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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Re-Fashioned Girl's Tank:.

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Have you been waiting patiently since yesterday to learn how to make one of these darling shirts? Or more than one, if you're like me and have more than one girl that you sew for. We require double of everything around these parts!

The measurements I use here are for a 3T shirt. You can adjust them to fit whatever size you are making.

What you need:

- t-shirt (love me some cheapo Wal-Mart shirts!)
- fabric (I got 1/3 yard for this project)
- elastic
- sewing machine/accessories

I cut all of my stuff before I took the picture, so here's the breakdown of how I cut everything.

- Shirt: I took my rotary cutter and straight edged ruler and cut a diagonal piece of the shirt off. Don't cut too close to the seam where the sleeve is; you need a little bit to work with when sewing the ruffle on. Also cut the sleeve off, but leave a little bit to hem under.

- Ruffle: 4 inches x width of fabric

- Band: 4 inches x width of shirt plus about 2 inches

- Ties: 3 inches x width of fabric

Okay, let's get started. Take your band piece and zig zag or serge both long edges.

Hem up one edge about 1/4 inch.

Pin your un-hemmed edge to the bottom edge of the shirt - right sides together. Make sure you leave your ends hanging off evenly.

Sew around the edge of the t-shirt, attaching the band and shirt together.

Flip it over and top stitch it down. At this same time, you're going to sort of hem the top edge hanging off the side. Does that make sense???

Here's what it looks like to help.

Now take those flaps hanging off the sides, fold them over once, and then again and sew them down.

Put your shirt aside, and get your tie pieces. Fold them in half, length wise, right sides together, and sew down one side, leaving a small, two inch opening at the top. Also sew one end shut.

Pull it through, tuck your open ends in, and top stitch all the way around.

Pin your ties to your flaps.

Sew them on, then tie a cute little bow.

Time to head to the top of the shirt. Take that little sleeve and hem it under.

Now it's time to work on the ruffle. You'll want to zig zag or serge one edge and hem it up, then connect the ends.

Now here is where I'm going to leave you on your own. The way I did this ruffle is from a pattern that I bought, and I don't feel that it would be fair for me to share how to make it and attach it on. Feels dishonest. I'm sure all you lovely seamstresses can figure out how to do it or already know how, right? :)

And now you have your darling, adorable shirt for your darling, adorable gal!

Looks pretty cute, doesn't it?

Like I said, we do double of things around here! We couldn't leave little sister out!

New shirts are very exciting at our house.

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  1. Your girls are so cute!! And the tops are absolutely adorable. I love the one shoulder style on these.

  2. SO cute! Love the color combo! And your Angels are getting big fast!

  3. thanks for sharing would love to make something this for my princess thanks for sharing come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  4. these turned out SOOO cute. AWESOME JOB! I will be heading to walmart to get me some t's. Did you use sleeveless or cut of both sleeves? How wide and long was your top piece that you ruffled? and I never saw where you used the elastic? Was it at the top?
    THanks for sharing!

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Great refashion, and wonderful tutorial!

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 80 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!

  7. Darling girls dressing in darling frills! Just found you via twitter & will find my way back on a Monday... when I have something new to share!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  8. I love this idea, very cute having the girls coordinate too.

  9. Sumo - this tank is so adorable. The one shoulder ruffle is too cute! Fabulous and I want one for myself! Thank you so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I featured this on Sunday! Hope you have a lovely week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  10. Completely LOVE this refashion! Having a quick Tank Refashion Party (inspired by Old Navy's sale this weekend) and would LOVE it if you linked up this awesome idea!


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