Hi! Wow, honestly? This took less than 30 minutes AND it’s pretty great. I recommend using a shirt you don’t really give a hoot about as practice, if you aren’t very comfortable with clothes altering. Make sure your shirt is cotton or mostly cotton, a little stretch is ok. I used a slimmer fitting shirt so there wasn’t much to take in while adding the back trim. If you’re using a baggier shirt just be sure to pleat a little extra to get the right fit. Other than that, let’s do this!
V neck t-shit
needle and thread (or sewing maching)
Start by laying your shirt flat and cutting off the sleeves about 1/4″ above shoulder hem. Then cut a strip from bottom of sleeve, leaving about 1/4″ seam allowance. Decide which hem strip is the stretchiest and set it aside.
Cut straight across the back of your shirt from armpit to armpit, then cut the neck piece through the center. Cut excess fabric from neck portion to about 1 ” from V hem and pin leaving a 1/2″ opposite the hem.
Pull tight and pin the stretchiest sleeve strip to the straight line across the back (right sides together), pleating about 1/2″ at armpits and in the center of t-shirt. More or less pleating may be required depending on the shirt material and length of sleeve strip. Then stitch. ( I hand stitched right along the existing hemline.) Next, pin both straps to the center of the shirt (right behind the pleat), overlapping, stitch. And you’re done! The raw edges will turn under and tuck in without any extra sewing. So no worries there. =) I tried and failed miserably to get a good photo of what this looks like on. But I think it fits really well, so yeah, just take my word for it! Enjoy your new summer tank! xxo