Thursday, March 25, 2010

Made: Embellished Tank Tops

I’m going to take a break from Seattle recaps to bring you another craftsy wonder in my “look ma, I made it all by myself!” series. To view other examples of my craft fabulosity (and failures) click here and here.

I embellished these 3 tank tops over the past few years after seeing so many shirts in stores and saying “I could literally make this for cheaper.” I think I need to be schooled on the definition of “literally.”

First up, the button tank. I made this one two summers ago when I was on vacation and had nothing better to do. I was originally going to sew on sequins, but when I went to the store (trusty Walmart again) I didn’t find any that I liked. So I settled on buttons. And I am sooo glad I did because this shirt is one of my favorite shirts that I own. I always get compliments on it, and I feel more confident when I wear it, especially when people ask if I’ve made it and I say “yeah, it was no big deal.” In truth, it really wasn’t a big deal. All you have to know is how to sew a button. And you also have to have the patience and time to sew hundreds of them. I’ve been asked if I would ever make these to sell, and the answer is definitely no. I’d have to charge about $50 to make this project worth my time, and I know no one would pay that much! P.S. those buttons are heavy and by the end of the day I'm always showing more skin than I would like. Sometimes I wear it over a button down, and then people inexplicably call it a vest.

I got the idea for this one from Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy, and decided to give it a whirl. What I didn’t account for was that she was presenting it as children’s clothing and I am, um, not a child. Although I may often be mistaken for one. The ruffles look a little awkward when I put the tank on, but maybe there’s something I could do to fix this?

Finally, I made the sequins tank. I haven’t worn it yet because I would like to add some more sequins actually. I didn’t really get this idea from somewhere as much as it was a vestigial idea from the buttons tank.

I hope I have inspired some of you craftier readers to whip something up today! If you do, let me know and I’ll post a pic!


  1. i can imagine that those buttons must have taken forever!!! they really are so fabulous - totally worth the time and effort! i adore the ruffles... they look great in the pic. you are a crafty fashionista!

  2. Hi Karisa,
    I'm stopping by from Friday Follow! I'm a new follower now. What cute tops! How inspiring that you decided to take the initiative and make the tops for yourself instead of spending tons of money! I have a crafty blog so I hope you'll stop by today.


  3. I am a new follower! Great Blog! These tops are beautiful!

  4. Ooooh! I love all of these! They're so fantastic, the button one is my favourite. Girlie, have a fab weekend xoxo

  5. Wow, super cute! I admire your patience to sew on all those buttons! BTW, I'm following you now! Thanks for finding me.

  6. I am a new follower from FF. These tanks are great. I only wish I were that talented. I especially love the one with all the buttons. Can't wait to see more as I poke around your blog and read all about a new blog friend. Hope to see you my way sometime. Come by to say hi and become a follower!

  7. WOW!!! These are gorgeous!!! Thanks for coming by my blog the other day!

    P.S: I moved my blog! Please come by to say hi and now you have to follow! :)

    THANKS and have a wonderful Sunday!

  8. Kari, that last shirt is awesome. Now I'm feeling crafty...that probably means it's time to knit another row or two of the scarf I've been working on since I was about 16.

    And as I was threatening to do last time I saw you, I finally gave in and started a blog:

  9. That's what I admire in you, the way your creativity and patience saves you a penny or two and looks just as good or better than the original one!

  10. love what you've done! two thumbs up!



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