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Refashion for women: tank top with bow, sewing patterns

Green crafts, Repair work, Sewing  |  September 29th 2011  |  0 Comment

Refashion for women: tank top with bow, sewing patterns

Here’s how mine came out.. the tassle needs a little ironing to get it the right shape but it’s otherwise all good
To make one you’ll need:

  • 2 matching tank tops (although contrasting colours could also work)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins
  • contrasting colour threads

1. Cut the back of the spare top off, this will be the material used to form the bow and tassles.


2. Cut 2 strips of the top 2.5″ x 20″ these will form the tassles. (I kept mine shorter than the originals as I didn’t like how low they hung when you wore the top)

3. Sew the tassles together along one of the long edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance and pin roughly down the centre of the top in a curvy shape.

4. Move the pins around till they hold the tassles in the right shape, alternate the sides of material that you pin to create the right shape.

5. Sew the tassles onto the top in small stages till you come to a pin then start a new stitch on the opposite side of the tassle.

6. Trim the end of the tassles to a point

7. Cut a piece from the scrap top 5.5″ wide from the bottom of the top to the armpit.

8. Sew the short edges together with a 1/4″ seam allowance, this will form the main piece of the bow.

9. Cut a piece 3″ x 5.5″ and pin the edges down, this will form the centre of the bow.

10. Sew the folded edges down.

11. Lay the piece over the centre of the bow and start to pinch the main section into shape.

12. Fold the centre piece, pull tighly an pin in place.

13. Sew the centre piece of the bow so it stays in place and holds the bow in shape.

14. Pin the bow on to the top roughly into the centre.
15. Pin the top of the tassles flat so they sit under 3/4 of the bow centre.
16. Try the top on to ensure everything is pinned in the right place

17. Sew the bow onto the top, working from the back of the top through the back of the bow.

18. Pop a couple of stitches throught the inner layer of the top of the bow (just to makes sure it’s held securely to the top and that it sits right when you put the top on).

Here’s the finished top :)

Hang it up, admire it and start wearing it!