A recent trip to the thrift store left me with a gorgeous eyelet trimmed top. The problem? It was very unflattering. The solution? A refashion!
I actually went into the thrift store with the idea of taking a shirt with pretty fabric and turning it into something even better. This one cost me about $3 and was totally worth it, in my opinion. The crop top style I chose can work on many types of shirts which makes it easy to recreate this if you want one too! Just head on over to your local thrift shop, pick a shirt, and follow this tutorial. It’s very simple.
All you need to do this refashion is a top you want to change, a sewing machine, a measuring tape, and scissors!
Cut off the bottom of the shirt to your desired length. I cut mine so that it would fall about at my bellybutton. Then cut the sleeves off by making a straight cut down the sides of the shirt.
Cut a straight line across the top.
With some of the excess fabric that you cut off, you will need to cut two rectangles. To get the correct sizes, you will need to measure around your bust and this is the size the circumference of the top will need to be. My shirt was about 8 inches short so I made the two rectangles 4″ wide. The length will need to match the length of your shirt.
Placing the right sides together, sew the rectangles to the sides of front piece then to the back piece to create a tube.
Using leftover fabric, make straps. I went with some of the lace and measured out some straps on another tank top I have and cut mine to the same length. Since I didn’t have a piece of lace that was long enough I had to cut four pieces and sew two together for each strap.
Hem the top and bottom edges of the tank and then attach the straps. Try to sew the straps on right over top of the hem line you just stitched so that it lines up and looks cleaner.
Easy, right? I think this top looks so much better and will get a lot more wear time. It also looks good tucked into a maxi skirt. Would you try this DIY refashion? And if you dig this type of DIY, let me know in the comments and I’ll do more!