Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Out of the mending pile

Just a simple alteration... pulled this tank out of my mending pile today.  It's a cute Roxy tank that I got at Goodwill pretty much brand new.  It was way too big for me but has smocking in the back so it "fits" okay, but it was super long and I didn't really understand why... is it a dress?  A swimsuit cover-up?  A looooong tank?  Anyway, I didn't like that and I also didn't love the twill tape straps.  I get the nautical theme, but... eh.  I liked the bold navy and white print, though!
Kind of disproportionate to the small triangle top-esque bodice part.  So I cut off the bottom... 6" or 7" and used the outer fabric to make straps!  I hemmed the lining and top separately, as they were before... I didn't have the fancy overlock stuff so I just did your basic turn-under-twice hem.
I think the normal length and wider straps work better, although I do think the little bust part is sort of too small to be flattering.  I'm excited for navy and white this season!  Fun nautical looks.


  1. makes me happy for spring! i love the nautical look too. and whatever it started life as, it is ending as a much better garment!

  2. It might be good to keep in mind that 'Roxy' is generally a teen girls' brand, and because of this the chest part is often smaller on shirts (and the hips on bottoms/jeans). This explains the small chest...I think :)

  3. I love refashions! Good job!

  4. You are so creative!! I love reading about all of your projects. You are an inspiration!! Thanks

  5. Gorgeous job! I love navy and white! Unfortunately navy looks pretty bad on me... but I still live in hope!




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