Sunday, March 17, 2013

Make a Tank Top from a Guy’s T-shirt

After going to Target looking for something cute to wear on St. Patty’s Day, I realized that finding a nice green shirt in the ladies department was no easy task. I found a few different shades of green in different styles of shirts, but was left wanting something more genuine to the occasion. After a disappointing search, I noticed two large racks of St. Patrick day themed t-shirts in the men’s section. Jackpot! The only problem now was that they weren’t very flattering, and even size small was still a little bit large. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and came up with this DIY tank top from a t-shirt in 4 easy steps, no sewing required!


You will need:

Tank top (for reference)

Step 1: Make reference marks

  • Turn the t-shirt inside out and lay it flat, front side up.
  • Lay the tank on top of the shirt and make marks with the pen showing the neck line depth and strap thickness for reference.
  • Remove the tank and draw lines connecting the pen marks to follow while cutting.

Step 2: Cutting the t-shirt

  • Cut the neck out of the t-shirt following the pen marks. I cut the front of the shirt first then the back separately.
  • Following your pen marks for the straps, cut the sleeves off of the t-shirt, cutting both sides of the shirt at the same time.
  • Turn the shirt right-side out and set aside.

Step 3: Making the ties.

  • Take one of the cut-off sleeves and cut it along the bottom seam.
  • Open the sleeve up and cut 1” thick strips along the longest length of the sleeve. I used 2 strips.

Step 4: Tying the back straps together.

  • Take one of the strips and starting about 3” from the top seam of the shirt, start wrapping the two tank top straps together moving down as you go.
  • Tie a knot in the first strip to hold in place.
  • Take the second strip of fabric and repeat. Tuck the loose ends in.

The END!