Thursday, June 16, 2011

DIY Racerback Tank Top Tutorial






I went to Michael's and got a t-shirt and scrapbooking paper (used for my paper chain bracelet) and this is what I made with the t-shirt.

materials: t-shirt, scissors

1. Cut off neckband and lower the neckline if needed.

2. Cut off sleeves and make straps thinner if you want.

3. Turn it over and cut out a slight racerback. I did freehand.

4. Cut a deep v down from the neckline in the back, making the tip of the v going down onto the racerback.

5. Cut off the hem, and then cut of the stitching above the hem to get a very long strip. Stretch the strip, and tie the 2 shoulders together in the back, starting about 2" above the tip of the v. Wind it around like so and tie a knot.

6. If you have annoying wrinkles above your wound t-shirt strip like this--


--cut them off.
7. And you're done. Perfect for summer or a swimsuit coverup or anything you want it to be!

Can you tell I'm kind of tired in this post? It's pretty short and the steps are pretty much only one sentence long. Except for steps 3, 5, and 7. Plus I have only 1 exclamation point in the whole post in step 7. Please excuse me. I'm hungry.
Good-bye.

**Edit: I didn't explain the knot-tying part very well; you can see more info if you scroll down to comment #11 and #12.**

17 comments:

  1. I did something like this then tie died it :D

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  2. Oooh cute! Thanks for sharing~

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  3. hey how do you start a blog, does it cost money? and super cute!!!

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  4. This is great! Thanks for the tutorial. These kept me alive in the heat and humidity of Central America last summer. Time to make a few more!

    xo
    jane
    harleyandjane.blogspot.com

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  5. thanks everyone! And anonymous, no, making a blog on blogger is free, but of course you can add extras if you pay :)

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  6. when you wash the shirt does it get messed up at all? like the tie in the back or do the edges of the shirt next to the parts that were cut off get frayed?

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    1. nope; if you tie the knot tight enough it won't come undone, and jersey (t-shirt material) does not fray, it only curls, but i think the curling looks sort of cool :)

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  7. how did you tie it? i am getting a bit confused. was it wrapped and then pulled through? thanks :)

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    1. sorry, guess it wasn't very clear. first i tied it tightly around the top w/ a basic overhand knot, like the first step to tie your shoes, and then i wound the strip around the shoulders. when i finished winding, i tied another overhand knot, and then pulled/tucked the strip in. thanks for the good question! :)

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    2. also, i wrapped over the short tail (i know the pic doesn't show it); the one from tying the strip around the shoulders the first time.

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    3. The pic on pintrest is like a fishtail?

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  8. Hahahaha I did this with an old souvenir T-shirt I got like 2 years ago and it turned out great!! But I also added a little glitter/fabric paint to the worn our design...thanks for the great tutorial!! :)

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  9. I have no creative ability at all and I was still able to do this. Kind of surprised!!

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  10. That is so cool! It looks like a legit, store-bought shirt! I have GOT to try this!

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