Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tutorial ~Little Girl's Tunic with Tank Top~


A couple of weeks ago, I scored these for $1 each at a thrift store. Two of them were brand new and still had the original tags, and the lime green one was used, but in nearly mint condition!


I thought that to make a tunic top using a tank top would be so easy and fast; not to mention FUN too! I will show you how I did it.

{How To}

1. Cut the tank top (I cut mine about 1 1/2" below the arm pit area). I also cut two 1 1/2" strips.


2. Cut off the seams and connect the two 1 1/2" strips together to make a long strip for the ruffle around the neck.


3. Cut two different fabrics to make the main skirt and bottom ruffles. The shirt is for 4 or 5 year olds, and I cut out 2 - 9" X 21" for the main skirt, 2 - 3" X 36" for the bottom ruffles.

Sew the sides and use a serger or zig-zag to finish the edges.


4. Put fusible interfacing on the edge of the tank top. (This will help from getting too wavy, when you sew).



5. Pin the ruffles and the skirt together. Sew all around it, then pull out the bottom thread (the bottom thread is there to stablize the gather better, so the results of the gather will be much prettier).


6. Repeat the same thing to attach the skirt to the top. For hemming, I used a narrow hem.

Attached, turned, and stitched...


7. To make the ruffles for the neck line, sew slightly off to the side from the middle. Pull one thread to gather the fabric.



8. Pin the ruffle all around the neck line. Sew it on.


9. I used the leftover fabric to make a corsarge. I think it gives a more boutique look to the tunic.


I love how it turned out!


So, I wanted to do the same with the other two and experiment with colors and patterns...

Hot pink...


Then, lime green...


I love them all, but I think I am going to keep the green one for my little girl, and put the other two in my etsy store. She loves the new top, she even strikes a pose or two for the camera.



After taking some pictures, she was off to play at the park with her new found favorite top.

61 comments:

KJ said...

They are gorgeous! Your tutorials are excellent! I will definitely try this!

Care said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I will definitely be giving this a try!

I've always been mystefied about attaching broadcloth fabrics to knits without getting that stretched-out wavy business -- THANK YOU for the interfacing tip!

Camille said...

So so cute! I think I need to make a few of these! I want one for myself!

Camille
allaboutmommies.blogspot.com

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

Those are so cute, I don't know how you are going to let go of any of them. I really enjoy your blog. I recently started one myself, come by and check it out. www.ms-smartie-pants@blogger.com

Christie said...

Those are extremely adorable! I totally love them! Great for toddler dresses as well:).

Disney said...

INTERFACING!! Why have I never thought of that? You are a genius, Sachiko!
These turned out so darling, I love them!

Nancy's Couture said...

They are gorgeous!! I will be making my daughter a few of these.

Keersten said...

Those are so darling! I am so excited to try this out--I might just raid my girl's drawers and use repurpose a couple of under-worn shirts! Thanks!

Susie Jefferson said...

This is adorable - and very clearly explained. The fusible web is a brilliant tip - I've never attempted to sew Tshirting because of the stretch problem, so thank you very much for that! I shall apply to Tshirts of my own (shrunk in the wash but with great designs) and try to rescue some of them.

Alely L. said...

you are so creative! i don't know why it took me so long to find your blog! these are adorable and i can't wait to make some for my goddaughters! thanks for sharing!
have a great weekend!

Morgane said...

great idea and wonderful explanations!
Perfect for stained shirts!
added on my to-do list!

Julie said...

These are so fun! I might just have to make some for my niece (since I have three boys). Thanks!

michelleml said...

I wanted to do something like this a few weeks ago but could find tank tops in dd size but your look awesome thanks for sharing and great tutorial

Michelle

Southern Gal said...

Beautiful. Thanks for the tip about interfacing. Do you use a regular needle to sew knits? I have trouble with them and wonder how you make everything look so nice.

Michele said...

That's darling! Thanks for the tutorial!

Fran Kingston-Dill said...

I just think your tunic tank tops are the cutest.
How creative.

Maranda said...

How cute! I can't wait until my little girl is old enough for me to make the adorable things you make for your daughter!

marisa said...

very cute! That pink one is darling!

thewinkingfrog said...

They all look lovely!

grace said...

These are so sweet and lovely! You are so talented!!!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

This is soooo adorable, like always! I must feature!

Home's Jewels said...

What a great tutorial. I posted your tutorial as a pattern on the new online sewing community: mysewingcircle.com and gave full credit to you and your website. Thank you so much for a great tutorial and sharing it.

Anna M. said...

I'm going to show to this to my sister, she will just love it, her daughter will too.

Tara said...

I featured this tutorial on my blog! Come have a look! http://stellasola-boutique.blogspot.com/2010/04/tutorial-sunday.html

The Robinsons said...

I love this project and can't wait to give it a try! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Lynette said...

I love this! I have some tanks waiting for this to be done to them! I'm going to feature it on my blog...thanks!

MarniT said...

OMG these are stunning - I can't wait to make one for my little bub - will need to play with measurements though.

Amy said...

These are so cute! I would love to make one for me too!! I love mommy/daughter matching outfits. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!!

Mimi said...

You are so talented - the dresses are adorable!! I just might try to make something like this for our 2 year old neighbour - too sweet!

Jackie Brown said...

awesome tutorial, do you have one on how to make the flower corsage as well, would love to see one made with a covered button? thnx

Infarrantly Creative said...

Those are so fun. The green one is my favorite too. I love the color combo you chose. That green fabric is beautiful.

Coops Crafty Corner said...

What a great tutorial! They are absolutely adorable! I am not the best with sewing, so I will have to definitely check out your etsy shop! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

Summer said...

I love these! I can't wait to try! I'll be featuring this idea on my blog in May!

Thanks!
Sumo
http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

Verónica said...

I´m your fan!!! you´re so creative. I have a 7 years old daughter, guess what will happen with her shirts...

Sorry for my english, I´m writting you from Ciudad Juarez, México.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Those are adorable!

KJ said...

Hi Sachiko, I tried this

http://letsgoflyakiteuptothehighestheight.blogspot.com/2010/04/tea-rose-homes-tank-top-refashion.html

thanks again for sharing this project and your others!

AlMcLeary said...

I know I am over 35 - but I am making one of these dresses for myself
http://almcleary.com/blog/

Ribbons and Pigtails said...

Your ideas are always so wonderful!! Interfacing....ahhh...genius!!

Venezie Designs said...

What a great idea and tutorial.

I linked to it on my blog:

http://veneziedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/04/little-girls-tunic-with-tank-top.html

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I want to make one for myself. Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

Andrea said...

So cute!!
Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. I couldn't resist!!!

Liz said...

Love it!

Penelope said...

I just discovered your blog, and I can see I'm going to be here a loong time - how inspiring!

Can I ask a question? How do ruffles/yoyos/fabric flowers hold up to washing? I want to make some simple skirts for my girls for winter and spice up long sleeve shirts to match, but am concerned that they may not look much good after they've been washed a few times....

inday_adin said...

Awe! It is so adorable. It makes me feel like a little girl as well looking at those lovely dresses. LOL! :)

Sachiko said...

Penelope-

About your question, the ruffles and yo-yo's hold up just fine. The t-shirt fabric usually shrinks a little, so make sure to have enough width when you cut the strips, also, if you want a fuller look, sew them close to each othter.

linestrada said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I've been looking for something like this for my little girl. How do you make the little flower corsage? Like the simple little green one?

Jemma said...

Aweome tutorial !
Even as a newbie sewer I think I can manage this one :-)
Please,please,please show us how you made those corsages... they really do make the tunic look boutique.

Tiziana said...

Hi!
This idea is fantastic and you have a great ideas!!!
I write of your blog on my blog nidodilana.blogspot.com
Bye!!
Tiziana

Darla said...

These are so cute! Let me know when you put them for sale in your shop, I would love to own one since I can't sew a stitch. :-)

Becky said...

Woot! I made one today and have started on a 2nd. So cute - thanks for the tutorial.

To Sew With Love said...

Fabulous as always! I linked it to my post:
http://tosewwithlove.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-do-love-skirts.html

Thanks for the tute!

Sally said...

They're beautiful. I've just bought some new fabric for my toddler and was trying to find a pattern - this would be perfect, going to give it a go now. Thank you

Stacy said...

Super Cute! My little girl refuses to wear tunics tho....I'm going to leave the tank long and make it a dress. Thanks for the tip with the interfacing. I don't sew enough to buy a serger...Thanks.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Wow, how fun! I'm definitely going to try this! {Found you through Pinterest!}

Warmly, Michelle

legacyofpretty.com said...

I made this top for a Hello Kitty pageant for my daughter. I wanted something simple and this was perfect! Thanks
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hopemcleod/6108799892/

famr_4evr said...

I love this tutorial!! So much fun with a simple tank top! I pinned it on pinterest!

oKIDoki said...

Wow, such fine idea. I wanna try to make those dress of the old small T-Shirts of my girls.
Thank you,
Lovely greetings, Miriam

mommy22001 said...

Can you tell me which fabrics you used for the green one? LOVE it!!!

Helen said...

what a clever idea!

Ali Pepper said...

Did you iron on the interfacing or use a sew on?

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