About a year and a half ago my mom went to the hospital with some serious health issues. Since then she made one positive life change after another. She quit smoking (15moths without a cigarette!), she started walking for health, she recently lost 10 lbs. Basically my mom is the bomb.
So her new thing is Zumba Latin aerobics. She is Puerto Rican so it makes sense. She got the videos but wanted to take a class, and she found one at Body (a fancy yoga studio). The only time I had ever been in Body was when I saw a pair of awesome workout pants on a woman in my dance class. She told me she had gotten them at Body (also a yoga boutique). I went to check them out and...well guess how much they were.
$80! Eighty bucks for workout pants! Anyway I didn't want to go to the fancy yoga studio in shabby duds, and I didn't want to go out and buy a new tank...so I made one.
Here is me in my new tank and my mom in a workout shirt she re-purposed (check out that purple ruffle)
I googled yoga tank and used these two for inspiration:
I started with two cheep white men's undershirts (shhh don't tell my husband)and ended up needing a third for the straps and trim. I put one shirt inside the other and cut them like so.
I gathered the top and added a bias tape like strip to the top and messed it up like I usually do when working with bias tape like things. Then I tried to seam rip it and made a hole in the bias tape and instead of starting over I just added another strip of bias tape that made a sweet detail on the top.
This is what it looked like after i sewed it all up. I ended up taking in the sides a bit under the arms just to give it more shape.
Then I tie dyed it with some liquid Rit dye I already had. I have to say I love the heart and it was easier than you might think. I found the tutorial online, let me know if you want it and I'll find it again.
Here is that layered detail of the top.
And the back.
And the back on me.
This feels like one of the most professional looking things I have made. I really like it and I have to say Zumba class was crazy fun.