Dollar Store Tank Transformation

Last fall I grabbed a white tank top and a black t-shirt from the dollar store.  The black tee has yet to become fully indoctrinated into Audrey’s wardrobe but the little white tank has and it even has a name.  The name it goes by is “The Shirt that Mom Loves but Audrey will Never Wear”.  This tank turned out so so so super cute and I really love the romantic look it has.  Audrey says that she doesn’t like “all those ruffles”.  Hmh. Well on to the shirt.

The idea for the shirt came from this tutorial from Tea Rose Home.  I used her basic concept and changed a few things up.  I started with two strips of 2 inch wide fabric.  I can not remember how long they were 🙁 but I gathered them and sewed one along the front side’s collar.  The second one I sewed right beneath it.  Both of these strips were sewn onto the tank top with the stitch right in the middle of the fabric.  The next 5 strips were each 1 1/2 inches wides and were gathered and then sewn with a 1/4 in. seam onto the tank top, one beneath the other.  The last three strips were 3 1/2 inches wide and were also gathered and sewn with a 1/4 in. seam onto the tank similarly.  I really liked how the ruffles went all the way down the shirt and were not all the same width.  Oh if only Audrey liked it just as much. I made myself one similar to the one from Tea Rose Home and I will definitely have to post that one on a different occasion.

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  1. I love your daughter’s face in the picture where you can tell she doesn’t want to take anymore pictures! My kids do that to me all the time, too! 🙂 Please add this to my linky party! I love it!

  2. is your daughter wearing makeup in the first picture? that speaks to a fun mother/daughter day!

  3. Oh it is so cute! I remember the days when I sewed for my kids and they wouldn’t wear it. It was so frustrating and disheartening! Maybe once she sees that she is ‘famous’ wearing it in blogland she’ll love it as much as you!

  4. Oh my gosh that is ADORABLE! I’ve been obsessed with ruffles lately and need to make a shirt with ALL ruffles like this one. Too cute! Found your blog on a link party. I’m doing a giveaway on my blog for a flower clip. Come stop by 🙂

  5. So, so darling! And what terrific photos, too!

  6. awww, it’s so cute!! it’s kind of funny that she doesn’t want to wear it though…what can you do lol 🙂

  7. This is beautiful!

    I have a little 3-year-old here who never loves the same clothes I love for her! Wish we could be in charge of choosing for a lot longer than the first couple of years!

  8. This is so pretty!

  9. that looks so cute on her! I can never pull off my ruffle shirts so well as her!

  10. Well I totally Love it! You should make a grown up version! It would be cute!

  11. I just featured this! There’s another linky party starting today and I’d love it if you’d link up. 🙂

  12. I just love it! It looks so darling on your little girl.

  13. How adorable! The shirt is pretty cute too 😉 I’m so impressed!

  14. Wow, I love it! That is so cute, and I didn’t know there was such a thing as too many ruffles for a little girl 😉

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  15. Hahaha! I love the shirt’s ACTUAL name, “the shirt that mom loves but audrey will never wear.” We have several of those in Georgia’s closet. Nothing like working hard on something only to be rejected! lol Very pretty and inspiring though.

  16. This is so cute! I am going to feature it on thursday!

  17. I saw this featured at Somewhat Simple… I LOVE this shirt! How cute! My girls would love this!
    Stopping by from

  18. Completely LOVE this refashion! Having a quick Tank Refashion Party (inspired by Old Navy’s sale this weekend) and would LOVE it if you linked up this awesome idea!

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