Core Worlds Couture: DIY Upscaled T-shirt Tank Tutorial

Core Worlds Couture: DIY Upscaled T-shirt Tank Tutorial

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs


In this special edition of Core Worlds Couture, you’ll be learning how to upscale those old t-shirts of yours into awesome tank tops! The best thing about it? You’ll feel like you went shopping and got new clothes…for FREE!!!

Check out the presentation below! I hope you’ll like this tutorial, and PLEASE let me have your feedback – I need to know what you thought, how I could improve my teaching/instruction, etc.!

Let’s begin by watching these two videos:

First Step: Make Five Cuts20160718_105956

  1. 1/2. Cut off both sleeves INSIDE the seam (scrap).

3. Cut off the top, just under the neckline (scrap).

4. Cut off the bottom hem (scrap)

5. Cut another strip just above the bottom hem – this will be your strap.

Step Two: Make the Casing For the Strap

Fold the top edges of the front and back of the shirt down to the INSIDE of the shirt, and measure about 1″. Pin in place. You are creating a place for your strap to “live” later…!

Sew with longer stitches (don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end), keeping the edge of the presser foot against the raw edge of your casing. DO NOT STRETCH the material as you sew, or your seam will become puckered.



Step Three: Feed the Strap Through the Casing

Cut the strap piece in half, then pin a safety-pin to one cut edge. Feed the safety-pin through both the front and back casings, easing the length of it through as you gather it along.



Step Four: To Sew, or Not To Sew?

You have a couple of different options for the straps: either hand-sew the edges together, or tie them – either way, be sure to try on the shirt before deciding, so you can measure out the fit of the straps. Loose, for a lower neckline, tighter for a higher one.

If you sew, make sure you hand-sew by overlapping the raw edges of the strap together. You will ultimately hide the stitching by strategically sliding that part back into the casing, so don’t worry if your hand sewing isn’t pretty; it just has to be functional!

If you’re knotting the strap, you will have to cut both sides, so be sure to leave enough length to get the fit you desire.



Yay for you! YOU’RE FINISHED!

Let me know what you think! Leave your comments below, or you can contact me directly! My favorite social media vice is Twitter, just so you know!

Join me every week for more fun, and new Star Wars items! Coming soon:

  • Review from Redbubble Star Wars Graphic T-shirt Dresses
  • I’m headed to New York city! I’ll be giving you an inside look at the special Dicovery Times exhibit: STAR WARS AND THE POWER OF COSTUME,
  • By popular demand: a DIY tutorial of some of those Star Wars pillow case skirts I’ve made!

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