How to Make This Cowl Neck, Open Back Tank
This sewing tutorial is a beginner-friendly step by step of how to make a cowl neck, open back tank top. You will learn how to self draft this top with your body measurements. This top can be made with virtually any fabric!
This sewing tutorial is a beginner friendly step by step of how to make a cowl neck, open back tank top. You will learn how to self draft this top with your body measurements. This top can be made with virtually any fabric!
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To make this top you will need to cut a rectangle, 2 long strips of fabric, and 2 short strips. To get the dimensions of the rectangle, use a measuring tape to measure from shoulder to shoulder. You don’t need to go all the way to the end of your shoulder, just near the middle. It doesn’t need to be exact!
Example: here are my measurements.
You will need to cut 2 of every piece so I recommend folding your fabric in half to efficiently cut 2 identical pieces at a time.
Here are the pieces you should have: 2 rectangles, 2 long strips, and 2 short strips.
Sew where the red dotted line is. Start by sewing along the sides of the rectangle leaving the corner open and about a 2 inch gap on one side.
Then, fold the straps right sides together and sew along the length. Repeat this for all 4 straps.
Loop turn your straps right side out. You can also use a safety pin if you don’t have a loop-turning tool.
Fold one of the short straps in half and pin the ends together, making a small loop.
Insert the pin with the loop into the opening on the rectangle and push it to the bottom left corner.
Pull the pin through the corner but not all the way through so the loop strap fabric is just barely visible. Remove the pin & sew a diagonal line to secure the loop strap and close the corner
Repeat the same process with a loop for the bottom right corner of the rectangle.
Pin the end of one of the long straps.
Insert the pin into the rectangle opening and push it to the top left corner of the rectangle.
Pull the pin through the corner but not all the way through so the strap fabric is just barely visible. Remove the pin & sew a diagonal line to secure the strap and close the corner.
Repeat the process for the other strap in the top right corner of the rectangle.
Pull the long straps to turn the rectangle right side out.
You should now have a rectangle with 2 straps on the top and 2 small loops on the bottom.
Topstitch to close the opening of the rectangle.
Cross the straps and insert them in the opposite side loop.
Tie the straps in a bow.
Here is the final look!
- Silky Blend Fabric (Yardage Town San Diego)
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