Restyle4Life

Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Island Inspired Tank Top

on July 4, 2013

My daughter and I thrifted this skirt. She really hasn’t taken to thrifting so I was surprised when she picked this out. She loved the island inspired print so we decided it would make a nice top. At first the intention was to turn it into a tube top, then I got a little more creative.

original thrifted skirt-love the colours and print

original thrifted skirt-love the colours and print

I started by removing the ruffle along the bottom with my seam ripper, then I chopped off some of the length and sewed the new bottom hem. The elastic fit perfectly so I didn’t need to make any adjustments (yay! love that!) I cut and resewed the lining to shorten it as well. Next, I sewed the ruffle to the top. This took some trial and error to get it even. I thought it’d be a little easier but the ruffle was somewhat curved.

Next, I began on the straps. I had intended to use the leftover floral print for the straps but the first time I cut the strips I made them too narrow and had a hard time turning them right side out so decided to use the leftover lining material to make new straps.

I pinned and sewed those in place and aloha! A new flowy, breezy tank top was born.

The finished ruffle tank

The finished ruffle tank

Back view-I suppose I could've continued the ruffle along the back as well but I thought it might look too busy.

Back view-I suppose I could’ve continued the ruffle along the back as well but I thought it might look too busy.

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