May 03, 2010

The Anti-layer Tube Top

Do you have lots of shirts that require a tank top underneath?  Do you hate wearing bulky layers and trying to keep them all in place?  Well, this simple tutorial is just for you.  We're going to use an old shirt to make a tube top to go under your shirt. 


A few months ago, when I made the Sassy Classy Dress, I kept the bottom of the shirt I had cut off.  Well, I found a great way to use that extra scrap.  Here we go.

1) Take your band of fabric and put it on like a tube top.  Mark how much you need to take it in so that it will fit snuggly. 


2) Take in the band by sewing one straight line down it.


3) Cut off the excess fabric.


That's it!  I didn't even hem the other edge, since knit doesn't fray.  I used the hemmed bottom of the shirt as the top of the tube top, to you already have a nice, finished edge that will show.  If you don't have an extra t-shirt to use, you could still easily make this with less than a quarter of a yard of knit fabric.


I sewed mine tight enough that it stays tight to my body even when I bend over.  I love not having to wear another full layer, especially with warmer weather on the horizon.  Now I'm off to make them in some different colors! 

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42 comments:

Maggie said...

What a fabulous idea! I'm not sure if this would work for my figure, but I'm willing to give it a shot!

Macey said...

I absolutely love this idea.

Heather said...

I will absolutely be doing this! I'm nursing my son still so I am always layering for easier "access". Great idea!

Ashley @ Joyful Creations said...

I am definitely going to have to try this!
I hope you don't mind, but I am making a post titled "Modified Monday" and will be linking back to this post with one of your images.

Practically Spent said...

I had to do one of these for those really, really low-rise pants (WHO can wear those?), but did I think to do it for my top? No. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I HATE the bulk of layering. this is a perfect idea for me! Now I am off to see what I have in my closet that I can turn into a non camisole! :-)

Kara said...

What a great idea. Totally love it!


Love your blog btw! So many great ideas and awesome photos!

Rebekah said...

I've thought about making something like this before but never got around to it. I think it will make staying covered while nursing easier without having to pull a full layer up and then trying to get it back in place again after. I've been either pregnant or nursing someone for the last 5 years with no break in between so this should make my life much easier from now on :o) I'm actually nursing my 4 month old right now and typing with one hand :o)

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Kate said...

Terrific idea! I am constantly stuck wearing a cami and this will work much better in the summer months. Following you!

April said...

You are so freakin' clever!

Unknown said...

Ingenious! I love it. I get so tired of my tank top straps showing and constantly pulling at my sleeves! Thank you so much!

Pearl Girl said...

THis is so great. I've actually done this too. My knit got all stretched out after the first couple of times I wore it. But, I am going to put a casing with some elastic trough the top, I think it will still be much more comfortable than wearing 2 shirts.

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Paxton said...

very cute! thanks for the idea!

Kendra Goodrich said...

What a great idea!

Jolene said...

I LOVE this idea! Especially being able to make it tight enough to stay against your chest when you bend over. I had a mastectomy last year (due to breast cancer) and now wear a prosthetic breast on one side (for now) & I'm super self conscious of my cleavage - or lack of. I can't wait to try this idea - Thank You so much!

Palmer Family said...

Love the idea! Thanks!

Kaysi said...

What a great idea!!! Thanks!

Unknown said...

Love your blog!
I actually made those a few months ago. I also use it for covering up when I have a short tee shirt or want more coverage along the waist line. It's like a long tank only less bulk. Love it!

Anonymous said...

You are a genius! :)

Teryn said...

Can I say, you just became my hero. This is SO perfect for a nursing mom... like, ummm ME! I'm so sick of moving, pulling, tucking, and bunching all my layers so that I can feed my child. I'm making this TODAY!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Excellent idea! You look cute in pink.

pin a day said...

Absolutely going to have to try this one, what a great idea.

Emily @ http://456eleven.com

Joanna - To a Pretty Life said...

That's a great idea! I can't stand having to wear layers in the summer...nevermind the extra annoying straps! (bra straps are bad enough ;-))

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I'm really liking this idea! I like the fact that you said to make it pretty tight...good point! :) I really like the pink shirt you're wearing too! Sooo cute!

Melissa said...

How very awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Love this! I have got to make one! Featuring you this week! Come on over and grab a featured button! joy @ mommaskindacrafty@blogspot.com

Andrea said...

Brilliant! Seriously.

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

Jody said...

Thank you!! I'm on the shorter side - not quite petite, but not quite average. I've been having trouble finding camis that didn't hang down too far, thus not really covering anything more than the shirt did, or finding camis long enough so I wasn't pulling at the bottom all day long. Love, love, love this idea. As soon as my finals are done, I'm making them in black & white. Other colors to come... Thanks again!!

Unknown said...

Oh, brilliant!! I have a few t-shirts that fit too snugly as it is...I could totally hack them up to make tube tops.

Thanks!

(I came via One Pretty Thing. :-))

Sarah said...

I LOVE this! I made a few today, can't believe how simple it is. I linked you in my post.

http://sunshinemamasite.blogspot.com/2010/05/scandlous.html

Unknown said...

Great idea! I'm going to try it. :D

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I actually have created something similar to this before. I dislike layering most of the time (especially during the summer), but with the fashions today, If I don't layer, I'm in big trouble with my modesty issues! This received the most views last week at the Whatever Goes Wednesday party at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. I will highlight this today!!! congrads!

Looking Glass Jewels said...

Genius! I love this idea. I live in Texas, which is just another word for HOT! I have so many tanks that I wear to keep the boobage in check, but like you said, one extra layer in summer is no fun. Even with my lousy sewing skills I could make this! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea!

~Amanda @Looking Glass Jewels

I am a new follower, BTW! :)

Jessica said...

I love this idea, but I also want to know where you got that hot pink shirt (or did you make it?). I LOVE it!

Linda @ Linda's Lunacy said...

Wow! What an awesome idea! I just showed it to my teenage daughter. She loved it! We're going to make a few. She has to layer a lot, and so does my 11 yo daughter. This will be so nice for them this summer. Thanks for the idea!

Unknown said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I am SO making one of these SOON! I have LOTS of shirts I have to wear tanks with and its HOT in the summer! I would have never dreamed this would stay up with out elastic! Thanks for sharing!
~Bridgette

Jana Banana said...

Thanks for posting this awesome idea. I am new to the whole blogging thing so I thought I would tell you that I featured this project on my craft blog.

http://craftyhappylilme.blogspot.com/2010/06/anti-layer-tube-top-modest-checker-2010.html

It was super fun making and thanks again for sharing
Jana

Frugally Natural said...

This is such a great idea! I have so many shirts that I have to wear another tank top underneath of, and now I won't have to have that extra layer anymore! We are featuring you in our Weekend Wrapup! www.frugallynatural.org

Marti said...

If you only knew how many low cut knit shirts I have ruined trying to sew something onto them, and it's just too hot here to wear another shirt under them. This is the perfect solution and I intend to make one very soon. I'm featuring it on my new blog tutorialsandpatterns.blogspot.com. Grab a "featured" button if you want.

A. E. Lard said...

You can also buy a maternity support belt, (which is basically a stretch-material tube top) and use that. I got one from kohls for about 10 bucks

Erinn said...

Thank you from a very miserably hot (driest July in history) pregnant woman! I have a ton of older tanks I could use for this.

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