Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank

I’m an Oregon girl, born and raised.  I generally take the seasons in stride, waiting patiently for the sun to peek out when it’s good and ready.  This year is a little different.  Granted, we didn’t have the relentless winter they had back east, but it still felt long and cold.  I am beyond ready for spring.  If it won’t come to me, I’m going to try summoning it with my wardrobe.  Yes, my toes are a little chilly in my sandals today, but I’m optimistic.  Maybe this tank will do the trick.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 1
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 1

This started as a simple, unembellished pink tank from Old Navy and a piece of lightweight knit fabric.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 2
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 2

Measure the distance you’d like the fabric to overlap onto the front.  In my case, that was 1/2”.  Multiply that number by 3, then add 1/2”.  You’ll also need to measure the arm and neck holes, adding about 3 or 4” to each.  In my case, I cut two pieces that were 2 by 24” for the arms and one 2 by 35” for the neck.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 3
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 3

Fold one end of a strip about 1/4” to the wrong side, then line up the edge with the arm hole.  Stitch away from the edge the distance of your original measurement, 1/2” for me.  Be sure to use a stretch or knit stitch so your openings will still stretch.  Continue all the way around until you cover the fold where you started.  Cut off the excess strip.  Repeat for the other arm.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 4
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 4

Press the trim away from the tank.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 5
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 5

Fold the trim over the edge to the inside of the tank.  Make sure it covers the stitching line.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 6
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 6

From the front, stitch all the way around close to the fold as shown below.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 7
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 7

Repeat the process for the neck.

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 8
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 8

Doesn’t this top doesn’t look like spring?

Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 10
Adding Floral Trim to a Basic Tank - Crafty Staci 10

Join me again on Wednesday and I’ll show you what else I made from this pretty floral fabric!