Wednesday, November 4, 2009

DIY Wednesday: No-sew ruffled tank top


I didn't intend for this project to be a no-sew, but I'm an ambivalent crafter. I removed the sleeves from an extremely large silver polyester top and couldn't decide whether to turn them into a fabric corsage or a ruffled collar. So I tried pinning on the collar. And it looked OK. So I'll wear this for awhile, then pin a corsage, and then someday I'll make up my mind and this will be a sewing project.

For all of you out there who lack thread or decision-making skills, here's how to do it:

I started off with a free tank top and a free blouse in a complementary color. Look for a blouse with a silky texture.


I removed the sleeves and took advantage of the fact that they were already sewn along one edge. I bunched up the fabric at intervals of about an inch or two and safety-pinned the fabric to the collar of the shirt - one sleeve for the front and the second sleeve for the back. I tucked the raw ends and the cuffs under.

To make this permanent, simply hand-stitch the gathers to the shirt and remove the pins.


18 comments:

  1. I like this! I also like that you didn't make it permanent so you can refashion this into a corsage or whatever else! I'm all about maximum flexibility.

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  2. So neat! I posted this on my sidebar today! I am all about the temporary alterations! That way you don't commit to using your favorite ribbon up :o)

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  3. Thanks Disney. Check out Disney's blog Ruffles and Stuff for very cool low-cost alterations to clothes, pillows, jewelry, etc.

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  4. Very nice. Femme, sophisticated, great color and sheen.

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  5. very cute. the new collar completely transforms that tank!

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  6. I am so impressed. Very Anthropologie and J Crew this year. You are cutting edge! At least here in almost middle America.

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  7. I actually got the idea from J. Crew. You are soooo in touch, even for a non-middle American.

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  8. This looks so beautiful. I think the fabric you used for the collar is a big part of the success - lovely!

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  9. This is so awesome!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-easy-gathered-puff-neckline-for-a-tee-or-tank/2011/04/22/

    --Anne

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  10. I Love this!! and so feminine. Thanks for Sharing!!
    Nancy

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  11. It looks very elegant, what a great way to give new life to a plain tank top!

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  12. Hi,

    I've linked to this project on AllFreeSewing.com. I think it's a great no sew project our readers will love to make. Here's the link:

    http://www.allfreesewing.com/No-Sew-Projects/No-Sew-Ruffled-Summer-Top


    If you have any questions or would like to see more of your projects on the site, please feel free to contact me.

    Thanks!

    Kirsten
    Editor
    AllFreeSewing.com

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    1. Love, love, love it and the color is beautiful!

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  13. THIS IS SOOOO CUTE...YOU CAN WEAR IT WITH JEANS, FOR THAT TOM-BOY-GIRLISH LOOK.

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  14. LoVe It! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  15. Love this project!!! Easy "no sew" project that is right up my "i can't sew" alley! :) love the detachableness if it so that you switch out for different looks! Thanks for sharing Bromeliad! :)

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  16. Thanks for the ideas, so inspiring , im about to dive into my old clothes and atempt this... chears

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  17. This is Fantastic, im about to dive into my clothes and try it out. Thanks for the motivation ,,, really what i needed... chears

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