Today I want to share my "A Bow and Whimsy Tank Top" with you. I named it that because the oversized, diagonally-placed bow reminds me of carnivals, balloons, birthday parties, Sunday brunch and woodland picnics. What’s that you say? You want one? Well, you’re in luck because I have a tutorial for you today! So join me after the break to get the how-to!
P.S. You might need to click on these pictures to enlarge them for some of the steps. :)
First we’ll cut the bodice. Begin by folding your main fabric in half with right sides facing together. Place the shirt you’re using to make your pattern on top of the fabric. Now we’re going to cut out our main bodice using the shirt as our guide. Make sure the shirt is laying nice and flat before you start cutting. As you cut, leave about 2.5 extra inches on the bottom (for the hem) and an extra inch all the way around the other three sides so you have plenty of room for sewing. It may help to pin your shirt down to the fabric or use fabric weights to keep from sliding around while you’re cutting. (And be careful not to cut your shirt!)
With the scraps, cut a smaller rectangle that measures 3”X6”. So all together at this point you’ll have this (see picture).
As you can see, I used scrap fabric for my bow and didn’t have quite enough fabric. That being said, it’s okay if your measurements aren’t exactly the ones I’ve listed here, as long as they’re somewhere close.
Yay! We’re done cutting.
So now you should have this. Now is a good time to try the shirt on and see if it fits. Don’t worry if it doesn’t. You can make the adjustments! I had to cut my neckline a little bit deeper and I even considered adding some darts. Once you work out the fit, join me in the next step to finish the edges.
Now that your shirt fits, let’s finish off those edges. We’re going to finish the neck and arm holes by sewing bias tape onto them. I won’t bother trying to explain how to sew on bias tape because Dana over at MADE already has an amazing tutorial for it (go here: http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-heart-hotpads-how-to-sew-bias.html). So jump over and sew the bias tape to your neck arm holes and then meet me back here.
Decide where on your shirt you want your bow. To do this, I pinched my big rectangle of fabric in the middle (to make it look more like a bow) and held it up to the shirt. When you’ve decided where you want your bow, mark the center somehow (either with a fabric pen, pins, chalk, etc...I used pins).