Friday, August 10, 2012

Dragonfly Tank Top

This was the first item I tackled from my latest thrift store haul. I take shirts in to make them fit better all the time, but this... this was a WHOLE new challenge!

While I was sorting through the racks of clothes on the thrift store's bag sale day, I got super excited when I spotted a glittery dragonfly!  I loooove dragonflies!  I snatched the shirt up greedily, and then noticed it was a wee bit large. Okay, more than a wee bit. It was a 5x. Yikes.

I actually thought about putting it back for a second, since I figure that if you happen to be a size 5x, it's probably pretty frickin' rare that you can find anything in a thrift store that will fit you, so I felt a little bad taking it. But, you guys... glittery pink dragonflies! So I grabbed it anyway!  I'm not sure if it was brand new or not, but it definitely hadn't been worn more than once or twice if it wasn't.

Ummm, yeah. It's a little loose.  I wish I'd gotten a better picture of the whole thing!

Figuring out how to take this in was a bit of a challenge. Usually when I need to make a top smaller, I just sew along the original side seams, but an inch or so inside of the regular seam. However, if I went TOO far in on this, I'd lose a lot of the cute design that decorates the front, so I decided to sew a seam 3.5" in from either side, which would take away pretty much all of the plain grey on each side of the design while taking away a total of 14" of circumference.

That kind of helped, but it still looked like this:

Since taking it in any more on the sides wasn't really an option I wanted to go with, I decided to add a seam up the center of the back. I folded the top in half vertically up the center of the back, and then sewed a seam 3.5" from the center (which would again take away 7" of width.) I tried it on again after that seam, and it was much better, but still a little big, so I popped it back on the sewing machine and came in another 1.5" from the new back seam. FINALLY, it fit!

24 inches of fabric later...

All I had to do to finish it up was cut away the extra folds of fabric from where I'd sewn the seams. Easy peasy! The whole thing took maybe half an hour. Yes, it has a seam up the middle of the back now, but I'm hoping it will just look like it's supposed to be there.

I'm pretty pleased with how this one turned out!  What do you guys think?


Trixie said...

I love it!! I should send you the dress I need altered so you can work your magic on it for me!

Diane said...

I wish I knew how to sew!

Crystal said...

This is so easy it barely counts as sewing! 3 straight lines, a little snip-snip, and voila! You can totally do this!

Seeryus Mama said...

Cute! Totally makes me wish I could sew!

flairshare said...

Great score! I haven't tried sizing something down before but I must say, your Tank Top is a winner and is motivating me to give it a shot.