How to Cut a Hip Hop Style Workout Tank


So…I may have been watching too many hip hop videos on Youtube lately, like the ones I featured awhile back on TCL, but I just love the style of all the dancers.

I wanted to bring some of that funky style into some of the Zumba classes I go to by cutting a new t-shirt into a hip hop inspired tank top.

I did a play on this video tutorial, which was fun to watch.



  • I started with an over-sized t-shirt from Michael’s craft store. It was on sale for only $2.50. Score!
  • Very sharp scissors. It’s best to use a pair that have only been used to cut fabric (those used on paper will be more dull and won’t cut as even a seam).

Step 1: Cut lower seam off of bottom of shirt. I only took off about 2 inches, but the exact amount you’ll want to cut off will depend on your personal preferences. To estimate, put on the shirt, or hold it up at the level you plan to wear it and figure out how many inches to take off the bottom. Then snip away!


Step 2: Use sewer’s chalk to mark long lines down the side – from the top of the shoulder and down the side. The photo above shows where I cut, since the lines were too hard to see alone. Remember, you can always cut more off, but you can’t really put any more back on. Cut through both top and bottom layers, following chalk lines, to remove sleeves and some fabric from the sides.

Step 3: Put the tank top on and see if you think you need to cut more off. When I tried mine on, the top area was very boxy and masculine looking. I decided to trim off a bit more from the sides to get the shape I wanted. Remember, you will cut out some of the neck in the next step.


Step 4: Use sewer’s chalk to mark how much of the neck you want to cut out. Cut out neck area, cutting through top and bottom layers. Try on the top and see if you need to cut any more from the neck area. Note: you will be stretching out the neckline, so it will get a little larger.


Step 5: Stretch neck area and sides.


The finished product! I love this top because it’s comfortable and an understated way to be sexy. The long cuts in the side give you lots of breathing room, too. Be sure to wear a fun and colorful sports bra underneath (and you will definitely want to wear something under this tank top – it’s definitely not meant to be worn alone).

Can you believe this only cost me $2.50 and a few minutes?!?

I had so much fun wearing this to Zumba on Monday!

Speaking of Zumba, I just registered for Zumba convention 2011! I’m so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tiles + Tacos


I’m trying to get all caught up on posts. Phew! It was one busy weekend, but definitely a goodie!


My other backsplash tile samples came in.


The one on the far left is the one I liked the most from the samples my friend let us borrow. The two on the right are from the new set. These 3 comprise of my favorites.


I haven’t given up on finding ceramic tiles in the color I want, but I really love sub way tiles because they have that modern-retro vibe I was going for in the kitchen. I’m thinking they will be a nice fit for Giada’s Everyday Italian kitchen applied to our particular home.


Hubby and I ran some errands and even got some froyo!


I got original + pomegranante yogurts for a base. On top: kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and MOCHI! Gosh I’m addicted to the mochi in froyos now. It’s like my cup isn’t complete without them. lol


We thought about eating the froyo at the shop, but it was so busy there. Instead, we took it home to enjoy on the comfort of our quiet patio. I’m looking forward to really enjoying this patio as the weather turns warmer.


Let’s see, I also cut a new Zumba top, hip-hop inspired, on Sunday.


And then it was time to get started on dinner.

A marinade for some tri-tip for grilled steak tacos. We used this recipe as a guideline.



Pico de gallo

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From-scratch (literally…from dry beans) re-fried beans. I used this recipe. Not sure why they’re called “re-friend.” I didn’t fry mine once…though maybe I’m just using a non-traditional recipe?



Wowee! Everything was so good! I had to do a lot of chopping, but it was worth it.

In addition to from-scratch refried beans, we also had some boxed rice pilaf.


I figured the tacos would be good, but I was especially proud of the re-fried beans. I always thought they’d be really hard to make, but they were actually really easy and didn’t even use a lot of ingredients!

Did you make anything fun this weekend? What did you cook/bake?

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