Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Twisted Tank

make it wear it
Andrea sent me such a sweet invite to her party, so I'm join this one as well!

Show and Tell Green
 It's time for a little show and tell with Blue Cricket Designs!


I've caught a major sewing bug, so I'm super excited about this blog party at Creative Itch! This weekend I gave into the bug and made another summer tank by refashioning some old shirts,

into something fun and new!

To start, I cut a big rectangle out of the back of the shirt. You could also just use any cotton fabric.

Next, I cut the rectangle to make two square-ish pieces, one slightly shorter than the other.

These pieces need to be wide enough that when the long sides are pinned together, the resulting tube of fabric will fit around your middle comfortably. Ideally, you want the tube to fit closely just above your hips and be loose above the bust. Once you get this fit, pin the right sides of the fabric together and sew to form a tube.

Remember, one side of the tube should be shorter than the other; this will form the back of the tank.

Fold over the taller side of the tank twice, pin, and sew to form a finished edge.

After this, pleat and pin the tall side (front) of the shirt. Try the tube on to see if the top fits. If it seems just a bit snug, you can use elastic thread to allow for a little give in the pleats when taking the top on and off. If it’s way to snug or loose, adjust the size of your pleats until you find a happy medium. I got lucky and had a perfect fit on the first try.

Sew across your pleats along the same line as the hem of your finished top edge.

Now, pin and hem the bottom edge of the shirt. You want it to end right above your hips.

Cut the bottom off of a knit t-shirt that fits you well. Fold over the edge of this shirt and pin to the hem of your tube.

You may have to stretch the t-shirt a bit as you go, so I suggest pinning each seam first, and working your way towards the middle so the fabric is stretched evenly.

This is what it should look like after you sew all the way around:

I used white thread because I was too lazy to rethread the machine for contrast.

Now, you also want to finish the back edge of your top. I could have just folded the fabric over and hemmed, but I wanted to add a little more of the t-shirt color.

To do this, I cut a strip from the t-shirt about an inch wide, and as long as the back of the shirt. I folded the t-shirt material over the raw edge, pinned, and sewed.

For the straps, I cut two more strips from the t-shirt. I sewed them to the front edges of the shirt, twisted a few times,

and sewed to the back of the shirt.

Done! This is a very comfy shirt to wear on a hot day.

You can dress it up by belting it with another strip of t-shirt fabric

Or just let it be light and breezy.

My sister has already requested that I make her one too!

Happy sewing!



Selina said...

super cute as usual! i love checking your blog!

Julia said...

Your sewing prowess is growing by leaps and bounds! Great work. What a wonderful way to be chic and save moolah.

Tracy said...

If I send you my dimensions will you take orders? ;) I like the colors of this shirt. You look adorable in it!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

Great tank! Nice work. I hope you stop by and link up to Make It Wear It tomorrow. I host it every Thursday!

Misty said...

Cute! I love that you used an old shirt! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

anne maskell said...

that is so cute! Great job refashioning! I'm visiting with TTTC!Hope you visit me too!