Remember when I shared this pic on Instagram? Today I’m going to share with you how easy this top was to make! The best part? It was basically free because I used an old t-shirt that didn’t fit me anymore!
All you need is an old t-shirt (a junior’s or women’s style size small or medium works well), scissors, and a sewing machine. You could probably even sew this by hand because it really is that simple. No surging or zigzag stitches.
This project is very similar to the sundress I made last summer using an old t-shirt. The main difference is that I didn’t use bias tape to make the ties. Instead, I used a piece of the t-shirt and threaded it through a hem at the top (not sure if that is the correct terminology, so hopefully these photos will help explain).
I started out by cutting the sleeves off an old t-shirt.
Then I cut straight across the top just under the neck of the t-shirt.
Next I cut off the hem and then cut a couple of strips off the bottom to use as the tie strings. Stretch the strings out really well until the edges curl.
I placed one of the strings across the top and folded the edge over it and pinned it in place. Then I just sewed along the edge, taking care not to sew the string so that it can slip through. Then I did the same thing on the back.
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. I switched shirts on you. I made one for each kid and this image turned out better than the one of the pink shirt! 🙂
Then put it on the kid! I’m calling this a “summer tunic” because it is a little longer than a regular tank top and a little shorter than a dress.
THAT’S IT! Can you believe how incredibly simple this is??
The other shirt I used had a v-neck, so I made this one a bit differently. Instead of cutting the top of straight across, I just cut the finished edge of the neck off.
Then I cut a bit off the tops of the sleeves. I just held the shirt up to my little one to determine how much I needed to cut off.
I used the same method as before with the v-neck.
This is basically the exact same thing as the tank top. This kiddo is only 18 months old though, so the top is much longer on her. I left it long so she can wear it as a dress. As she grows I can replace the tie with a longer one to make it a tank top!
If the dress/tunic is too wide right at the armpits, you can use the super easy method explained here for fixing that.
This was seriously, so so easy. I made these two during naptime!
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