make a lacy, ruffled tank top!

One of the concepts of bohemian dress, that I like, is layering.

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Large long-sleeved knit and sheer top from which I cut away the opaque layer underneath.

I wanted to make a tank top with ruffles so I could add that feminine touch to any skirt outfit, so I took a thrift knit, cut it down, and added lace from the sheer layer of another top and a lace curtain panel. 🙂

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This is a simple idea, but one I wanted to do for myself, and maybe you would like to do this, too.

 

 

 

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First, I checked out one of my fave thrifts and went to their back room for 50-cent items. I got a white cotton knit that was too large for me, but that I could cut down. You may have a tank that’s already your size, which would make this project a lot easier and faster to do.

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Starting with the large cotton knit, I cut it down to my size and made it sleeveless, curved the bottom of the top, added the sheer lacy top under it on the bottom, added gathered lace strips cut from a lace curtain panel, and…voila!
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Draw a paper pattern for your neckline and arm holes using a top that you like the cut of.

I used another piece of clothing for a pattern for the neckline and sleeveless arm holes, then cut it down a little more ‘cuz I wanted a fairly low neckline, front and back—and narrow straps, so I could use it under other tops and have the ruffled bottom enhance the outer top. Of course, it can also be used as a regular outer top.

DSC_0272 - editAs always, I allowed 1/2 an inch for the hems: I turned it under a 1/4 inch, then again, so the raw edge would be inside the second fold, and sewed.

Carefully cut the sheer top straight across from just under the arm holes and line it up under the newly-made tank top, so the sheer top is under the bottom edge of the tank. Or, you can use wide lace.

(The reason I like to use parts of clothing is because it’s cheaper than buying expensive trims from a fabric store! I got the two-layered top for 50-cents, and the lace curtain for $1.19/ lb, which, since it is so lightweight, was hardly anything.)

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Put a notebook, or something, between the front and back layers as you work so you won’t pin the front and back together. After you pin the sheer fabric to the bottom of the tank, sew it all around.

Cut strips of lace curtain (irregularly, to give it more character), pin it in place, gathered, to the bottom of the tank just above the other lace, and sew, so it makes a ruffle.

Enjoy putting it in outfits!

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