Thursday, July 4, 2013

Refashioning the Basic Black Tank

My second refashion this month involved two tops.
Before Unflattering Top and Basic Tank
The top on the left was one my mom bought for me when I was pregnant. It wasn’t an actual maternity top, but bloused out in the front like one. I try to avoid clothing that solicits the “When are you due?” question.
The top on the right is one I bought on clearance for $2.49. Just a basic black tank.
I loved the turquoise lace thing on the front of the blousy top, so I seam ripped that out. Next I sprayed it with quilt basting spray and stuck it onto the back of the tank.
Tank Refashion, Adhere Lace Insert with Quilting Spray
You could probably skip this step, but I didn’t want to deal with any shifting. I also pinned it for good measure.
I took the tank over to my sewing machine. I dialed the machine’s speed down and took it nice and slow. Then I stitched on the outside edge of the insert with a straight stitch.
Tank Refashion, Inside View After Stitching
Here’s a view of the inside.
Tank Refashion, Outside After Stitching
Here’s the outside after stitching. You can stop right here if you’d like. I had plans of wearing this tank on date night with the hubby, so I wanted to give it a little more va-va-voom.
I carefully cut out the tank under the lace close to the stitch line.
Tank Refashion Featuring Lace Insert
Much better! I am so glad I was able to incorporate that turquoise insert somewhere. I love the color paired with the black tank.
What do you think, did you like it better before or after the back was cut out?
Are you refashioning along? If so leave a link in the comments, I’d love to see what you are up to!

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  1. You are so talented.The tank top was boring first, but it looks so much better now. Love to see the stuff you come up with :')

    1. Thank you! I am so glad it worked out the way I had imagined. (Does not happen all the time...)

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    1. Thank you! I like the "business in the front, party in the back"!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this!!!!!!! So creative and love it better with the cut out. This def gives me ideas. Good job!

    1. Thank you! This is one of my favorite refashions so far.

  4. Love the final version. Looks great!