DIY Friday: Hulk Out with this Racer Back Tank!


Today we have another tutorial for you involving over-sized t-shirts. After seeing The Avengers, I wanted to get my hands on some Hulk merchandise. Although, I couldn’t find anything like what I wanted, specifically fun tops, so I decided to make one for myself.

Supplies needed:

  • Over-sized t-shirt of choice (I ordered my Hulk one from here)
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Sewing machine

There are a couple of no-sew tutorials out there like this one, or this one. However, since I wanted something that had a snugger fit, I decided to take my large t-shirt and use it to create a cute racer back tank.

I actually ordered this shirt specifically to make this top, but if you already have some shirts laying around, this would work great.

First thing I did was find something I already owned to base my pattern off of. I had this purple tank that I really like the look of, so I decided to use it as inspiration.

Next, I turned my t-shirt inside out to draw out my pattern. I then traced around my tank giving myself an extra half inch to allow for seam allowance.

I then cut off the sleeves and cut up the sides so I had two separate pieces of “fabric” to work with.

Once I had half of the tank traced, I folded my fabric in half to make sure both sides were even. One thing I wish I had done was give myself a little extra fabric on the straps, to work with. So make sure you give yourself PLENTY of extra seam allowance.

Once both pieces were cut, I pinned then together and sewed up the pieces. I used a stretch stitch since the shirt had a little stretch to it.

Now, you could definitely call it done at this point. The great thing about t-shirt fabric is that it doesn’t fray at all, so you aren’t required to finish the edges if you don’t want to. I did want to have finished edges, so I pinned all around the arm holes and around the neck hole.

Since I didn’t have a serger, I just used a straight stitch. If I had to do it over though, I would have used a stretch stitch. I then hemmed the bottom of the shirt and used the same stretch stitch as I did on the sides.

After that, I was all done! I decided to style it over a green tank I had.

Hopefully this was easy to follow, and if you have questions, feel free to post them. I’m excited to wear this out now that the weather is warm and summery. Do you have any shirts that could use a make-over? If you follow this tutorial, please post pictures, we’d love to see them!

One comment on “DIY Friday: Hulk Out with this Racer Back Tank!

  1. […] I specifically looked for a t-shirt that I thought would convert great into a tank top. As an added bonus, the purple in the design happened to match some other items I had that I used for this outfit. I found the perfect tee at Amazon and ordered a larger size so that it would work as a tank. As for how I converted it, here’s the tutorial. […]

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