Monday, March 21, 2011

Stroke Of Genius Strokes Tank Top

My daughter is the apple of my eye.  She is truly the BEST!  This is why when she comes to me with a request I usually oblige.  This time the request was for a Strokes band T-shirt.  I promptly purchased the T-shirt for her, but this wasn't the end of her request.  Oh heck no!  She wanted a razor back tank top.  I CAN'T SEW! What the heck, she might as well had asked for a wedding dress!  Now because I adore her and she's a good girl who behaves and gets good grades, I decided to attempt this razor back contraption she wanted.  Oh Lord, I was about as nervous as a long tailed dog in a room full of rocking chairs! 

Here's how I survived and came out looking like a superstar!

Step 1: I cut the sleeves, neckline, and hem off.

Step 2: I cut the neckline down to an acceptable length in the front and opened up the back to a razor back style.  (I used a similar shirt and chalk to draw my cutting lines.)

Step 3: I sewed up the sides to make it more snug and trimmed the bottom to make it shorter. 

Step 4: I added bias tape trim to all the raw edges to keep them from unraveling.  (I even did this on the inside seams.)

Step 5: She wore it and loved it.  I gloated and gleamed at my sewing powers.  (Seriously, considering my sewing disabilities, this project made me feel like I had just landed it in the Hudson!)  I AM MOMMY HEAR ME ROAR!  Now I'm a hero to her.  (Until she makes another request.)  Oh the pressure! 

Nydia 8)


  1. Nydia, I mentioned your PB horse post in my blog today and added a link to you. I loved it so much I made one too. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jodie the nest eclectic

  2. Very clever .. I have t-shirts that need to be changed and so I will try this!! Many thanks!!!



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