April 20, 2011

Anthropologie Inspired Top- Wandering Wake Tank

While looking through the Anthropologie website I saw this cute tank called the Wandering Wake Tank and instead of spending $48 (not that I ever would on a tank!) I thought I would give it a shot and make something similar myself like I have seen many other awesome bloggers do.

So here is what I had, an old simple and stained white tee that is very comfy but not exactly wear out of the house material:

I had leftover scraps from the other white tee I used for my bracelets to use for my overlapping 
layers. I could have used my sewing machine but since it was late at night, I didn't want to wake the kids up and use the noisy thing so I stitched it up by hand so it is not perfect. 

I began by laying out layers and cutting them to fit my tee, then pinning each layer and sewing the edges up. I stuck a manila envelope in between to keep from sewing the shirt together. 

... and here is the final product:

I put my layers on the opposite side to cover up the stains the shirt had. I didn't want my layers to ruffle so much like the anthropologie top, I was going for something a little more easy simple to do.
Here is my top next to the anthropologie top for you to compare:

I know, I know the anthropologie tank is way cuter! I just don't have $48 to be spending on a top.
What do you think? Have you created something that was inspired by an anthropologie item lately?
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  1. Actually, I think yours is SO much cuter!! :) Very inspiring!

  2. love it! I soooo need to learn to sew!

  3. I think yours is cuter! I love to 'copy' shirts as I also don't have $50 for a shirt :)

  4. yours is a whole lot nicer.

  5. Thank you very much for all your sweet comments!! :)

  6. I agree $48 is steep for a top. Yours looks great.

    I fell in love with two tops at Anthro that were $118 a piece. I'm like yeah, right! That's two weeks of food around here!

    Please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday ... Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

  7. Thanks Nicolette I will check your blog out right now! :)

  8. Just adorable! Love tops like these, you did a great job! I'm now a follower and I'm adding you to my blog list...love your creativity!

  9. I love it! I think it looks great and I can't wait to try something like this! I am now a follower!

  10. oooo I love it! I've been getting into shirt makeovers and I'm gonna have to try this one. Gonna forward this to my mom right now (who just called saying she was working on some old shirts!) :)

  11. Love it! Yours is better!


  12. Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday...Hope to see more of your ideas this week!

  13. I found your blog through The Lettered Cottage. Layla had linked your top :). Anyway, I tried the DIY top and I'm not 100% happy with it. I may have to tack down the "ruffles" a bit. I washed it and they started rolling up. :( Bummer. Maybe with a quick stitching they will stay put and look prettier. Did your shirt/ruffles wash well?

  14. Hello,
    you know I haven't even washed it yet, I've only worn it once so I hope it doesn't do this to me. Sorry about your top! I agree you should do some quick stitching and fix it up. Thanks for your comment, I think I may try just hand washing my top now.


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