Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Reversible Tank Top DIY Tutorial

Today I have a fun and simple DIY project to share.
This is the perfect first clothing project for a sewing beginner as it requires no pattern, doesn't need a closure of any kind, and should need no alterations.  I recommend using lightweight wovens or lace materials for this project.
First you will need to grab a flowy (or oversized) tank top from your closet.  Pick something that you like the fit of.  The two most important things about your reference tank top should be that you can get it on easily by just pulling it on over your head and that the fabric has little to no stretch.  Since the tank top you are making will fit both of these criteria, it is important that your reference does as well.**
In order for your front and back pieces to be the same shape, you will only use the front portion of the tank as your reference.  Start by folding the fabric you want to use for one side in half.  Place the center of your reference tank top on the fold line.  Pin around the edge if necessary to keep it in place.  Then just simply follow the outline of your tank top with your scissors, but cut about 1/2" away from your reference tank for seam allowance (see photo below).  Cut with an extra 1/2" all the way around your half tank top piece.  Once finished, open the fold and you have your front piece!
For your back piece, pick a fabric of a similar weight, but use a different color or print.  Just use your front piece as your pattern to cut this piece out.
Then get to sewing! Put right sides together and sew the shoulder and side seam pieces using a 1/2" seam allowance.  I just pressed the seam allowance open and then used a zigzag stitch to finish the edges afterward.
Then to finish the neckline, armholes, and hem, you can do it one of two ways.  You can fold your edge over about 1'4" and then fold it over again 1/4"  and top stitch so you have a very clean edge (see below photo).
Or if you just want to get this thing finished, you can fold it over 1/2" and top stitch close to the edge (see below photo).  The fabrics I used won't fray much so this technique is fine for my tank and is a lot faster.
Now you have a versatile tank top that can be worn two ways!
The lace is sheer so I photographed the tank as it would be worn (with a layering tank underneath).
Can be worn belted too!
If you have any questions about the process, feel free to e-mail me at

**You can follow this tutorial for a fitted tank as well with a few changes.  Just make sure the fabric you use is a stretchy knit like a jersey and use a fitted tank as your reference.  When you sew your seams and finish your edges, be sure to use a small zigzag stitch instead of a straight stitch so it has a bit of stretch.


  1. This is clever! I like collecting ideas like this. Good job with the instructions.

  2. This is great :)! Thanks for posting Xx

  3. Wow, great idea!! Love it. Love the belted version, too.

  4. Cute Kira! Love it...maybe I will try giving it a shot one of these days when I have nothing going on and when I don't have two little things that constantly need me...probably won't be for a long long time! ;)

  5. Love it!! I need to learn how to sew!!
    ♥ Kyna

  6. Kira this looks soooo good! Great job : )

    1. Thank you, you are like the DIY queen so I appreciate it :)

  7. Oh my goodness what an awesome idea! Loving your blog... I am your newest follower. xo

  8. This is amazing, two tops in one what a fabulous idea!

  9. This is amazing! I wish I had sewing skills, or I just wish I lived near you and YOUR sewing skills ;) haha

  10. Hi from the Etsy blogging team! Oh my gosh, this is so cute with the belt! I would love it if lace side the underpart was pink or turquoise and the lace was white, that would be so pretty! Love this :)



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