In the spirit of summer, I'm going to show you how I sewed my own basic tank top. It was so easy once I figured out how to do it!
I have a woven tank top that I've been obsessed with this summer (you can see it in action here). It's lightweight, swingy and cool on hot summer days, but structured enough that it makes me look like I "tried." I love this tank top so much I thought I would copy it and sew my own. My husband was starting to complain that I was wearing it too much. Apparently there is some sort of social taboo against wearing the same shirt six days in a row. Who knew?
So if you want to know how to make your own, you will need:
1. a woven tank top (you can use a streatchy one but you'll need to add a few inches to your pattern)
2. paper to make a pattern
3. bias tape
4. thread, sewing machine, etc.
Fold your tank in half, and lay it out on your paper. Newspaper also works well for projects like this!
Trace around your tank. You will do this for both the front and the back, as the front piece will most likely have a lower neckline then the back. If not, then you'll only need one pattern piece! Cut them out and you have your pattern.
Fold your fabric in half, and pin your pattern to your fabric, matching up the side of your pattern that says "fold" with the fold in your fabric.
Cut your fabric pieces out, and pin together at the shoulders and sides. Sew these with a straight stitch. I also did a zig zag stitch on the outside of my straight stitch to keep the fabric from fraying, but you don't have to do that unless you want to. Pinking shears also work great to keep fraying at a minimum.
Pin your bias tape along the bottom hem of your shirt, making sure to pin it to the outside (right side) of the fabric like this:
See? Pinned on the outside:
Flip over your bias tape to the inside of your shirt (wrong side of the fabric) and sew it down:
You should now have a nice neat hem:
Repeat this process with the neckline and arm holes, I used a complimentary color of bias tape for the neckline, because it may occasionally show. Now you're done!
I now have a second amazingly cute, lightweight and easy to wear basic tank top. Now I can wear something else besides my fav blue striped one!
I love that it has the same cute scooped hem detail as the original.
And it fits exactly the same way as the original too. Which is to say, exactly how I like. A little loose but still flattering, and the neckline isn't so low that my Dude is going to be able to pull it down with his tiny sticky fingers. Yay!
What do you think? Have you ever tried to copy an existing garment? Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks, because I'm going to show you how I made simple alterations to this pattern to do a refashion and an anthropologist knock off!