How-to: Take in a Tank Top

You’ve got two options at this point. You can use your scissors to trim the excess fabric in half and finish with a fancy French seam, like in this video:

Or, if you’re eager to wear your newly adjusted tank, and you own a pair of pinking shears, you can pink the excess fabric and be ready to rock your tank top!

pinked edge

The French seam will definitely look fancier, but unless the tank is made from pretty heavy fabric, pinking shouldn’t affect the finished product’s comfort at all.

Here’s my new, size medium tank top:

tank done


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6 thoughts on “How-to: Take in a Tank Top”

  1. Newbie to fiber arts here, so please bear with the silly question. Would this technique work for a hand-knitted garment, as well? I recently knitted a camisole that ended up too wide in the waist. If it helps, I used an acrylic/viscose blend yarn. Thanks in advance for any help!

    1. Sadly, mostly likely not… you may be able to add a seam depending on the tightness of your knit! Acrylic is really difficult to work with as it does not give much! Sorry sweetie! you could always try to wear a longer shirt underneath the camisole just to elongate and sort of camoflauge the width…

  2. This is AWESOME. The pictures help immensely. With a recent 25-lb weight loss, I’m finding most tops not fitting anymore, looking kind of slobbish actually. With this, I can alter my faves.

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