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turn any t-shirt into a sexy fitted tank top!

i have a bunch of t-shirts that i never wear, but i love their graphics. came up w/ this re-con to preserve the best part of the t, but convert it to a sexy tank top!

sewing is required, and t-shirt jersey is not the easiest to work with. but, i'm pretty new to sewing, and i think this turned out great!



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Project Cost
Almost Nothing

  1. Step 1 1

    deconstruct- lay t-shirt flat, and cut apart as follows:

    - carefully cut sleeves off body, then cut open at bottom hem

    - trim away top/ collar

    - cut front and back into separate pieces (allows for better fitting finished product)

  2. Step 2 2

    neck line/ top edge:

    finish the top edge of the shirt (i used a contrasting zig zag stitch for effect). you can also leave this edge raw.

  3. Step 3 3

    the back:

    - determine desired height of back panel, measuring up from preserved bottom hem (of original shirt). mine is 6 inches lower than the front piece (after finishing both edges).

    - for structure/ support, finish top edge of back panel by folding/ pressing and stitching top edge w/ zig zag stitch.

  4. 4

    shape the body- making a pattern:

    - lay back and front on top of each other, right sides facing each other, and bottom edges lined up.

    - trace your general curve (armpit to hip) onto some paper, then cut along curve

    - use cutout to trace your curve onto t-shirt

    - sew t-shirt front & back together along traced curve line (keep in mind that shirt will stretch, adjust seam to appropriate size/ shape. repeat for both sides.

  5. Step 5 5

    next- turning ex-sleeves into the halter strap:

    - trim the rounded edge off to make the longest possible 2 inch wide strips, keeping the sleeve edge intact.

  6. Step 6 6

    fold and press, then sew the sleeve (cut edge) to reinforce the strap and create a clean line.

    i used constrasting thread w/zig zag stitch so the fabric could still stretch, but didn't distort the edge overly much.

  7. Step 7 7

    attach strap:

    - front panel should be 4-6 inches taller than back panel

    - strap should attach to edge of front panel, extending down to top edge of back panel

    - adjust angle of strap/ shirt joining to run from outside top of back panel, along outside edge of front, to back of neck. mine was sewn to be a fixed length halter strap, but could also easily be adjustable w/ a tie behind the neck (depending on how much fabric you have)

  8. Step 8 8

    optional: add darts to side edge as necessary/ appropriate (you will need to do this before sewing side seams). darts are helpful for adding support for bustier ladies, but are of marginal use in a stretchy t-shirt. if you do attempt them, darts should point towards nipple, but end approx 1 inch away, and should start from the bottom or side seam (for lifting effect).

  9. Step 13 9

    my husband took this pic- apparently he was not so focused on showcasing the shirt...

    but given that (despite how this pic looks), i am not shaped like a porn star (those are just b-cups!), i think the shirt turned out pretty flattering!

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