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'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!

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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