If you are looking for a quick and easy project with a two in one design, look no further! Your DIY reversible tank top will elevate your wardrobe with no visible seams and effortless design. This design doesn’t take more than a day and it is competent beginner friendly.
For this DIY reversible tank top, you will need:
- the sleeveless top you want to replicate preferably one that is loose fitting and no darts (it doesn’t need to be reversible)
- woven fabric preferably cotton in two different patterns (I would estimate one meter for each). Remember to choose two different fabrics that won’t show through on the opposite side.
- tracing paper – pattern paper, parchment paper or brown paper (I use medical table paper, it’s perfect and I get it on Amazon)
- measuring tape
- sewing machine
- serger (optional)
- light fusible interfacing (small amount – 1″ by 1″)
Follow along on this short video to see the top I used as inspiration.
Step by Step Instructions
Lay out your top and fold it in half. Pin your top so it is easy to trace the front and then do the same to the back. Trace onto pattern paper, parchment paper or thin brown paper. Remember to add a seam allowance to your pattern of 5/8 of an inch.
- Place your traced out pattern piece (you should have a front and back piece) on the fold of your fabric and make sure to cut two front pieces and two back pieces, one in each fabric.
- Once you have both front and back cut out for both fabrics, pin the two fronts (right sides) together and the two backs (right sides) together.
- Make sure to align the crucial parts of the top like the V-neck of the front of the top. To secure this v, I used a bit of fusible interfacing to make sure the fabric wouldn’t fray or tear at this spot.
- Fold down the top (towards the wrong side of the fabric) of the strap 5/8″ on all of the pieces and press. You will be sewing along the sides of this folded strap in the next step.
- Sew the neckline of the front v together as well as the neckline of the back pieces together (remember these are the two different fabrics right sides together). Leave the top of the strap open.
6. Sew the armholes together for both the front and back. Leave the top of the strap open.
7. Along the curves of both the neckline and the armholes, clip.
8. Open up your top, so that the right sides of front and back of the matching fabrics align. Sew from top of one of the sides straight through to the bottom. Do this for both sides of the top.
9. Now you are able to turn your top right side out. Press the sewn seams flat. You can under stitch one side of the top (for necklines and armholes) as you see I did in this photo, but then one side will lay flat and the other won’t.
10. Now the top of the straps will each have an opening. Tuck one into the other and slip stitch them together by hand stitching.
The last step is to hem. I press up a 5/8″ and then I tuck half of that under and baste then sew.
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I hope you try this DIY reversible tank top out this summer! It is an easy make and you will wow others and yourself with this “no visible seams” wonder. If you have liked this post, please share the love with a pin or a comment. Thank you!
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