As promised, here’s a little tutorial for cutting a zumba (or other workout) tank top.
I found this fabulous design in my Z Life magazine. NOTE: I did not design this tank top, I’m just trying to provide some pointers for any one else who wants to re-create the look like I did.
In fact, Z Life has a nice tutorial on their web site (click to view) for some of the cutting, but I thought I’d share some extra photos for some of the stuff they don’t detail out.
- Tank top (recommend pre-washing in case there is any shrinkage)
- Rotary cutter
- Sharp scissors
- Cutting mat
- Note pad
- Cutting edge
Cutting the V Front
The top I liked from the magazine featured a deep V front halter.
After having practiced on a cheaper tank top, I was comfortable cutting up a zumba top. I followed the Z Life tutorial to get the halter style top out of my racerback.
To get the V, I marked as low as I wanted to cut and in the middle of the tank top with a highlighter (I didn’t go as low-cut as the magazine example). Then, I used my cutting edge to draw a straight line from the top edge of the tank top to the point.
Using a sharp pair of scissors (that haven’t been used to cut paper), I cut from the inner edge of the tank top top seam to the point
and repeated on the other side.
I left the other edge intact. I think the tutorial said to cut along that seam, too, but I didn’t want my straps to be too narrow, so I left it. I cut the straps as long as they’d go – rounding out the top edge. I figured it was better to have more strap than less as I could always cut more off but it would be harder to sew it back on.
Cutting the Front Lines Down the Middle
The top I was trying to re-create also featured short lines down the front of the tank top.
I put a pad of paper inside my tank top to prevent my rotary cutter from going through to the back of the tank.
I lined the tank top on the mat so it was directly in the middle and my edge guide had a line matching up with the middle of the tank top and so the lip of my edge tool was straight with the mat – to ensure straight edges.
Note my edge tool is straight across the top and even horizontally. The 12 marks the middle of my tank. I measured out about 2 inches of space between each column of lines.
I made 2 cuts at each level approximately 1 1/2″ long.
I made my cuts in 1/2 inch increments.
And I repeated till I had 15 rows of cuts.
Now just tie up your halter and get thee to a zumba class to rock out your new tank top!
Can’t wait to cut some more tops! Hmm…what to cut next!?