back to my channel. It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper thrift flip, but I am finally back with another upcycle by Little Toh, where I take old forgotten items and give them a new life. If you like sewing and DIY videos, make sure you give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.

It is officially spring and I love all things floral. So, in today’s video, I’m going to show you how I turned this dated two-piece set into this perfect for spring matching set. Let’s get started. I thrifted this set for four dollars. The style is not very flattering on me, but I love this fabric. The skirt fits me pretty snugly in the waist and the top reminds me a little bit of a scrub top.

As the weather gets warmer, my Pinterest is currently filled with all of the floral outfits. I came across this Agua Bendita two-piece set which is very much my aesthetic. So, I want to try to recreate this. The top has a halter top cut with straps that tie along the shoulders and a curved hem that’s a little more cropped in the center front. For the back, there are three buttons along the center back as a closure. The skirt is fitted at the top and gathered at the bottom. There’s also a curved seam in the back and a high low hem.

I’m going to start with the top and I’m going to be using this free pattern from Mood Fabrics as a base. It is a pattern for a dress but I’ll only be using the bodice portion of it. The cropped shape of this dress in the front is pretty similar to the shape of the Agua Bendita top. I will be making modifications to this pattern but I’m going to show you exactly how I do it.

I started by extending the shoulder seam and using the original shoulder seam as a guide. I then drafted the new neckline and created a new armhole to create more of a halter top silhouette. Once I was happy with how it looked, I cut out the pattern. This pattern has two darts, a waist dart, and a bust dart, but I wanted my top to only have one dart, so I combined these two darts. I then cropped the pattern by measuring three inches from the bottom of the side seam and the bottom of the center front and freehanded a curved hem.

Moving on to the back, I extended the shoulder seams and freehanded the neckline as well as the armhole. The final step was to crop the pattern, just like the front, by three inches. I made a mock-up using the pattern I just drafted and attached the shoulders with some safety pins so I could put the top on to see if I needed to make any adjustments. The top fits pretty well but the neckline sits a little bit too high and the top is a little bit loose on me along the waist. So, I took it in a little bit along the darts in the back and along the side seams.

I went ahead and made these adjustments and then based on that, I drew out the modified pattern. I ended up with a pattern for the front bodice and cut it out of the fabric. I then sewed the dart on both sides. Moving on to the back, I cut out a mirrored piece and sewed the darts. Before I sewed these to the front, I added buttonhole loops to the center back.

I made some skinny straps to use as the buttonhole loops. I took the strap and folded it in half creating a loop which I placed along the center back. I sewed this in place and repeated this on the bottom and top. Now, I placed my front and back pieces right sides facing and sewed these together along the side seams. I then placed my lining piece right sides facing and sewed these pieces together all the way around, leaving a small opening at the bottom. From the opening, I turned the top over to the right side. To close up the opening, I pressed and then top-stitched all the way around.

The last step was to sew on the buttons. I decided to make fabric cover buttons to use on this top and they were actually super easy to make. This is what the buttons look like sewn on and here is the finished top.

Moving on to the skirt, I broke it down into two parts, the top section of the skirt and then the bottom section of the skirt. I started with the top section and used a skirt pattern that I drafted for myself a while ago. I cut out these three pieces and ironed on interfacing on all of these for added stability. I sewed these together creating the shell waistband. Following the same steps, I made a lining waistband which is not interfaced.

Starting with my shell waistband, I placed it right sides facing on the top of my skirt and pinned it in place. I sewed these together and then sewed the center back together till a certain point, leaving the top open for the invisible zipper. I sewed in the zipper and then sewed the lining waistband to finish the top of the skirt. The last step was to hem the skirt by folding over twice and sewing.

Here is the final outfit. I love all of my thrift flips but this may be my favorite one so far. I think this skirt is so flattering and the floral print on this is just gorgeous. I love the high neckline, dainty bow straps, and I’m so happy with the way the fabric covered buttons turned out. I’m definitely going to be wearing this a lot this spring.

I hope you all enjoyed this video. I am definitely more of a warmer weather kind of gal so I really enjoyed making this and I am so inspired to make more spring and summer outfits. If you want to see more photos of this outfit, I’ll be posting them on my Instagram at Little Toh. If you liked this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. Let me know in the comments what you thought about this outfit and if you have any suggestions of what I should make next. As always, thank you so much for watching.

Drafting the Agua Bendita Skirt Pattern

Next, we’ll move on to the skirt. The Agua Bendita skirt has a fitted top section and a gathered bottom section with a high-low hem. To recreate this, we’ll need to modify an existing skirt pattern.

  1. Use a skirt pattern you’ve previously drafted or a free pattern from Mood Fabrics.
  1. Modify the pattern to match the desired design. Measure five inches down from the top and draw a line across. From that line, measure three inches down and draw another line. Then, freehand a curved hem and cut it out.

Creating the Skirt

With your pattern ready, it’s time to create the skirt:

  1. Cut out the pattern from the fabric and sew the darts.
  1. Sew the front and back pieces together along the side seams then cut the lining to match.
  1. Create a gathered bottom section. Cut out a piece for the front of the bottom section of your skirt, making sure the top is curved to mimic the curved hem of the top section of your skirt. Do the same for the back pieces, but cut along the center back. Sew these pieces together along the side seams using French seams for a neat finish.
  1. Attach the top and bottom sections of the skirt together. Place them right sides facing and pin in place, making sure the side seams line up. Sew these together.
  1. Sew on a waistband. Cut out pieces following your measurements and iron on interfacing for added stability. Sew these pieces together to create the shell waistband. Repeat the process to create a lining waistband. Attach the shell waistband to the top of your skirt, right sides facing. Sew these together.
  1. Add an invisible zipper. Sew the center back of the skirt together until the point where the zipper will start, leaving the top open. Sew in the zipper.

Finishing Touches

We’re almost done! Now, it’s time to add the finishing touches:

  1. Sew the lining waistband to finish the top of the skirt. This will neatly hide all the raw edges.
  1. Hem the skirt by folding over twice and sewing.
  1. Use bias tape to hide the raw edges along the center back. This will give your skirt a professional finish.

And there you have it! We’ve officially duped an Agua Bendita two piece set.


This project is a testament to the power of upcycling and the creative possibilities it offers. Not only have you created a beautiful outfit, but you’ve also given new life to a forgotten garment.

I hope this guide has inspired you to try your hand at garment transformation. Remember, the key is to experiment, be curious, and most importantly, have fun. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. After all, every stitch is a step towards becoming a better seamstress.

So, why not give it a try? Grab that old garment, dust off your sewing machine, and let’s create something beautiful together. Happy sewing!

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