Using an old shirt/tank as a pattern, you can make a men’s tank top from scratch!
A men’s tank/shirt
About 1.5 yards of fabric (I used 100% cotton)
1. Fold your fabric in half. Fold your shirt in half. Line the center folds up, placing the shirt on top of the fabric.
2. Use a rotary cutter or a pair of scissors to cut around the shirt. Leave at least 3/8″ for seam allowance.
3. Use tailor’s chalk to trace how/where you want the neckline to be.
You now have the front
4. Repeat those steps for the back. Cut the back into 2 sections. Trace the top half of the back using a different fabric than the bottom half. Leave 3/8″ for seam allowance to join the top & bottom halves.
5. Cut out a pocket about 5″ by 5″. Iron all sides in about 1/2″, except the top – iron that in 1″.
7. Stitch along the top of the pocket.
8. Pin & stitch the pocket on the tank’s front, leaving the top part open (do not stitch top of pocket closed!)
10. Attach the 2 back pieces with pins & sew.
Bottom half should be flipped UPSIDE DOWN &placed on top of the top half with right sides together.
11. Using an iron, press the seam down towards the bottom half
12. Right sides together, pin & sew the front & back together at the shoulders. Press seam towards back of tank.
13. Pin & stitch side seams. Press seam towards the back of the tank.
14. Fold & press in bottom hem first 3/8″ then again 1″. Stitch.
15. Use bias tape to trim neck & arm holes.
Iron the whole tank again for a crisp finish & you’re done! Put this in your drawer or pass it over to your boyfriend!