I am a far stretch from a professional seamstress.
Sometimes, I feel a little silly making these sewing tutorials because I know my sewing skills are not always up to par. That being said, I really enjoy sewing most of the time, and I love coming up with stuff for my little girl. I've had an idea for a little tank top I wanted to sew for her and when I went to the thrift store the other day, there just so happened to be the exact fabric I'd envisioned for this tank top. And there was just enough too. It was meant to be!
Hopefully between words and pictures I make enough sense that this top is re-creatable! I'll do my best, but if I'm unclear, please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments section below and I'll do my best to answer them for you.
Okay, so let's get started! My fabric wasn't a large square of fabric, but actually it was a tube of fabric. I just flipped it inside out and laid it out on my table. If you're using a standard square of fabric, just fold it in half and you'll be good to go. I then folded my fabric over about 8 inches.
It's hard to see here, but using pins I marked a basic a-line shape on my fabric. About 6 inches across at the top, and slowly getting wider towards the bottom, measuring 8 inches. I started making the top about 16 inches long, but that turned out to be far too long and I shortened it to 14 inches.
Cut out your a-line shape and unfold. Pin it in place along the sides and sew.
I cut three 2 inch wide sections from my tube of fabric. Because my fabric was already a tube, I got three circles, but your lengths don't need to be circular for this to turn out beautifully.
To create the "pleated ruffle" look, fold your 2" strip in half so it is 1" wide, and pin it to one of the side seams of your top. If you're working with a circle of fabric like I was, pin the circle to one of your side seams, then find the middle of the circle and pin it to the other side seams so you have an even amount to work with on each side.
Slowly pin the strip of fabric to the bodice of the top, folding and arranging it as you go. There isn't much method here. I wanted an unstructured effect and I'm pleased with how mine turned out. Play around with it until it sits the way you'd like it to.
Setting your presser foot in the middle of your pleated ruffle, sew the extra fabric down. Be sure to take your time while sewing over the pleats and ruffles, if you work too quickly they'll bunch up while you're sewing.
To cinch in the top a little bit, I sewed a 4" section of elastic to the back of the top. This will be covered by another strip of pleated ruffles.
Next I added the straps. Using my second 2" wide section that I cut earlier, I pleated and pinned it as I pleased and sewed it in place. I tried the top on my daughter and pinned the straps in place. Sew the straps down.
I chose to have my straps form a V shape in the back. I didn't even bother cutting my strip of fabric, but just pinned the long pleated strip into formation and sewed it down.
Lastly, take the last 2" wide section, fold it in half so it is 1" wide and pin it around the neckline of the top, folding it as you go. Sew it down as you did the strip around the hemline. And, voila! You have now completed the sweetest little pleated ruffle tank top for your little lady to look adorable in all summer long!
Again, as soon as the camera comes up, the crazy smile comes out...we'll get it yet!
And a quick shot of the back, I really like how the straps come together!
That's all from me for today, thanks for coming by!
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