Make a Workout Tank from a T-shirt

While I love dressing up and making cute outfits for special occasions, most of my laundry ends up being workout clothes. In these summer months, it's hard to want to wear T-shirts instead of tank tops and lately I feel like I've been running low on tanks. I like to wear them to yoga and when I’m running. Also, I’m not a big fan of running in t-shirts because I’d much rather have a racerback tan than a farmers tan (because I’m vain), plus tanks are so much more breezy! These hot days have been killing me and I just don’t have enough tanks (without doing laundry every other day) for yoga and running right now. Rather than go out and spend money (which I would love to do ), I figured I’d get by with some tanks made from tees!

A few years ago I did the Enchanted 10k in Disney World with my hubby and sister, and hubby never wears the princess-y workout top we got with the race, so I decided to make it into a running tank!

First I grabbed a tank I liked the shape of, and got cutting. I liked using my rotary cutter, because I could leave the shirts flat on my cutting mat, but scissors will work just fine, too. Also, try the shirt on a lot while you’re making cuts. You might find that fewer steps result in a shape you really like!

  1. Lay your T-shirt down flat, and lie your tank on top of it. Either mark where you’re going to cut with a pencil or tailor’s chalk, or just use your rotary cutter and cut off the sleeves and neck. (You could leave the neck, but I prefer a lower cut for a workout tank.) You might be done! See what you think of this shape.
  2. Take your cut up T-shirt, and fold it in half the awkward way - so you can see your side seams. This helps you keep your cuts consistent/symmetrical on the right and left sides. At this point, I made the neckline lower and the racerback more pronounced. You could also make your armholes larger and lower in case you want a bit of breeze on your abdomen.
  3. Keep trying on your shirt and repeating step 2 until you’re happy. You can err on the side of caution and make lots of minor adjustments - you can always cut away more fabric, but you can’t put it back!
  4. Optional - stitch up the arm holes and neck hole. Using a binding stitch, you can quickly go around each hole to keep the fabric from fraying. However, most t-shirt fabric doesn’t really fray much, so you can skip this step as long as you don’t mind how it looks. If you really want to go crazy, you could always create a neckband or use some stretchy bias tape and give your tank a more finished look. This of course takes more time, makes you take out your sewing machine, and just might not be necessary for a quick tank you’re just going to sweat in.
  5. A fun touch would be to accentuate the racerback shape by tying a bow around the fabric at your back - I did this to wear to a 5k fun-run with a friend.

Keep in mind that this won’t fit you snugly like other tanks you might already own. I think some of the charm in a garment like this has to do with it’s roughness, and the fact that your sports bra will probably be showing a little. Plus, you’re mostly just going to be sweating in it. No one will care if it’s perfectly tailored to your body.

Happy Sweating!

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Running Through May - Part 2: BB10k

This May brought me my first Ragnar Trail Relay and my fourth BolderBoulder. You can read Part 1 about the Ragnar here, but now I’ll tell you about America’s best 10k in 2017.

The first time I was not in shape at all. I had it in my head that I couldn’t possibly be a “runner”, so I walked a lot. It was still fun. I did it with my hubby, and we smiled a lot along the course. I totally could have pushed myself harder, but that’s the past. The second time I did it, I wasn’t in much better shape, but I was super sick, with a crazy cough, so we walked the whole thing. Nathaniel and his friend wore tutus, and I wore a flowy ballet-esque skirt.

BB10k 2013

BB10k 2014

BB10k 2015 - Probably the leanest I've ever been

The third time I ran is still my PR, and I even qualified for a wave because of it! [The slowest qualified wave, but still!] I probably could beat that time by a tiny bit if I really set my mind to it, but I think that was the best physical/mental shape I’ve been in. It was also after I lost a bunch of weight and had a treadmill at my disposal so I could pace myself better. I do struggle with that on roads and trails.

This year I ran with my best friend. We decided to run for fun rather than run for speed, but we still finished in about an hour and 15 minutes, with a handful of beer breaks (and therefore beer in our bellies). One of the big sponsors for the BolderBoulder is Oskar Blues, so there are a ton of tents set up on the side of the course where they have beer. The course goes through neighborhoods too, so sometimes people are handing out their own drinks, food, jello shots… or are shooting you with hoses or water guns and have slip-n-slides set up. I typically skip the slip-n-slides because I’m a major klutz, but they’re fun to watch! This year there were dancing Chick-fil-a cows, and we got countless high fives. And even though we weren’t running at breakneck speeds, because we were having fun together, the time passed quickly. Another great thing about the BolderBoulder is that they let you have your race photos for free. Anyway, long story short, I’ll take it 😉 We had a great time and I’d totally do it the same exact way over again.

All in all, I ran over 60 miles in May, 20 of which were in organized events with amazing friends. 🏃🏻‍♀️💜