Over the last few summer months, I worked on adding a bit more casual wear to my wardrobe.
I reconstructed a vintage tank top into a top that fits better and has a little more character.
The original top wasn’t huge, but the neckline and armholes were baggy. The following pictures show the steps in my process:
In just a few simple steps, I had a new tank with a retro flair.
I love the way it ended up laying on my shoulders. It’s a beautiful thing when unexpected things happen to make the fit better. Most of the time when unexpected things happen during a sewing project, it’s for the worse (and I end up gnashing my teeth and questioning why I continue sewing). Am I right?
I made a tank pattern last summer, using one of my favorite tank tops, but never used it until this summer.
This floral tank is one of the several I made using the pattern.
I also altered the shorts in the pictures with the tank. As usual, my big backside and smaller waist required that I make some adjustments in the back.
I had to gradually take in the back seam, starting from about halfway down my bottom and moving up to the waist. Up at the waist, I had to take them in about 1.25″ to stop the gaping in the back. But as you can see in the picture above, the surgery was a success: no more gaping.
Pants to shorts
I also made a couple of pairs of thrift store pants into shorts, but I neglected to take after photos.
Altered thrifted skirt
I used a thrift store skirt to make the summery little number below. The skirt was large and just below knee-length. It also had a shirred elastic waistband that was crusty (ew!) and flaking apart.
This was a quick alteration project. I simply removed some of the volume, shortened the skirt, and added an elastic waistband (though I now wish I would’ve done a regular waistband and a zipper).
Above is a closer shot that shows the print on the skirt. I just love the pixelated flowers.
Projects like these seem like a chore at first, but they grow on me. I’ve also learned that they’re a necessity. When I’m looking for something to wear in the summer I’m often annoyed that I don’t have more basic casual wear like tank tops and shorts.
Do you find yourself turning your nose up at casual wear projects? Or do you enjoy sewing basic tops and doing alterations? Is casual wear one of your wardrobe gaps?