DIY Tube Top from Old Lady Top
Shirt Refashions,  Refashions

DIY Tube Top from Old Lady Top

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Ugh. Titling this post was just painful.

I hate to sound like I’m making fun of anyone, but I couldn’t think of another way to describe this top.

DIY Tube Top from Old Lady Top 13

Please note, I’m not saying older folks don’t dress well. Many of my favorite fashion influencers are 60+. I myself dream of making the transition to a fabulous old lady DIY fashion influencer one day.

But I can’t even say this is just an ’80s shirt, as companies STILL make this style. So, Old Lady Top it is. It’s sort of like the term “Karen”. We all know people by the name of Karen who we love (who possess none of the traits that this moniker implies), but we also know what the word is referring to.

It’s all very problematic.

Anywho…Let’s cease the semantics and get to the Refashion!

Old lady top close up
Still Meh.

It’s unflattering. I hate the cut, collar, and sleeves.

But, I do like that pale green, and the floral print actually is kind of pretty if you can picture it outside of the context of this shirt.

Luckily, I had a plan! I would turn this top into a DIY Tube Top (It’s in the title, so I don’t really feel like I’m spoiling anything here)!

I made a few chops!

Cutting sides and top off shirt
Drawn & Quartered!

I measured myself to make sure my top would fit me, taking side seam allowances into account, before cutting anything.

I put the right sides together and pinned my new side seams.

You can see how I’m flipping it so the bottom elastic band will be the top elastic to hold it in place!

pinning side seams

Then, I stitched down each side.

sewing side seams

Now for the bottom hem!

I folded the new bottom part of my top under twice and pinned it.

pinning bottom hem
Just a lil hem.

Then I ran it through my machine!

sewing down hem
Almost done!

With just a few easy steps, my new DIY Tube Top was born!

DIY Tube Top from Old Lady Top After close up
Humidity hair don’t care.
DIY Tube Top from Old Lady Top After
Such a pretty sunny day!

I think it turned out really well, and my new top was comfy and cool for a hot SC day!

The elastic at the top held it in place just fine. 🙂

If this refashion seems familiar, it’s probably because you’re remembering this similar tube top refashion I did a looooong time ago!

DIY Tube Top from Old Lady Top After looking down
Huh…look at that.


refashionista DIY Tube Top from Old Lady Top Before and After
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