I have been wanting to do more refashioning lately so last week I went to a couple of thrift stores. I only bought a few things of which this was one. Now when shopping for refashioning items you have to keep a couple things in mind. The fabric should be good quality with no funny stains or smells. To make sure you have enough material for your refashion try to always buy at least one size up from your size. This shirt fit all those requirements so I bought it.
Before Turning The Shirt To Tank Top
It was nice fabric and it was a 1x so I had plenty of fabric to work with. The colour is a nice bright red which I really like. I want to make something more every day (so not a dress) and I thought tank top. I wear a lot of tank tops in the summer so I could see this one getting lots of use. So here how I turn the shirt to tank top.
First Thing Take Off Sleeves
If you want to make a shirt into a tank top the obvious first step is to take the sleeves off. And that is what I started with. I carefully cut off the sleeves by cutting away the serge seam part. If you were to do it on a woven I would leave the serging on. But this shirt was knit and wouldn’t fray. Once your sleeves are off it time for the next step.
Next Take In Side Seams
If your shirt too big this is the faster way to fix that. When you take in your side seams remember to match your armholes and your hem. You want them to look even. Depending on how big your shirt is you might have to take in a lot. I took in approximately 3 inches on each side.Since this shirt was really big it requires me to take an extra step.
Take In The Shoulders
I had to take on the shoulders because the neckline was really low. My shirt was long enough for me to easily take in the shoulders without making it too short. When taking in shoulders the most important thing to do is to make sure it matches at the neckline . Since I match it with the neckline my armholes ended up a bit off. I simply cut them back into the right shape.
And Finally Finished Armholes
I had tried to keep all the edges finish and it paid off. All I had to finish was the armholes. I knew this knit didn’t fray and last week when I try to bias bind a knit armhole it was a lot of work for a shoddy armhole. This week I didn’t want to go through all that trouble. Instead, I folded the armhole under and stitch it with a twin needle. Quick and it looks good. It these things that make me love knits.
This tank top was an enjoyable make as I didn’t run into any real problems. Everything went together smoothly and looks good. No regrets about not taking more time to finish it properly. And I have a new tank top how cool is that.
Did you ever turn a shirt to tank top? If you did I would love to hear about it.