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


Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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  1. 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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