Resizing a tank top isn't a complicated business. Before starting, work out exactly what you like about the top (perhaps the length is hitting just the right spot. Maybe there are some graphics that you don’t want to lose) and exactly what you don’t (maybe the neckline is too low, or the armholes are gaping).
Once you’ve decided what needs to change and what doesn’t, it’s then simply a case of working out what alterations are going to be needed and getting started.
Most alterations don’t require any advanced sewing skills, and some can even be done without sewing at all.
Up next, we’ll look at a few of the most common reasons for re-sizing a tank top… and how to do them.
If your tank top is too big, a professional tailor should have it fitting like a glove in no time. But why pay someone else when you could do it yourself at home, cheaply, easily, and quickly?
Providing you know which way of a needle is up, re-sizing a tank top is one of the easiest sewing challenges you can set yourself. Here’s how to do it.
Making a tank top smaller is one thing, but is making one bigger just as easy? Or even possible at all? Yes and yes… although you might need to get a little creative about how you do it.
Of course, if the top has plenty of excess fabric tied up in the seam allowances, you could simply let it out. If, on the other hand, you want to mix things up a little, you could try one of these methods instead.
Add Slits - If the thought of sewing makes you break out in a sweat, there’s an easy solution – slits. This method will preserve the garment as it is – perfect if it’s made from a super-comfortable material or has any graphics you don’t want to mess with. Where you place the slits is up to you. You could try cutting them into the sides for a loose, flowy style, or down the front from the neckline to give a more comfortable fit around the bust.
Add a Panel - If your tank top's both too small and too boring, give it a bright new look with some panels. Simply make the necessary slits (you can either do one long, vertical slit at the back or add two slits at the side) before inserting triangular-shaped pieces of fabric into the slits.
Some people might think of tank tops as leisurewear, but the right style can work as well in the office as on the beach. But there’s a problem… the neckline. What’s fine on the weekend can be widely inappropriate during the week. Worse still, the difference between the two can be as little as one or two inches.
If your tank is just a little too low to wear to the office, don’t despair. A few alterations to the straps can make a big difference to the overall look, and instantly make any camisole or beater worthy of work.
Bored with the style of your tank top? Then give it a brand-new look with some twisted straps. It’s cute, it’s fresh, and it can be done in minutes.
Racerback tank tops are versatile, comfortable, and incredibly easy to wear. But if you’ve lost some weight or accidentally bought a tank that’s just a little roomier than you’d like, they can easily look shapeless and ill-fitting.
If your tank isn’t meeting your style standards, a few modifications should soon do the trick. If you prefer, you can follow the usual method of trying the tank on, pinning to the new size, and then either sewing or serging a new seam.
If you want to try something a little different (and providing you have another racerback tank that fit’s like a dream), you could try this easy alternative instead.
No matter how big your t-shirt drawer, the chances are you get a little bored with its contents from time to time. But rather go to the effort and expense of buying yet another t-shirt to add to the collection, why not customize one you already have instead? With a few tweaks, a plain t-shirt can be turned into a cute little tank. Check out how with the easy to follow tutorial.
Slouchy may be fashionable, but there’s a fine line between slouchy and ill-fitting – and that line usually comes into play when you’re dealing with an oversized armhole. If the armholes of your tank are revealing a little more than you’d like, you can easily rescue them (and your modesty) with a few little tweaks.
When it comes to making tank top armholes smaller, you’ve got one of three options:
Option 1: Add a Dart - If the armholes of your tank top are gaping, adding a dart should soon bring them into line. Simply flip the tank inside out and pinch the amount of fabric that needs to be taken in. Sew the fold into a dart using a narrow zigzag. Bear in mind that the dart will change the style lines to some degree – if you can put up with that, you’ll find it the easiest, quickest solution.
Option 2: Add a Band - If you don’t want to add a dart to your tank, you might want to consider adding some extra fabric into it with either a band or binding.
Start by pinching the fabric in the same way you would if you were making a dart. Use a fabric pen to mark the armhole around 1-inch past the fold. Cut out your binding or band so that’s it’s that much smaller than the existing 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, being sure to ease it out as much as possible in the area that’s gaping.
Option 3: Add an Elastic Edge - Elastic is an easy way to bring a gaping armhole to heel. Simply mark out your dart in the same way as the previous option, cut the elastic to a couple of inches smaller than the armhole (depending on how much you want to ‘shrink’ it by) and sew in place, making sure to stretch it out as much as possible around the area that’s gaping the most. Job done!
Cropping a tank top can give it a whole new lease of life. It’s also one of the easiest and simplest ways of upcycling your wardrobe – simply measure how much you want to remove, draw a line to make the new hemline, press the top, then get cutting. You don’t even have to sew the new hem in place if you don’t want to – simply give the fabric a little stretch, and it’ll create a rolled hem all by itself.
That’s the basic version, but sometimes, you might want to get a little more creative. To turn your tank into a cute, designer inspired crisscross style crop, try this easy tutorial.