Chevron Tank Top Tutorial

If you've been under a rock for the past year, you would be very surprised to hear that the chevron pattern is "in".  But since most of America lives in houses, and not under rocks, you won't be surprised at all! You also won't be surprised when I say that anything with chevron on it is ridiculously expensive.  I've seen tank tops and shirts with really thin fabric sell for almost $70, and don't get me started on the price of the chevron dresses.  I personally would throw up if I allowed myself to spend that much money on a shirt that, let's be honest, isn't very diverse, and can only be worn with very few colors and cardigans, etc. So, being the cheap person that I am, I went out and got some $5 chevron fabric for myself and made this tutorial for you guys!

It took me forever to decide what to make out of this fabric.  It is categorized as a duck fabric and has a canvas-like feel to it.  I struggled between making shorts or a tank top.  My reasoning for wanting to make shorts is my fear that it would be too stiff to be a successful top, but rest assured, this is probably the best fabric for shirts.  I was so surprised at how soft it felt on my skin and how it held shape in an attractive way (not like cotton which looks cheap).  My first instinct was right too, shorts would be perfect with this fabric as well so I may go back and get some fabric to make them as well. If you're wondering what type of fabric to make a shirt out of, try this one, I think you'll love it!

Lets get started:

Here is the fabric I chose.  It looks red and white, but it's actually a more cream color.  I was at Hobby Lobby buying some fabric for one of my best friend's birthday (she loves to sew too and so I got her some fabric to make a headband out of) and I saw this out of the corner of my eye and I knew I had to get it.

Start by cutting out the front and back of the tank. The picture above is the back  and the one below is the top.  For a traditional tank top, make sure the front has a lower neckline.  I used an old tank top that I really like to trace onto the fabric, I made a 1 inch hem space.

Now, take the two pieces above and place them on top of each other, chevron facing chevron, and sew the top of the sleeves together.

Fold over the neck line and pin down.  Hem on machine.

Do the same thing for the back.

Take the "almost tank top" and lay it, chevron face down, on your table.

Fold small section of fabric over on the arm hole part, and pin down.  Hem on machine.

Now that the arm holes, neck lines, and "sleeves" (I use the term "sleeves" loosely) are hemmed, line up the sides of the tank.  Make sure the arm hole section is completely lined up.  I had to do one side at a time and go back and line up the other side.  Once you're done with that, try it on to make sure it fits!

Sweet! It fits!

Now that you know it fits, go back and pin and hem the bottom of the tank and  then...

You're done!

This tank top seriously turned out SO good.  I have attempted many tanks in the past few months and none have turned out good at all.  They've all ended up being a waste of money and fabric.  I am totally in love with this one.

You can wear this with so many things too.  I plan to wear mine with capris, lace shorts, and jean shorts for Summer.  For the cooler days of Spring you can wear a tan cardigan and some flats.

I also think this will be a cute shirt for the 4th of July and it can be dressed up for Sunday mornings and nights out.  The fabric I used was seriously AMAZING, I'm considering going back to get more.  

Have a blessed day of DIYs,