Friday, August 31, 2012

DIY: knotted tank top

This is a stellar DIY to make a tied tank top - a twist on the original DIY from The Craft Caboodle here. Revamp something old in your closet or, as in this case, take a unisex shirt & make it more feminine. I used my Size Matters tee from the shop, which is also now on sale (woohoo!). I suggest buying one size up from your usual wear since you'll be pulling it tight. Once you've got your shirt, you've got step 1 down...

Step 1 // Grab a tee.

Step 2 // While wearing your shirt, make a tiny mark (sharpie, pencil, whatever works!) where you want the future knot to be. The higher you cut, the shorter your top will be. Take off your tee and lay it on a flat surface. Using (fabric, if possible) scissors, cut a straight line slit from the bottom of the shirt to your mark. Cut the front of your shirt only - NOT the back. Remember, you can always cut more. 

Step 3 // If you wish to change up the sleeves: put your shirt on and mark where how much shorter you'd like the sleeves to be. Lay it out on a flat surface and cut a straight, slightly diagonal line. Use the existing edge of the shirt as guidance for the angle. Make sure you don't cut through the armpit!

Step 4 // For a sleeveless tank: mark how thick you'd like the tank strap to be while wearing it with a point on the top of your shoulder. Lay it out on a flat surface. Use one of your existing tank tops as a guide for where you should cut the curved shape.

Step 5 // You can also cut the collar piece out as I did for my tied tank. Turn your tee inside out. Cut a slit & then cut as close as you can along the collar all the way around. I would suggest cutting one layer of fabric at a time, but go with your gut!

Get the look...

my Remedy Size Matters tee & Summer Strawberries earrings (red strawberries just sold out, but pink is still available!) - both on sale right now, thrifted shorts (DIY tutorial here), gifted rings & Rocket Dog peeped toe shoes. If your tank is oversize like mine, rock it with a bandeau.

Lemme know if you try this DIY out!
Give it up for summer & have a sweet weekend,
xx. Jillian


  1. you are too cute, girl! loving this simple look, and a fun new way to knot tie shirts ;)
    xo TJ

  2. This is a great diy, thanks for sharing!

  3. Cute! I've just recently got the nerve up to start cutting the collars out of my tee shirts. Maybe this will be next!


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