How to Make a Strapless Shirt

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How to Make a Strapless Shirt
Strapless shirts are easy to make and fun to wear. (portrait de femme image by Magalice from

Strapless shirts, or tube tops, are a popular summertime clothing item for women. They can be dressed up or down and included in almost any outfit. Because of their popularity, strapless shirts are easy to find in stores. However, it can be hard to find the right size or style at an affordable price. Thankfully, it's easy to make an inexpensive tube top. Anybody with beginning sewing skills and basic sewing supplies can make a strapless shirt.

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Things you need

  • Jersey knit fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • 1/2-inch wide elastic

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  1. 1

    Cut out a piece of fabric that is 20 inches long and wide enough to wrap around the widest part of the torso, plus 1 inch.

  2. 2

    Fold the fabric in half, bringing the 20-inch edges together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other.

  3. 3

    Sew the 20-inch edges (opposite the fold) together, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. This will form a tube of fabric.

  4. 4

    Fold over one of the open edges of the tube of fabric 1/2 an inch. Sew the fold down, tucking under the raw edge of the fabric as you sew. This will form the bottom of the shirt.

  5. 5

    Fold over the top edge of the shirt 3/4 inch. Sew the fold down, tucking the raw edge of the fabric under the seam as you go. Leave a 1 inch opening in the seam.

  6. 6

    Cut a piece of elastic that is just long enough to wrap around the chest, just above the bust. Thread this elastic piece through the top hem of the shirt, gathering the fabric as needed.

  7. 7

    Sew the two ends of the elastic together and sew the opening in the hem closed.

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