Monday, April 23, 2012

No-Sew T-Shirt to Tank Top Project

Hola from Mexico!

A couple days before I flew down here, I was doing a little blog browsing when I ran across a really cool tutorial for making a cute gym tank top out of an old t-shirt, which is totally perfect for me because I exercise a lot and designer workout gear is anything but cheep.  Anyway, I found the tutorial on a really cool site called Blogilates that's full of free pilates videos, tips for healthy eating, cute exercise attire, and general inspiration for living a healthy, active lifestyle.  I highly recommend it.

I decided to make my tank top out of a t-shirt that I got for free on opening night of the movie "Whip It" that is extremely large on me and, therefore, only acceptable to be worn as an inspirational nightshirt, which is a shame because I really like the message on the front.  All I needed to transform this t-shirt was a pair of scissors.

So here's how I did it:

1.  Cut off the sleeves of the t-shirt.

2.  Cut off the neckline.

3.  Cut off the bottom of the shirt, including at least a half inch of fabric above the hem.

4.  Cut a v into the back of the neckline, then flip the shirt over and cut a deeper rounded neckline into the front as well, if you would like.  This is also a good time to decide how thick you want the shoulder straps to be and re-cut the sleeves accordingly.

5.  Cut the seams from the strip of fabric that you cut off the bottom of the t-shirt so all you have left is a seamless fabric strip.  Stretch that strip out.

6.  Tie that strip of fabric in a knot around the straps in the back of the shirt, then wrap the strip around and around the straps and tie another knot at the other end.

¡Está hecho!  A new tank top is born!  Once I tried mine on, I pulled down on the bottom of the tank and it stretched out the shoulder straps a little bit which made the whole thing the perfect length.

Here is the final product:

Don't forget to check out Blogilates!
Happy exercising!
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