Summer is HERE! Why not try out the ever-so-popular DIY tank-top? I love this look, especially with summer approaching.
I DON’T love this look when people seem to take “tank” a little too far…
Dear God- a little “fashionable” side boob does not entitle you to look like you’re borrowing AC Slater’s wresting uniform. For the sake of your dignity, and your friends… less is more in this case. You can always try it on, and go back and cut more.
I was browsing through one of my favorite thrift stores in LA and bought this T-shirt for $6.99. I’ve been missing NYC lately… so I thought this would be perfect for my DIY tank top project:
*HELPFUL HINT: When you’re creating these type of tank tops it’s always better to buy 1 size larger, or at least make sure that the shirt is 2-3 inches longer in length than what you’re normally used to when wearing a T-shirt.*
Here’s a step-by-step of how to make this type of tank:
1. First Step: Sleeves.
Sleeves, rather. (Do NOT throw the sleeves away just yet!)
When cutting off the sleeves; I cut from the shoulder 1.5-2 inches from the neckline, to a spot about 5 inches below the armpit.
Once you’ve cut one side, fold the T-shirt directly down the middle so you can make sure both sides look alike.
Voila! Kidding. Not done yet. Now you just have a regular tank…
2. Next, cut off the neck of the T-shirt and the bottom seam of the T-Shirt. *HELPFUL HINT: The shirt I’m doing is a vneck, but I find crew-neck T-shirts come out a bit better.*
3. Now, grab the sleeves you cut off and cut off that small piece of fabric to the left of the sleeve in Image #1. It’ll be like a fabric circle, so cut one of the seams so that it’s a strip of fabric. When this is stretched out, it looks like a rope. This will be the material you use to gather the back of the tank top (#3). *Helpful Hint- it doesn’t matter if you cut jagged on any part of the tank.. Once you put it on and give a little pull, where the armpits are… the cut fabric will naturally roll, making a perfectly even seam*
4. Pull the fabric of the material (#2 above) that looks like a rope, up to the top of back of the t-shirt. (ONLY the back panel of the t-shirt) Gather that material together and begin tying simple 1/2 knots, one after the other. Once you get a few knots on there- it’ll start to resemble a braid/rope.
See how simple? This is what you should end up with…
TA-DA! I apologize for the backdrop… it’s my living room carpet, aka my home office. As much as I would love to replace the carpet in my rented apt.. not really on in my budget range right now… BUT it is where all my best ideas come to fruition!
By Lauren Probyn