So I saw this Bershka top on the last day we were in Japan in June. I liked it and wanted to get it but tried it only to find out it was huge on me (Ros & I both tend to have this problem — tiny people woes). But hey, I figured I could make my own!
This tutorial is more of a re-fashion/ upcycling idea and is very similar to our previous Leather Harness Tutorial. We know it has been a while since our last tutorial so we hope you enjoy this one!
- Tank Top
- 1m Faux Leather Strip (I used a pleather bias tape for this tutorial)
- 5 Mini Snap Fasteners
- 2 Small D-rings ($1.50 from Golden Dragon)
- 1 Metal Ring
- Sewing Materials + Tailor’s Chalk
I chose this slouchy racer back tank that stretched out after one wash. It’s tagged XXS but evidently it wouldn’t have provided much coverage if i did wear it. You can choose any tank top, really!
Step 1: Using tailor’s chalk, mark out on the straps at the front and back as a guide to where to cut.
Step 2: Leave an allowance of about an inch and cut above the lines you’ve just marked on the top.
Step 3: Sew the D-rings to the front straps. I chose to hand sew this so that I could get as close as i could to the metal ring. You should get something like the second picture when you’re done. Also, hem the back of the tank top by folding the excess cloth down and sewing it.
Step 4: Position the straps. I simply used tape to secure them as I tried to figure out the lengths. The straps should be of equal lengths and meet at the metal ring in the middle at the back. Add an extra strap vertically down the back and sew to the new hemmed edge you just made.
Step 5: Secure the straps with mini snap fasteners. Remember to remove the tape after!
Step 6: The finished product should look something like this! Ta-da!
While I have to admit that it might be more convenient working on a dressform, it is possible to do it without (I did the leather harness tutorial entirely alone!). If need be, call someone for help to position the straps or mark out the areas to cut! Hope you have fun with this one!