Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: No More Tank Top!




Have you ever heard of Cami Secret? Well I hadn't until last week when my sister told me about it. I went to their website, looked at it and immediately thought, "I can make that!" and so you can you. It's super easy!

It's a great alternative to wearing a tank top. It just hooks around your bra strap.



This is how I made it:
1) Measure the distance between your bra straps, then depending on how tight across you would like it, subtract 1/2 to 1/4 inch. I measured 8 3/4" so I cut the piece of fabric 8 1/2", so the top won't sag at all. This will be the distance at the top of the fabric. Then cut the fabric in a triangle shape about 8-10 inches down.


2) Now for the elastic, I cut two 1 1/2" pieces and sewed them onto the back of the fabric. This is a pretty snug fit, if you would like to be more adjustable cut the elastic 2" long.


3) Then I sewed Velcro onto the back of the fabric, over the elastic. I used two 2" strips of the soft side for the inside to make it adjustable. I then sewed two little 1/2" pieces of the rough side onto the elastic.

4) For some extra cuteness, I put some lace onto the top on the fabric and sewed it onto the front of the fabric.

That's it, it's so easy and I great alternative for a tank top!!

I liked it so much, that I made another one, with lace

I love how it looks on, you can't tell that it's not a tank top.
Here are a few reasons I prefer it instead of a tank top:
-You don't have to keep adjusting it
-It goes straight across, I love that look
-When I bend down, I don't flash everyone
-It's great for under a dress so you don't have that horrible line at your waist from a tank top
-Not have to deal with another layer while nursing


Like what you see? Then follow along! 
 

42 comments:

Green Gracie Home said...

I am so making one today...I hate the bulk of a tank and another layer, but flashing isn't cool either...great solution.

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Ok, so my mom got me some cami secrets, and I'm not very impressed, they say one size fits all, and I have very broad shoulders for my 5"1' frame, but they are so wide that I end up flashing everyone, so I had to readjust mine anyway, this is a MUCH better alternative because then it ACTUALLY fits!

Kim said...

Very nice! Much cheaper then the ones on TV too!!

Catherine said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

Ann said...

This is great-- I saw the on TV ones too but didn't like the colors too much-great idea! Do they hook right onto the bra strap?

Donnie said...

That really looks doable the way you explained it. Thanks. Great idea.

Bonnie said...

I just saw one of these a couple of weeks ago and wanted one! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

Kaysi said...

Ann-
The elastic hooks around your bra strap then you just velcro it to keep it in place

Kaysi

Jansie said...

Super cute idea. Thanks for sharing! I'm going to have to try this.

Danielle said...

This is fantastic! I've been wanting to make one of these for the last few months since Josh told me about them. I just wasn't innovative enough to figure out how. I'm so glad you could show me! Another awesome thing about these is when it's way hot in the summer, you don't have that extra layer.

Jena @ Involving Color said...

Great idea! I just came across your blog, and I am your newest follower! Looking forward to participating in your link parties!

Donna said...

Great idea to make them yourself. I almost bought them at Target the other day. I'm so glad I didn't.

Sparta Savings said...

I just saw a commercial on tv the other day and told a friend that I was going to make these! You read my mind!

Judy said...

I saw something like this at Walmart a while ago and thought "I could totally make one of those..." Now I know how. Thanks! :)

Amanda said...

Love it!! I featured you today on Today's Top 20!

Amanda
todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Stacy said...

As a big chested woman, I appreciate this! What a great idea :)

Johnnie said...

Great job! Stopping by to invite you to join Thrifty Thursdays. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!

Johnnie

Andrea said...

I have a shirt or two I really need to do this to!

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

I really should do something like this. Thanks for sharing.

Shannon said...

Great idea!! I'm often wishing I didn't have the bulk of wearing a tank underneath certain things. This is the perfect alternative!
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OrloSubito said...

great idea!!!!

Pamela said...

Oh I love this idea. I hate wearing camis because they don't stay and are constantly sliding down further than I'm comfortable with. Thank you for sharing this.

bellagracehomestaging.com said...

Awesome:) No more extra exposure!

Blessings,
Jen

Meg said...

Genius! I'm always running out of tank-tops by the end of the week! It seems to be a constant problem. Why can't they just make shirts that don't show so much? I love your solution. Great tutorial!
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Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Love this idea! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. on Sunday

Ellie said...

Great idea! Thanks for the step-by-step.

Marjori said...

OMG I just posted something similar!

http://craftyinkspirations.blogspot.com/2011/01/you-might-be-redneck.html

Too Funny!

A Mom's Choice said...

Thanks for creating this. My 17 year old has been wanting some new camisoles. Now I have a solution. Time to dig into the stash. I'd love to feature you post on my blog. Let me know if that's okay. I'll make sure I link you back. :)

daperfectmix said...

I saw this in a store once. It came in a pack of three with different colors. I forget what they were called, but it was a similar idea. The only problem was that I thought they were too expensive. Now, I can make them thanks to you!

VintageGeek said...

Such brilliance!!! I love them and I will be making one in every color of the rainbow!! I hope you don't mind, but I linked to this project in my own blog today, and you can find the link here: http://myhandmadehell.blogspot.com/2011/01/reconstructed-clothes-round-up.html

Hope you're having a fantastic day!

Genevieve said...

that is brilliant! i'm preggo right now and i don't know what it is but all maternity tops have to have something worn underneath but i hate all the layers! thank you thank you!!

Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

Great idea- this will be especially nice during summer! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

Such a great idea! I just saw the commercial for these over Christmas. I might just have to make one! I wear a tank under EVERYTHING!

AmieAnn said...

This is such an awesome idea especially for the summer! (although I am ALWAYS cold and need that extra layer) Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

Ginger said...

You know...I JUST bought a few cute dresses from a thrift store the other day that I haven't been able to wear yet because I didn't have anything to wear under it to keep from flashing people some cleavage!! Now, I have a solution...thank you. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Jennifer said...

Interesting. I've never seen this type of thing before. I have sewn a little triangle of fabric into low shirts before but I never thought to make one that you could switch from shirt to shirt.

AUDRA said...

So perfect! Thanks for sharing during socialize with me Monday til Sunday! :)

Cec said...

I just ran across your blog and you are my new hero! These are great! Can't wait to look around your site more...thanks!

Natalie said...

I have a couple of the cami secret ones and they don't work with the bras I wear! I thought the same thing - "I can make this" - it has been on my project list for a while and it is so awesome to see what you did. So, is the velcro at all itchy? I would think velcro would be easier than snaps!

rosemagnificent said...

Thank you. I need these as I have had a masectomy and many necklines no longer work!!! The clip on Cami Secrets don't work for me. Someone gave me some with three sets of snaps on one side (so I can choose how high the neckline goes) and I can't find them again. Great to be able to make my own!

emma robert said...

It really looks good to wear different style of tank top. tank tops in different style looks awesome with stylish topheels.

Chamaigne Sharette said...

I've heard that the cami-secrets don't work for large chested women like me, so thanks for the tutorial on how to make my own! I saw a youtube video of a woman who used fancy underwear, so the lace was already attached! I've also been thinking about permanently attaching one to a bra, to make my own cami-bra. Have you ever tried that?