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Girl’s Tank Top Tutorial

25 Aug

Materials Needed:
T-Shirt (I used a women’s medium to get a girl’s 5T)
Sewing Machine, ruler, iron, scissors, the usual
Matching Thread
Ballpoint needle
Tank top that fits your little princess (to use as a pattern until I can figure out how to make a printable pattern)

*All the measurements I have used are for a girl’s size 5T so the measurements will have to be adjusted if you’re making larger or smaller shirts.

Step One
Grab your shirt


Fold your T-shirt in half and your tank top in half. Lay your tank top on your T-shirt matching up fold and bottom hem.

Step Two
Trace around tank top and add 1/2″ seam allowance. (Don’t add the seam allowance to the top or armholes.)

Step Three

Cut out the new tank. (Save your scraps because we will use them to make bias tape later.)

Step Four
Take the back piece of your new tank and lay your old tank on top of it. Tuck the front part in and trace onto your new tank. (To make it the same on both sides fold it in half, trace, and then cut it out while folded in half.)

Step Five
Pin your front and back pieces right sides together.

Step Six
Finish seams using 1/2″ seam allowance. I used my serger to do my seams but you could use a small zigzag . Just make sure you press your seams when you are finished sewing.
*** Very important to make sure you match the top seams perfectly.


Step Seven
Set your shirt aside for now, we are going to make some “bias tape” (you might want to check out a real tutorial on how to make this stuff. I’ll show you how I made it, but I can almost guarantee you can find an easier/better tutorial somewhere else. I don’t even know if what I’m using can really be called bias tape, maybe we should just call it the pretty neckline material to cover up the raw edges. LOL)

Okay so moving on, get out your scrap material.
You are going to need
Two – 2″x12″ pieces.
One – 2″x11 1/2″ piece for the back
One- 2″x6 1/2″ piece for the front

Iron each long side of each piece in 1/4″ and then fold in half and press.

Step Eight
Finish making all your “bias tape”? Good! 🙂 Now you can start pinning it to your tank. I started on the left side. You open the tape and sandwich the tank in the middle of the tape. (I hope that makes sense.) Make sure you start at the seam. Pin it up to the top part where the little peak thing is. (Check picture for exact placement.) Do the same to the right side.

For the back – Take your piece of “bias tape” for the back and place it right sides together with the “bias tape” that you just pinned on. Pin, sew at 1/4″ seam and press your seam open. Pin to the back and when you get to the seam do the same thing as when you started.

For the front – Take your front piece of “bias tape” and pin it inside of the “bias tape” straps.

Step Nine
Time to sew! Sew as close to the edge of your “bias tape” as possible. I started at the right strap end and sewed all the way down the right seam, then moved on to the left seam and sewed all the way down the left strap. Then you can sew across the front. When you are ready to do the back, tuck the end of your left strap into the “bias tape” 5″ from the left seam and then do the same for the right side. Sew all the way across the back.

Step Ten
Find your grumpy 5 year old and beg her to get her pic taken in the shirt nicely without whining. (Or in my case, give up and just take a picture of the shirt! LOL! Hopefully tomorrow she’ll be in a better mood and I can get some pics of the shirt in action!)

*Please Note – I am not 100% happy with the way this turned out. If anyone has any suggestions on how to make it without the lettuce edge I would love to hear from you! 🙂 Thank you for checking out the tutorial! 🙂

**Oh and I don’t mind if you make 100 of these for your little one or to give as gifts but please don’t use it to make a profit. (Not that it turned out perfect, but I did put a lot of hard work and time into it.) Thank you so much for understanding. 🙂