Happy Summer + DIY Tank Tops

do it yourself

It’s finally officially summer! To get in the spirit of the new season (not like I needed to) The boy and I spent Sunday afternoon refashioning some tees into tank tops.

1 // I’ve been hoarding this crazy cool printed shirt I got thrifting for a long while–so glad I waited to cut it up because I love it in this style. What are these kind of shirts even called? ‘Side exposing shirt?’ ‘Slouchy tank?’ I have no idea. I’ve always wanted a tank like this to secretly show the tattoo on my ribs [Is it weird that out of my 6 tattoos my very first one is still my favorite?] Sometimes it makes me sad that I can’t see it :)

I just measured down from the bottom of the sleeves a few inches, followed the bottom line to the top of the sleeves seam & cut the sleeves off. Now that you have a shirt with wide armholes–keep trying the shirt on and cut the arm holes lower & lower until you’re happy with it. I say to gradually keep cutting so you don’t take off too much! You want to make sure there’s still enough coverage in the front. Then cut the neckband off and cut a new neckline. Super easy.

2 // For the guys tank, or a regular girls tank, we just traced a tank top that fit well and cut the sleeves and neckline accordingly. I sewed some tshirt ribbing on for a finished look.

3 // For this shirt, I chopped the top of the tee off below the sleeves & sewed contrast black knit fabric to the top. I used a standard t-shirt pattern (Burdastyle) but omitted the sleeves & took the sides in a bit. Added some buttons at the end.

Fun fact: I NEVER wear flip flops unless i’m at the beach or something. I’m more of a sneakers/flats girl all the way. Why am I wearing them in these pictures? Look what you did to me, summer.

Also, while taking these pictures we were reminded about how mosquitos existed. I had almost forgotten. Boo!

I’m going to make a couple skirts next! What summer DIYs are you working on?

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  • Sonya says:

    I’ve never owned a pair of flip flops…but I’m starting to consider it. They’d be so convenient.

    I can’t sew well at all, so I tend to stick to the basic cut tank top style, but I really like that third one, so I might have to get better so I can make one of my own.

    • Amie says:

      I have one pair of flip flops– which is especially strange because here in Long Island it’s basically flip-flop city, heh. Sometimes you need them to just run outside or to the store or something!

      You could make the third shirt easier if you’re not in the mood for much sewing. Take two old shirts that fit you well and combine them in the same fashion– huzzah!

  • Aubrey says:

    I love the V for Vendetta shirt – I’m a huge V fan and a fan of Alan Moore in general. In fact, I recently shared a picture with my Guy Fawkes mask. Love what you did with these shirts.

  • nikkiana says:

    I’ve been thinking about doing this to some of my t-shirts lately… I have so many, but no tank tops… Would be an easy solution!

  • Kelly @ Kiwi Womens Style says:

    Sonya has never owned flipflops (or jandals as we call them in NZ) – they are an icon here!

    Love your refashioning and that you showed it for the boys! Thanks for sharing with WW xo

    • Amie says:

      Jandals? hah that’s a new one for me! Same here in my part of NY– people wear them throughout all seasons, too!

      Thanks Kelly :)

  • christa says:

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Found you on the Collective Blog Hop! :)

  • Janise says:

    Stopping by from THE Collective Social Blog Hop to say hi. Thank you for linking up. Have a fabulous day!

    Janise (co-host of The Collective Social Blog Hop)

  • Aryan says:

    You look nice in flip flops and nice hair :)

  • Aryan says:

    Also nice tats

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