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I love TEDTalks and Tanktops!

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I do not like boxy tshirts. I am 5’2″ so there isn’t a lot of room anywhere for anything to look lengthy and shirts like this just make me look like a billboard. I’ve been dropping hints all over for any of my crafty friends to make my cool t shirts into the perfect tanks I keep seeing on Pinterest.

Thinking I was just never going to get around to being all Pinteresty and actually using my sewing machine, I tried to dump it on a friend. Seriously, I have NEVER even attempted to use it. She wouldn’t take it and now she’s making me LEARN. Well, to my surprise, I begrudgingly read, bobbed and threaded. And I have to say I am kinda proud I took the first steps. Hesitatingly I say I may like this machine.

Anyway, I couldn’t get it all set up and NOT do a little project. What better, simple project than to make those tanks no one else would do FOR me?

So I browsed a few sights and Pinterest pics. I kinda like to do things my own way and I’ve been fortunate enough that mixing and matching steps and ideas usually works out for me. So that’s what I did.

I love TED and have been dying to wear/brag this t. But, of course, I haven’t yet, because, too boxy!! Let’s see if I can remedy that.

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1. Pick out a t. Grab some scissors, pins, a safety pin and fabric chalk (optional if you can kinda follow a straight line without help).

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2. Cut a strip straight across at the bottom just above the seam and save it. Cut straight across the top of t just below the seam of the neck. Cut off both sleeves just at the seam.

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3. Pin the two top sides and sew a seam straight across about a half inch in. If you want your t to fit more like a girl’s t, sew just inside the seam going down the sides like in the pic.

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4. Grab that spare piece of fabric that was cut from the bottom of the t and cut it so it is no longer a circle but a long piece of fabric. Attach a safety pin to your spare piece of fabric. Using the safety pin as a guide, thread the long piece of fabric through the two seams you just sewed at the top of the shirt.

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5. You can sew the ends of the long piece together, tie over the sholder or in the back. I tied mine in the back so there is a cute black bow off to the side.

Try it on! How’d you do? Mine went pretty well. I was pleased. I played around with the sides a bit before getting the seams just right, but not bad for a first timer. I may actually wear it in public!

Now I gotta go find that Metallica t and maybe my Skid Row one, then my L.A. Guns one, Tesla… I’m excited!

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