The process of resizing a tank top is simple. Before you begin, figure out what you like best about the top (maybe the length is just right). Maybe you don’t want to lose some images) and exactly what you don’t want to lose (maybe the neckline is too low, or the armholes are gaping).
After you’ve chosen what needs to change and what doesn’t, all that’s left is to figure out what changes are required and get started.
How do You Resize a Tank Top?
Most adjustments don’t necessitate extensive sewing abilities, and some can even be completed without the use of a sewing machine.
Next, we’ll look at some of the most prevalent reasons for tank top resizing… and how to carry them out
How to Alter a Tank Top That’s Too Big
If your tank top is too big, a professional tailor should be able to make it fit perfectly in no time. But why pay someone else when you can do it yourself for less money, easier, and faster at home?
Re-sizing a tank top is one of the simplest sewing challenges you can take on if you know which way the needle is facing. This is how you do it.
- Step 1: Try on the tank top with the incorrect side facing out. Adjust the shoulder straps until you’re satisfied with the length. Secure with a pin.
- Pinch the fabric underneath one of the arms, tighten to the appropriate fit, and pin along the armhole seam. Rep on the opposite side.
- Step 3 – Tighten the cloth 2 inches below where the first underarm pin was inserted. Pin. Rep on the opposite side. Continue to tighten and pin the rest of the top, alternating between the left and right sides.
- Step 4 – Adjust the length and width by folding the hem up to the appropriate length and pinning it in place.
- Step 5 – Carefully remove the tank top, avoiding pricking yourself on the pins.
- Step 6: Turn the tank top inside out and lay it flat. Make sure the modifications you’ve made are even on both sides of the top. If necessary, adjust the pins.
- Step 7: Using a stretch stitch or a zigzag stitch, begin stitching the tank top at the shoulder straps. Using the pins as a guide, continue stitching down the lengths of the top. With a 14 inch seam allowance, sew the hem.
- Step 8: Try the top on to make sure it fits. Make any necessary changes. Cut away any excess fabric once you’re satisfied with the new size. Sew a stretch overlock stitch over the seam allowances to finish.
Making a Tank Top Bigger
Is it as simple to make a tank top smaller as it is to make one larger? Is that even possible? Yes, yes, yes… Although you may need to be a little inventive in your approach.
Of course, if the top has a lot of surplus fabric in the seam allowances, you can just untangle it. If you want to shake things up a little, consider one of these approaches instead.
Add Slits — If the notion of sewing makes you sweat, there’s a simple solution: slits. This procedure will keep the garment in its original state, which is ideal if it’s made of a soft material or has any graphics you don’t want to ruin. It’s entirely up to you where the slits go. Cut them into the sides for a loose, flowy look, or cut them down the front from the neckline for a more comfortable fit around the bust.
Add a Panel – If your tank top is both too small and too uninteresting, add additional panels to brighten it up. Simply cut the necessary slits (one long, vertical slit in the back or two slits on each side) before placing triangular-shaped fabric pieces into the slits.
How to Alter Tank Top Straps
Tank tops are often associated with casual wear, yet the right style may be worn to the office as well as to the beach. However, there is one flaw: the neckline. What is OK on weekends may be completely incorrect during the week. Worse yet, the gap between the two can be as little as one or two inches.
Don’t worry if your tank is a little too low to wear to the office. A few changes to the straps can transform the entire design and suddenly elevate any camisole or beater to work-worthy status.
- Step 1: Put the tank on from the inside out.
- Step 2: Adjust the straps until you’re happy with the fit. Pin in place, making sure the seam runs along the center.
- Step 3: Take out the tank. Mark both sides of the seam where the pins are using a fabric pen.
- Step 4: Take the pins out and align the lines on both shoulders. To stitch along the lines, use a stretch stitch or a zigzag pattern.
- Step 5: Trim any excess fabric from the seam allowance, open the seam, and pin the edges together to make it lay flat. Rep on the opposite side.
- Stitch a stretch overlock stitch over the seam allowances to finish.
How to Twist Tank Top Straps
Are you sick of your tank top’s design? Then add some twisted straps to give it a fresh new look. It’s cute, it’s new, and it only takes a few minutes to make.
- Step 1: Cut both straps along the existing seam. The front straps should be twisted in the opposite direction as the neckline.
- Step 2 – Use a 1/4′′ topstitch to re-stitch the shoulder seam in place after making sure both sides are even. Fabric adhesive can be used instead of stitching if you prefer.
How to Alter a Racerback Tank Top
Racerback tank shirts are highly flexible, comfy, and simple to wear. They can look shapeless and ill-fitting if you’ve lost weight or mistakenly acquired a tank that’s a little roomier than you’d prefer.
If your tank isn’t up to par in terms of style, a few tweaks should do the trick. If you prefer, you can try on the tank as usual, pin it to the new size, and then stitch or serge a new seam.
You might attempt this easy option instead if you want to try something different (and provided you have another racerback tank that fits perfectly).
- Step 1: Press the seam of a well-fitting tank flat on a flat surface. Place the tank you want to change over the top, shoulders aligned. Both tanks should be turned upside down.
- Step 2: Trace the outline of the smaller tank around the larger tank to show which portions should be deleted. Tailor’s chalk or a washable cloth pen can be used.
- Step 3: Using the lines as a guide, sew a new seam. If you don’t have a serger, stitch a fresh seam with your sewing machine. Remember to remove any excess fabric and finish the new seam allowance by opening the seam, pinning the edges flat, and using a stretch overlock stitch over the seam allowances if you sew rather than serge.
How do I Turn an Oversized Shirt Into a Tank Top?
No matter how huge your t-shirt drawer is, you’re bound to get bored with its contents at some point. Instead of going to the trouble and expense of purchasing yet another t-shirt to add to your collection, why not modify one you already own? A basic t-shirt can be transformed into a lovely little tank with a few modifications. Check out the simple tutorial to learn how.
- Step 1: Mark out the sections of the t-shirt that need to be trimmed before you start snipping away with the scissors. If you want a tie front top, you’ll need to draw cutting lines at the sleeves and collar, but you could also want to add slanted lines from the bottom hem up to the center front of the shirt (producing an upside-down triangular look).
- Step 2: Iron the t-shirt to perfection. Cutting sharp, accurate lines in a wrinkle-free, smooth fabric is far easier than cutting several folds.
- Step 3: Cut along the lines with fabric scissors. Give the shirt a light tug once you’ve finished cutting to assist the raw edges roll up on themselves (you can always stitch new hems in place if you like neat lines). This approach for making a “rolled hem” is the easiest if you want to keep things casual. That’s it — in just a few minutes, you have a whole new tank.
How to Make Tank Top Armholes Smaller
Although slouchy is in style, there’s a narrow line between slouchy and ill-fitting, and that line is generally crossed when dealing with an oversized armhole. If the armholes of your tank are displaying a bit too much, a few minor adjustments will easily save them (and your modesty).
You have three possibilities when it comes to making tank top armholes smaller:
Option 1: Add a Dart – If your tank top’s armholes are gaping, a dart will quickly bring them into line. Simply turn the tank inside out and pinch the area that has to be taken in. Using a narrow zigzag, sew the fold into a dart. Keep in mind that the dart may slightly alter the style lines; if you can live with that, you’ll find it to be the easiest and quickest solution.
Option 2: Add a Band – If you don’t want to add a dart to your tank, consider adding some extra fabric in the form of a band or binding.
Begin by pinching the fabric in the same way as you would for a dart. Mark the armhole 1 inch past the fold with a fabric marker. Make your binding or band as small as possible in comparison to the current armhole (e.g. if you pinch a 1-inch dart, the band should be around 2 inches smaller than the armhole). Sew the band or binding in place, stretching it out as far as possible in the gaping region.
Option 3: Add an Elastic Edge – Using elastic to bring a gaping armhole to heel is a simple solution. Simply cut the elastic to a few inches smaller than the armhole (depending on how much you want to’shrink’ it) and stitch it in place, being sure to stretch it out as much as possible around the gaping region. Job done!
How to Crop a Tank Top
Cropping a tank top can completely transform its appearance. It’s also one of the most straightforward and straightforward ways to upcycle your wardrobe: simply measure how much you want to eliminate, draw a line to establish the new hemline, press the top, and start cutting. You don’t even need to stitch the new hem in place if you don’t want to – just stretch the fabric a little and it’ll roll up on its own.
That’s the basic version, although you may want to be a little more creative on occasion. Try this simple guide to transform your tank into a pretty, designer-inspired crisscross style crop.
- Step 1: Try on the top. Measure a line a few inches below where your bra strap stops at the back of the tank. Unless you’re really adaptable, you might want to have someone else draw the line for you.
- Step 2 – Take off the tank top and cut out the back, following the defined line and the seam line (which can be left in place).
- Step 3: Make a mark in the centre of the tank top’s front. From the neckline to the hem, the tank top is cut all the way down the front. The front of your house should be entirely exposed.
- Step 4 – Now that you’ve finished the shell of your crop top, experiment with different methods to tie it. Remember to tuck the top edges under once you’ve finished wrapping for a neat line.