Upcycle a Skirt and Scarf Into a Boho Swing Tank Top

Last year, I scored a beautiful ikat scarf at the thrift store for $1.  I knew I wanted to mix it with denim, but it took me FOREVER to find the PERFECT distressed shade of blue to match the scarf.  I did a little happy dance when I found the denim skirt for just a few bucks.  The bias flair of the skirt inspired me to refashion it into a boho chic swing top.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to upcycle the scarf into a shoulder yoke and attach the skirt as the bodice of the swing tank top.  This easy sewing project only took me 2 hours to make.

Here’s a quick overview of the swing tank top refashion:

Step 1:  Cut out shoulder yoke

Step 2:  Cut out skirt for the bodice

Step 3:  Attach skirt to the shoulder yoke

Step 4:  Trim armhole and sides of tank

Step 5:  Sew shoulders and sides

Step 6:  Finish the neckline and armholes

Step 1:  Cut out shoulder yoke

I used the top 6″ of my Christine Haynes Emery pattern to cut the yoke from the scarf.  Be sure to stay stitch the neckline and armholes so you don’t stretch out the fabric (I learned this lesson the hard way).

Step 2:  Cut out skirt for the bodice

I chopped off the waist and side seams of the skirt

Step 3:  Attach skirt to the shoulder yoke

With right sides together, attach the yoke to the skirt.

Step 4:  Trim armhole and sides of tank

Shape the armholes and taper the sides of the skirt.

Step 5:  Sew shoulders and sides

With right sides together, sew the shoulder and side seams.

Step 6:  Finish the neckline and armholes

I made my own bias tape and sewed it to the neckline and armholes.

And here’s the finished swing top . . .

Don’t you love the way the bodice drapes?  I didn’t bother adding bust darts because the bias of the fabric easily stretches around curves.

Here’s a side view.  The loose, flowing fit makes this tank top perfect for hot summer days.

I hope you enjoyed this skirt and scarf to swing top refashion.  Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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  • April
    on Feb 7, 2021

    That's beautiful! I have over 100 scarves and probably 60+ skirts I have thrifted to upcycle.

    I am going to try to copy your design and I wonder if you can answer a question.

    I'm 5'11" with what is usually referred to as an "hourglass" figure (not bragging; you have no idea how hard it is to find ready to wear in my size!)

    Anyway, I have broad shoulders and my bra size is 44DD, but, my waist measurement is 32. The biggest problem with this is anything that fits my shoulders and bust disguises my waistline and makes me look like a linebacker! The fixes for this usually involve princess seams, darts etc. Bias styles like your design are usually flattering, as well.

    Now for the question - how do you think this design would work on a body- style like mine?



  • Freie
    7 days ago

    So cute! Wonderfully done!

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