Tank tops are a modest dresser’s best friend. Problem is, most of them are created too low for our standards. Enter the seamstress!

 A matter of a couple inches, but it makes all the difference in the world!

 I bought this ribbed tank top for $2 from the depths of Walmart’s clearance section. I brought it home, tried it on, and figured out how much I needed to raise it.

 Find the strap’s shoulder seam. Take up the extra and sew right near the seam. 

 Like this. 🙂 
 Just a straight stitch, back spaced to make sure it’s good and secure. You could hand-sew this if you don’t want to pull out the machine, but the super tiny machine stitches make it so strong. Make sure to line up either edge of the straps. 🙂

 Try it on, check the fit, adjust if needed, and cut off the excess, leaving about 1/4″ seam allowance. 

 And ta-da! Seriously simple, and I have a new fun tank that was so inexpensive! I keep my sewing machine right by my closet so I can alter things like this super quickly. 🙂 It still looks a little low in this picture… must be the shirt underneath. I’ll be wearing this tank under other shirts, not over like shown here. 🙂 Have you ever altered your tank tops this way? 

17 thoughts on “|~World’s Easiest Tank Alteration”

  1. I almost always end up doing this to my tank tops, super easy, but it works so well!
    And Walmart clearance is the best, last time I checked it out I bought 3 fun, printed tanks for 3.00, it's pretty hard to beat prices like that, even at a thrift store. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing all your creativity with us, I love coming here and leaving with a bunch of new ideas.

    Blessings,Tessa Rachel

  2. I've done that before, but sometimes I've found that it makes the arm holes too small, not just fixing the neck. One trick I use is to just wear the tank top backwards! Unless the back of the neck is straight across, it looks totally normal, is usually just right for the front, and since I wear them under another shirt (like a button-up one), it doesn't matter how scooped it is in the back.



  3. I've never done this before? I usually have to try on tanks in the store and it they don't fit I just don't buy them (even if they're super cute). So I may have to try this out this summer when I go clothes shopping. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks so much for this great idea! Normally I either wear tank tops backwards or safety pin them, but this looks like an easy fix to a common problem. Thanks again!


  5. I never thought of wearing them backwards! Thanks for mentioning that! Last summer I took my whole pile of tanks and altered them all this way, but like some commenters said, sometimes that makes the arm holes too tight. That can be very uncomfortable, believe me! So thanks for the tips!

  6. I do this too. For ones where doing this will make the arm holes not placed well, I just sew it in the front – kind of doing the same thing. it isn't as pretty or neat, but I'm not showing the straps b/c I wear them under my clothes.

  7. Thanks for posting this. I have now sewing skills whatsoever, but this looks like something I could try. 🙂 My mom altered a spaghetti-strap tank like this for me, but I've never tried it myself.

  8. Loving your blog, which I just found today. 🙂

    Yes, I've done this several times. I have even taken it a step further when my girls were younger. I found a dress that was really cute but far too lownecked, so I bought it a couple sizes too large, and then worked a similar fix into it. It had a scoop neck, so I just I ripped out the shoulder seam and tops of the sleeves, then sewed the shoulder seam deeper. That left some extra fabric at the top of the sleeves, so I made it into a box pleat and re-sewed the sleeve tops, leaving them with a pouffy look at the top. It turned out very cute and she wore it a lot, with no one having a clue that it had been altered. One of my better experiments! 🙂

  9. WOW, Olivia!
    I just googled modest tank alteration (or something like that) and this tutorial came 6th to the top of the first page!!!

    Keep up the good work.


  10. My friends and I used to turn ours around because the backs always go up higher than the front and take out the tag with a seam ripper.

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