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Take a t-shirt from ill-fitting to a cuter cinched top.
I always have trouble finding shirts that fit my bust and waist nicely at the same time.

And getting a (sorta cute) t-shirt from the dentist made me want it to fit.
It has braiding along the sides and a strap across the upper waist to cinch it in a bit.

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  • How to make a tank top. No Sew, Braid & Bow. T Shirt Reconstruction! - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut off the seam of the t-shirt. Save this piece for later.
    Also, stretch out the bottom. It's not absolutely necessary, but it gives a little more room.

  • How to make a tank top. No Sew, Braid & Bow. T Shirt Reconstruction! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next, cut off the neck. If you want to, you can make a v-neck or a scoop neck. Stretch it out a bit.
    If you're going to do this, only do it in the front. If you cut the back along with it, it'll fall off your shoulders.

  • How to make a tank top. No Sew, Braid & Bow. T Shirt Reconstruction! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now cut off the sleeves! Stretch 'em out, too.

  • Step 4

    With the shirt facing up, flatten it out. Along the sides below the arms, cut about 1 centimeter in, all the way down to the bottom of the shirt. You can make it larger if you want to show more skin.

    No picture, sorry!

  • How to make a tank top. No Sew, Braid & Bow. T Shirt Reconstruction! - Step 5
    Step 5

    This one takes the most time.
    Braid it all the way down on both sides of the shirt using this technique:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6SWN4_IhAA

  • How to make a tank top. No Sew, Braid & Bow. T Shirt Reconstruction! - Step 6
    Step 6

    At the end, where you have two loops, take a piece of ribbon and tie them together.
    I double-knotted to make sure.

    You don't necessarily need ribbon for this step. You can use t-shirt scraps.
    Or if you really want to, you can sew it together, but then it wouldn't be a nosewbraid&bow!

  • How to make a tank top. No Sew, Braid & Bow. T Shirt Reconstruction! - Step 7
    Step 7

    Remember the seam we cut from the bottom of the shirt? Time to use it!

    Stretch it a bit to give it more length. Then cut it somewhere so you have one long piece.

  • How to make a tank top. No Sew, Braid & Bow. T Shirt Reconstruction! - Step 8
    Step 8

    Thread the seam through a braid on the side about 2 inches below the bottom of the arm holes.

    Sorry, can't think of a better word for "arm holes." D:

  • How to make a tank top. No Sew, Braid & Bow. T Shirt Reconstruction! - Step 9
    Step 9

    It'll look something like this now.
    Just tie it in the back when you put it on and... voila!

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linda.
linda. · 27 projects
No problem! (:
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little miss deerae
little miss deerae · Laguna Beach, California, US
ok ive figured it out Happy thanks..and sorry for my slowness hehe
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linda.
linda. · 27 projects
@little miss deerae: It is horizontally from the armpit down. It is similar to a ladder.
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little miss deerae
little miss deerae · Laguna Beach, California, US
im having trouble understanding step 4..when you say cut 1 centimeter in do you mean down or horizontally?
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linda.
linda. · 27 projects
Oh, yes. It is. I had a TB test, and the nurse drew a smiley face because I'm horribly scared of needles. xD
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CO + K User

is that a smiley face on youre right(tecknicly left arm)
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CO + K User

is that a smiley face on youre right(tecknicly left arm)
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rachel.
rachel. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
nice!!
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