Here's a simple DIY tutorial on how to turn a blouse into a cute and summer tank. Click on the image to view a larger photo. All you need are the following items:
- A blouse. I used a silky button up with a crazy chain-and-belt pattern. I got this at the thrift store for 75 cents.
- A tank that you can use as a pattern. I have a striped xhileration tank that I thrifted that has a really nice fit, so I typically use it for a pattern. It also helps to use a tank that is made out of a similar material to the blouse you have selected.
- Sewing Machine
The blouse is a really nice silk material. At the thrift store, I didn't check it out too much, but while taking these photos I realized that it has a really cool label that's written in Japanese (I think, please correct me if I'm wrong!). The buttons are gold and I found them rather interesting.
|The blouse before!|
The first step I took was to lay it out evenly and make sure that it didn't have any wrinkles. I did the same with the pattern tank. Make sure that the seams are even and that the buttons of the blouse are centered in the "pattern." I left about 1/4" so that I could fold over the edges to sew them.
|Lay them out!|
Second, you'll cut around the outside of the top tank. Don't worry about the neckline just yet.
|It's nice to have an extra set of hands (paws) to help you!|
Next you'll have to cut out the necklines. This takes a little more "skill" I suppose that the other cuts, but it's still easy. All I did was place the front panel of the blouse on top of the tank and cut the neckline carefully from there. This is what you should end up with.
|Back and front!|
Now you'll have to stitch it up! Make sure that the garment is inside out. I started but stitching the side seams and then the shoulders. After you've finished those, complete the arm holes and necklines. Since the blouse is already finished at the bottom, I didn't need to sew the bottom. You're all set!
This is what you'll end up with! Try different fabrics, tank "patterns" and patterns. Have fun!