Look! Made myself a new tank this weekend! And guess what? I topstitched my binding! Aren't you proud of me? It looks very pro now. Plus, I made a little tutorial for the cool hanky hem. You can tell I like drape. Based off of this tank (via).
Athleta: $39Materials: 1 yard of jersey, scissors, sewing machine, thread, etc. You know the drill.
1. Make a racerback tank using Anna at Noodlehead's method. I have a tutorial also, but (typing fast so I won't lose my courage and not write the following sentence) her tutorial is better. Yep, there, I said it. So anyways, follow her tutorial, but don't sew the side seams yet. I did my tank a bit differently; I sewed the shoulder on one side of the tank together, bound the neckline using this method, and then bound the armholes using the same method. The construction was a bit like in this tutorial . Remember: DON'T SEW THE SIDE SEAMS YET.2. Cut out 4 right triangles. Or cut 2 squares. I think cutting a square would of been easier and it might've draped better, but it was too late. Plus, I wanted all of the edges to roll the same way, and I was too lazy to figure out how that would work in a square.
Here's an idea of how big the triangles are. I cut them freehand.
So, there are 2 ways to sew the triangles on. I did both versions, one version for each side, but I think this version is easier, so this is what I'm going to share with you.
3. With right sides together, pin the straight side of the triangle to the bottom of your shirt. Sew from the top to the bottom of the triangle. Repeat on the remaining 3 sides.
4. Pin tank, right sides together. Sew sides together. Turn right side out. It looks like... well, a tank top with 2 triangles on the sides. Oh, wait, it is.
5. Cut a small, shallow scoop out of the bottom so that it falls in a drape. You might be able to see that I cut a small dome out of the bottom. I made it a little bigger later. If you are worried about cutting through the seams and having them unravel, go back and backstitch on top of the ends of the seams.
Done! Wear your cool new tank as the warm days approach...