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Topic: Another shirt-to-tank (now with tutorial, finally)  (Read 27647 times)
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« on: July 21, 2005 10:16:13 AM »

I had this old baby-doll type T that was shorter and tighter than I wanted, but I still loved the logo. Now it's a tank top.

Here's what it looks like on...

Close up of the front:

...and the back:

Feedback always welcome. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2005 12:43:18 PM »

ha! five iron! they're cool...

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2005 01:00:54 PM »

*gasp*  I love five iron!  My friend has that shirt.  I really like what you've done with it.

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2005 09:25:06 PM »

ohmigosh i have SO many t-shirts i could do this to...

well, they're bigger rather then smaller but you get the point

i know it must be simple but i hate cutting things up without a direction to go in so could we have  a tute?

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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2005 05:37:18 AM »

Thanks, everyone.  Smiley

And yes, call_me_nny, I can do a tute. I actually have another shirt that I wanted to do this to already, so I can take pics as I make it. Might take me a couple days to get it up (because I have to get another t-shirt to do the contrasting part with first... Roll Eyes ) but I'll try to get it done as soon as possible.  Smiley  (And this shirt was my brother's so it's too big, so that shouldn't be a problem.)

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2005 07:03:43 AM »

If I walked past you on the street, I would never know it wasn't professional!  Lovely
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2005 07:06:50 AM »

That is such a cool idea.  Can't wait for the tute.

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yay five iron! yay your tank top!

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I'm anxious to see the tutorial.

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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2005 09:59:32 AM »

This is soooooo late, but I finally managed to make another shirt. So here's the tut, if anyone still wants it. Sorry for the delay.  Sad

Before you start, you'll need to take some measurements so you know how to cut the two shirts. I measured around where I wanted the top of the shirt to be (above the chest, under the arms), right below my chest around the ribs, the most narrow part of my waist, and where I wanted the bottom to be (sort of the hips). That will be important for the side pieces, but I'll explain that later.

You'll need two shirts, one for the front/back and one for the sides/straps/trim. (I used a solid shirt for the sides on both of the ones I made, but you're all creative people so do whatever you want. Wink

The grey one, obviously, is the one I'll be using for the front/back.

For the front/back panels, if you're using a shirt with a picture, you'll want to measure the picture to see how wide you want to make it, plus add a little extra to each side for seams. I wanted a finished width of ten inches, so I cut mine 11. (I used half-inch seams for everything on this.) Cut two rectangles, one from the front and one from the back of the shirt. (I centered mine, but again, it's your call.) The length of the rectangles don't matter yet, so don't worry about that. You should end up with this:

For the sides, take the measurements you had before, subtract the (finished) widths of the front and back from those numbers, divide what's left in half, and this will tell you how wide to make the sides. I drew out a pattern piece for the sides of mine, using the length I wanted plus a little extra for seams and hem, and seam allowances on the side. It ended up looking like this:

Anyway, cut two of those side pieces, then you'll need to cut some strips for the top trim and the straps. I cut the top trim in two pieces (half the width around of the finished shirt), and my straps ended up being about 18 inches long. I made the width of them 3 inches (with seams, they'd end up being about 1 inch wide finished.) So then you should have all these pieces:

The next part's going to be pretty self-explanatory, hopefully.

Sew the front, back and sides together...

I did them all in a row like this:

and then sewed the last two edges together to make, essentially, a tube top like this (ignore my clashy green shirt):

Next, sew the shorter ends of the top trim pieces together to make a big circle, then pin that to the top outside of the shirt. You don't want to double it over here.

Then, on the inside of the shirt, fold in the raw edge of the trim, pin that over the seam like this (sorry for the blurry pic):

And sew it down. You'll end up with this:

If you wanted to leave it as a tube top, you could just do whatever you want with hemming here and leave it.

For the straps, first you sew the strips longway into a tube, flip it inside out, and I stitched the edges to make it lie flat. Then you try on the shirt to see where you want to place them, pin them to the inside of the shirt...

and sew them down in the front and back. I sewed on both edges of the trim.

You might want to make it a little tighter than you'll think it needs to be, because on this shirt I didn't and I already need to make the straps tighter... they keep falling down on me. Tongue

And then this is the finished shirt:


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