Wanna add some awesome decorations to a plain tank? Layering embellishments is a great way to add a faux "necklace" -- and this one has a very classy, almost Parisian vibe. Here's how!
*Note - The tank top featured is made from the Low Scoop Variation available in either the T-Shirt Variations Pattern or the Killara Pattern. You can also use the Free T-shirt or Free Tank Top patterns
You'll need embroidery floss, chain, a few beads, some ribbon -- and a tank. :)
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OK, now back to the tutorial....
First off, figure out where on the tank you'd like the "necklace" to land. Mark this with a fabric marking pen, chalk, or a plain ordinary pencil. (I marked mine with thread, so you could see it better.)
Then, sew a chain stitch along the line: take a short stitch with your needle, and then wrap the thread around it. Pull through gently, creating a loop. Put your needle back down in the same hole to begin the next stitch.
When you get to the end, sew a short stitch to secure the last loop (second picture).
If you need help sewing the chain stitch, you can check out our video version of this tutorial, and see exactly how I did it:
Time to add some real chain!
Sew one end of a piece of chain to the shoulder. Drape it gently across the front of the tank, then stitch a link down at the middle of your embroidery. Use jewelry pliers to open or cut a link, so that you have a good length at the end.
Repeat for the other side.
Then, tie a cute little bow out of ribbon. I used 1/4" wide ribbon here, which is really easy to get a hold of, and works great for this scale.
Sew (or, if you're tired of sewing, glue!) the bow down, right over where all the chains meet in the middle.
Finally, sew down a few pearl beads. I scattered mine along the embroidered "strand" of the necklace.
Thanks everybody, and have fun with this!
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