DIY Tank Top – How to Sew a Tank Top
I’d been meaning to make a couple summer tanks for a while but hadn’t gotten around to it. The perfect fabric for this tutorial was found at a local thrift shop, and there were at least two continuous yards.
DIY Tank Top Tips
For a beautiful and breathable material, use natural fabrics like cotton or linen, and always try on your tank top and adjust as needed – this is a great place to learn basic sewing skills.
DIY Tank Top Supplies
Cotton, linen, or a linen/cotton blend, 1.5-2.5 yards
Create a DIY tank top pattern
How To Make A Tank Top: Trace around a tank top that fits well to create a pattern. The front and back pieces of your tank will essentially be the same size/shape, with the exception that the front neckline will plunge much lower than the back.
Make a master pattern copy
Cut out the first draft on a piece of fabric you don’t mind if it’s a flop, so you can double-check the shape before hacking into expensive linen. Once you have that perfect shape, you’ll want to save the master pattern copy.
Darts are fabric folds that give a little more shape around curvy parts of the body, such as the bust. To make them, measure two inches down from the armpit and fold a 3/4u2033 fold. Trim that area down so that you have nice straight lines.
Put the tank together
Sew a 1/4u2033 seam down both sides and at the top of each strap, making sure the straps, armpit area, and side seams are all lined up. Make sure the front and back pieces are on top of each other before sewing them together.
Try it on for fit
If the fit is awkward, try adjusting the strap length, neckline, and bottom curve. If the fit is so wonky that you can’t get a good fit, make a copy of the original pattern piece so you can easily troubleshoot.
Finish all the raw edges
Cut a 1u2033 wide strip of fabric and line it up with the neckline, leaving about 1u2033 of overlap. Sew all the way around the pressed edge, then all the way around the folded edge to hide the raw edges from the trip you used to finish off the back.
Finish the opening in the back
Finish the raw edges of the opening in the back with a 1u2033 strip of fabric, sewn in place while covering up the top of the strip that you used to finish the opening, with the strip’s overhang finishing the neckline.
Finish the arm holes
Attach the armholes to the tank with a 1u2033 strip of fabric. These need to be attached in a circular fashion, so I like to leave the ends near the side seam and attach them right sides together. Use a 1/4-inch piece of fabric for the lining, just like the neckline and the opening in the back of the tank.
Sew the hem
Sew a very narrow hem around the bottom of the tank top to reduce bulk and allow it to lay better. I like to sew the easy way, with no pins and as little pressing as possible.
Finished Dimensions of my DIY tank top
My finished tank top is 24u2033 from the top of the strap all the way down to the hemline, 19u2033 from one armpit to the other, and then it just tapers to the bottom from there. I’m 5u2032 5u2033 with a long torso and about 130 pounds.
Add a ruffle to the bottom. Create straight lines instead of an a-line shape. Put buttons down the front. Put buttons down the back. Add pretty little flutter sleeves.
Check out my other sewing tutorials for women
Let me know if you make your own clothes and what you’ve tried in the comments section below.
Can you sew without a pattern?
One of the best places to start is with your own wardrobe. Take a close look at your favorite outfits and, if possible, disassemble them to see exactly how they’re put together, and use the pieces as guides for cutting your own.
What should I sew for beginners?
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The strappy narrow chemise is the simplest to make. Simply sew a long strip of fabric together, leaving a gap at the bottom to form a split that makes it easier to walk in, then sew on two lace or ribbon straps or four pieces of ribbon to tie at the shoulders.