"Gardens at Dusk" Tank Tutorial!
I love this tank refashion, because it's almost like having sleeves! I always feel a little exposed in sleeveless shirts.
*This version was made using muslin, but it turned out a bit poofy in my opinion. I would love to see it with something a little more flow-ey. Chiffon? A gauzy cotton? A lightweight knit even! The ruffles would drape over the shoulder a little more easily and be very elegant!
1. Measure your neckline.
2. Cut double your measurement in 8" and 5" sections. For example, my neckline was 36", so I cut one 70"x8" strip, and one 70"x5" strip. (If you want to hem them, go for it! I left mine unhemmed so they will fray a little)
3. Lay the smaller strip on top of the wider strip and zigzag along the flush edges, through both layers of fabric. (This is optional-it just finishes off the underside) Then sew a gathering stitch slightly inwards from the zigzag.
4. Ruffle, and pin to the neckline. (Please note: the strips are upside-down in the photo, the smaller ruffle should be facing toward the table-oops!) Starting in the middle of the back, sew on with a zigzag stitch. When you get all the way around, sew the two ends together and snip off the excess.
To make the flowers:
5. Cut seven 2"x22 strips and ruffle them, then roll into flower shapes.
6. Figure out your flower placement (you may want to try the shirt on for this), and pin them on, gathering the ruffles up slightly underneath them.
7. Sew them (to the ruffles only, not the shirt) in a spiral pattern, which will flatten the roses out as you go. If you want to, you can sew the flower to the shirt in a couple of places to anchor the top down. Just not too much, or your shirt won't stretch out properly!
Enjoy your pretty (and more modest!) tank!