While I know there are a bunch of t-shirt transformation instructables here, I thought I'd add one more that is for the slightly more advanced seamstress! Plus it uses an awesome NASA t-shirt! Below is a video I made about creating the tank top, but I wanted to explain some of the steps a little more in depth here, so you can also click through the steps above for creation details.

For this project, you'll need:

1 oversized t-shirt
1 yard or so of active-wear style stretchy fabric (I used a mesh)
jersey ball-point needles
all purpose cotton thread
3/4" elastic
scissors (for fabric and paper)
rulers (vary form curve and french curve recommended)

Step 1: Use the Favorite Tank Top to Create a Pattern

You'll need your newspaper, scissors, rulers and favorite tank top for this step!

First layout your tank top on the newspaper, lining up the edge of the newspaper with the center front or back of the tank top. Trace around the tank (figure 1). Double check that the measurements are at least in the correct ballpark by measuring the unstretched bust, waist, and hem circumferences of the tank top and matching those to the patterns measurements. (This is where I went wrong the first time around, and trust me, not having to take everything apart is awesome, so measure twice and cut once!) Use the curved rulers to smooth out the curved lines of the garment - in this case all seamlines have a slight curve except for the shoulder seams and then cut out the pattern pieces (figure 2). If you plan to add a shelf bra, copy the original front and back patterns to a new piece of newspaper and then cut off the torso to the correct length to go over your bust. Make sure to add an extra 1" to the length for the elastic casing!

Because I knew I wanted to have a contrast material, I drew lines on the front and back pattern where I wanted seamlines, cut them apart and then added seam allowances (generally I add 5/8"). Since we are finishing the neckline and armholes with binding material, do not add seam allowances there. Otherwise, add seam allowances and a hem allowance.

Is this one of the Target Nasa shirts? They're cheap enough to do this and not worry about it if you mess up. I'm not a tank topper but do like nasa shirts
Well the tank top shown to make the pattern outline was from Target (though unfortunately they don't sell that particular tank now, it was awesomely long in length!), but the final product was made from scratch, using the oversized t-shirt and extra mesh material!
I meant the nasa shirt before it was cut to a tank. It was from target?
Nope! I mention it in the video, but the shirt was a free one that a friend caught after a Town Hall meeting with Charlie Bolden (the NASA Administrator) when we were interning at NASA Ames. Thus the back is covered in horrible comic sans text...
Awesome! I never would have know you made that yourself :D
Thanks! I really appreciate hearing that - I always strive to make my garments as finished-looking as possible!
was the back in comic sans?
never mind, just saw the video. Nice work by the way.
yes, as you saw, it was in the horrible comic sans. as cool as meeting Charlie Bolden was, I'm not going to lie - that font was a large motivator for the transformation.... <br> <br>and thanks!
Hey now, what about the <em>seamsters</em>? Can't men sew too?<br> <br> ;)<br> <br> You did a very nice job on this. I've always avoided doing anything with jersey material. It scares me and my old Pfaff. And I have to mention, these Lake Union photos made me so homesick. That's my stomping ground, and I'm a long way from it! I miss the rain and the trees.. and everything about the NW. So jealous!
Oh! I actually first wrote sewers, but that looked weird, so I stuck with the traditional seamstress - is seamsters the correct masculine word? or is there a gender-neutral word I could use?? <br> <br>Jersey is actually fairly easy to work with, if you have the correct equipment, aka ball point needles. A serger also helps, but I've made due without one in the past. Try it! It opens up a world of new sewing possibilities! <br> <br>and I love Seattle as well, I love living here!
I think the news here is that she's got a NASA tshirt! But hey, who wouldn't show that off!

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