Friday, July 5, 2013

basic tank top sewing tutorial

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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!


diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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!

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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.

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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.

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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.

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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:

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

See? Pinned on the outside:

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

Flip over your bias tape to the inside of your shirt (wrong side of the fabric) and sew it down:

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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!

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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!

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

 I love that it has the same cute scooped hem detail as the original.

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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!

diy basic tank top sewing tutorial

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!

~Jessica

42 comments:

  1. This is really a cute tank top. I love the side hem detail. Will have to give this a try!

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  2. I'm a VERY new sewer...as in trying my best to teach myself.... I was going along good until you got to the bias tape.... you totally lost me on the flip it over to the wrong side part... HELP!!

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    1. Don't panic Brandy! I didn't do a very good job of explaining it, partially because this fabric is really not good for showing the right/wrong sides of the fabric. Essentially it's the same color all the way through, which is rare and confusing. My fault for choosing that fabric, grrrr.

      There is a very good tutorial of how to do this here on BurdaStyle: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/single-fold-bias-tape-neckline

      Or there is another much clearer one then mine (her fabric and binding choices are much easier to see) here at CraftStylish:
      http://www.craftstylish.com/item/13143/how-to-sew-a-bias-tape-facing

      And still another good one at Miss Maryam's Sewing Corner: http://sewingstuck.tumblr.com/post/18436017428/bias-tape-hem-tutorial

      Don't lose heart, this is by far the most efficient and neatest way I have found of bind the armholes and neckline of garments, because the hem doesn't pucker the way simply folding the fabric over does.

      If you're still stuck email or comment again, I have no problem talking you through it by email!

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  3. It's been so hot lately that I'm taking 2 or 3 showers a day and, of course, I change blouses every time. I don't have enough tanks to do that and did I mention that it's too hot for sleeves? (This is Massachusetts for goodness sake. It's not supposed to get this hot for this long. I don't have air conditioning!) Anyway, I've been sewing for awhile but I'm not confident enough to do something like this from scratch on my own. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I'll whip out a couple of these tomorrow!

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    1. Ooh! You should send us pictures! We love seeing other people's end results! Good luck!

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  4. Great tutorial! I'm hoping to try this out on some long-sleeved maternity shirts that I'd like to convert to tank-tops. I'll give it a go and hope for the best.

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    1. Great idea!!! It is definitely hot enough this year to justify cutting the sleeves off shirts! Then you could always layer them with a cardigan in the fall!

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  5. Just love the tutorial .I am really impressed by the working of yours .This is really cool work and i just love the stuff that you have contained.
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/womens-tanks-and-camis.htm

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    1. Aw shucks! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I love tank tops! Thanks for sharing!

    What type of fabric did you use to make the new tank top?

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  7. Thanks for the great tutorial! Found it on Craft-o-Maniac.

    Alyssa @ ohsewcraftylife.blogspot.com

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  8. I searched the sales racks in vain last week for a tank top that was cool and flattering - this fits the bill perfectly.

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    1. It can be a challenge to find comfortable/flattering/affordable/modern tank tops! :)

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  9. I really like your tutorial with the bias tape. I'm going to have to give that a try! Pinning ya!

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  10. What a great tutorial, I remember sewing very nice skirts and tops at school but now I forgot how to do it:)And thank you dear for sharing your look with Monday Bloom.
    http://dcinstyle.com/

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  11. Trying this ASAP! So pretty!

    xo
    Charindie @ couchesandcupcakes.blogpsot.com

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  12. Oh I love it! This year I am planning on sewing a few things for myself, so this tutprial is going into my Ideas Box :) Thank you :)

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  13. Oh goodness, I love your new top! I'm totally going to be following your tutorial to make my own! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I live in Texas where it is hot; very hot, 103 today with a heat index of 108. I live in this kind of top all summer. To make it just a little different each time I make different neck lines. I have made a V neck, the square neck and of coarse the U neck and the round neck. All look great. It is not hard to do and makes the shirt just a tad bit different.

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  15. love this! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. I featured your post on facebook. xo

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  16. Such a cute tank! This is my first time seeing a hem done with bias tape like that. Genius! (Its one of those 'why didn't I know about this? moments.) Thank you so much for sharing!

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  17. Oh how I wish I could sew! This looks so cute! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Tuesday! ~ Pary Moppins

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  18. I'm just starting to make patterns from existing clothes. This simple tutorial validates my trying...thank you.

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  19. Just love this tutorial.Girls' fashion has really been spiced up in the last few seasons. Creativity and individuality are important qualities found in today's girls' fashion and i have found this element also in http://www.apparelnbags.com/womens-tanks-and-camis.htm and i am highly satisfied.

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  20. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful project on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board. Have a great weekend!

    carolyn
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  21. So funny becuase my current post is about my half baked attempt at copying my favorite nightgown. I am far too impatient to trace it on paper and I was determined not to use bias tape. I've leaned my lesson after two sad attempts.

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  22. So cute, and I never thought about using bias tape in that way to make a hem - great idea!

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  23. Your tips on self-drafting make me feel much less scared of trying this on my own!

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  24. I love this! I did copy a tshirt once that had the sleeves included in the shape and it turned out pretty good. I bought a cheap xl men's shirt to make my own as it's cheaper than buying a ladies top! Will be trying this for our summer here in Sydney. Thanks.

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  25. Thank you for the tip about the bias tape! I am frequently disappointed with my hem! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  26. 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. remalladora

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  27. 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. remalladora

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