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Topic: Great big shirt becomes great new tank top! (+ tutorial)  (Read 16498 times)
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« on: January 29, 2005 07:00:43 PM »


This was a Men's XL before yesterday.  My friend got it for me in the store she works at because the design was cool, but it was too huge to wear.

The first thing that I did was to pin a tank top I liked the size of on top of my big shirt.  My favorite tank is actually a spaghetti strap, so I cut around the straps with about a 3/4" allowance.

If the back neckline of your shirt comes up higher than the front, then cut out the seam allowance around this neckline.
Unpin your tank top from the shirt.  The front and back of the shirt to be resized should be connected at the tops of the straps.
Now is your chance to cut the front neckline lower if necessary.  Unfold the front and back and lay the shirt out as one flat piece. 

(Sorry it's lopsided)
Lay the template tank top underneath the shirt to be resized, and use it as a guide to cut the neckline lower, being careful to leave a seam allowance and not cut your tank top.
Carefully repin the front and back of the shirt to be resized together again.
Sew up the sides of the shirt with the stretch stitch on your machine, which looks like this: --^--.
Turn up the bottom of the shirt about 3/4" and hem up.  Either do two parallel rows of stitches or a double-needle stitch if you have it on your machine.
Take some of your excess fabric or a contrasting color, and cut a strip about an inch wide and long enough that it could go all the way around your neckline.  This will be the binding.  Switch to straight stitch on your machine.
Fold one end of the strip over about half an inch, and pin down.  Ignore that the bottom edge of my binding is folded over, that's because I was using a shirt hem.

Pin right sides together around the neckline/ insides of straps.
Sew together leaving about a 4/8" seam allowance.
When you're done, it should look like this from the outside:

And this from the inside:

Fold the binding inside the shirt and pin down.  Then, "stitch in the ditch" with a thread that matches the shirt, sewing in the space where the two pieces meet.

Trim the extra binding material.
Repeat for armholes.
Yay!
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2005 07:03:41 PM »

right on..........very cool...........never would have thought to do that.............!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2005 12:27:31 AM »

i really love this and it seems like it'd be really easy to do. definately gonna have to find a shirt to try it with. thanx!
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2005 08:05:43 AM »

Sweet!  I think I'm going to do this!  One question, and perhaps a silly one: when you do stretch stitch (--^-) should the part the arrow points to be to the inside of the shirt or towards the outside of the shirt?  Because if you have the arrow facing in, when you turn it inside-out again the arrow stitch is very visible.  Heh.. clearly I don't know a lot about sewing, but thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2005 02:10:43 PM »

The pointy part of the stretch stitch should point to the outside of the shirt.  This way it doesn't show when you turn the shirt right-side out Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2005 11:32:17 AM »

thats really cool. grreat idea
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2005 11:36:07 AM »

That's really cute.
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2005 03:09:58 AM »

great! i never would have thought to do that. this is perfect since i have lots of big old shirts i'd like to recycle. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2005 05:24:17 AM »

Great tut and shirt, but unfortunatly my sewing skills and lack of common sense don't really allow my to figure out how to do binding, trim, etc.  Angry
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2005 11:25:35 PM »

Great tut and shirt, but unfortunatly my sewing skills and lack of common sense don't really allow my to figure out how to do binding, trim, etc.  Angry


nice, you sound like me.
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