T-Shirt to Tank Top
I recently joined a gym. It was time.
To celebrate my new gym membership, I decided to make a few tank tops out of big, boxy t-shirts using this tutorial I found on Pinterest. I made one a while ago and love it–it gives me some coverage but isn’t as frumpy as a big ol’ t-shirt.
Behold the original tee:
Begin the transformation by preparing the shirt for cutting:
First you’ll cut the hem off the bottom of the t-shirt. Discard it.
Next, cut a second strip off the bottom. It will be your drawstring/straps:
The sleeves are the next to go:
Next cut off the collar. This is what it will look like with all your pieces cut:
Now you’re ready to start pinning this bad boy. You’ll be sewing the neck so that you can run the strap/drawstring through. I allowed for a 1 inch hem to allow room for the drawstring.
Sew the neck hem. Back:
Now take your drawstring (cut it so it’s one long string) and attach a safety pin to one end to make threading it through the neck easier:
Run it through the neck:
Pull the drawstring through and thread it through the back:
Before you sew the drawstring closed, try the shirt on to adjust the fit. I prefer more of a halter-type fit but if you make the drawstring straps longer it’ll hang more like a tank top. Sew the drawstring closed and voila, your finished tank:
Another option is to tie your drawstring thusly:
I wore the Barcelona tank to the gym and it was perfect. Roomy but not too boxy, and the perfect amount of coverage.