The Sopranos might be over, but Tony will live on forever in my mind.  Especially since I fashioned this rad tube top from a big men’s t-shirt my brother sent me:

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I used a pattern in the book Sew Subversive.  Since it’s their pattern and not mine, I won’t go into too many details, but this top is basically two rectangles hemmed and sewn at the sides with a band of elastic at the top.

The t-shirt started its life looking like this:

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My original idea was to put the "Bada Bing" front and center, but when I measured the fabric, putting it on the side was really the only way it would work.  I’m glad about that because I like it this way better.
The only real place I differed from the design in Sew Subversive is on the sides–I added slits about 5" up to make the top more roomy.

Since this was basically a practice run, I’m going to make the next one I do a bit larger in the midriff area and I’m also going to add straps so I can wear a bra.  With the Bada Bing top I’ll probably end up wearing a tank underneath it or use it as a swimsuit cover up.

4 Replies to “Bada Bing!”

  1. Holly says: July 3, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks Antoinette! I did think about adding straps… I might still. The problem with wearing it sans tank top is that it’s a little too see-thru to wear in public without some kind of undergarment, and strapless bras suck. I’ll have to experiment with it.

  2. Antoinette says: July 3, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I love it. You could also sew large straps to it and turn it into a halter. But tube tops are hot right now. I think it looks really great on you. Why would you wear a tank under?!
    I also like it sideways. Nice designer touch.

  3. Holly says: July 3, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Thanks, Morg! Be sure to send pics when you’re done.
    I do wish the top was a bit larger though. I think I’d be more comfy wearing it out of the house. But otherwise it’s cool.

  4. Morgan says: July 3, 2007 at 8:53 am

    I love it!!!! It turned out so awesome. I can’t wait to see the Police one. Maybe I can work on my Lucy one Thursday. The pillow was cool, but this is better! Totes awesome!

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