How to Make a Sleeveless Blouse with a Zipper

Sleeveless blouses are one of the top apparel items for summer, and in this tutorial I chose to make one out of challis fabric. To off set the black and white pattern I am using a 7″ lipstick pink zipper to give it some color and contrast.

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DIY Sleeveless Blouse with Zipper Tutorial - Materials



Step 1: Pin & cut the pattern

First, fold the fabric in half.  Place the center front pattern piece along the fold line and pin around the pattern.

Place the back pattern in the center and pin.  This pattern is not on the fold because there will be 2 separate pieces for the back.  Cut out both pattern pieces and remove the pins.

Step 2: Sew the front & back

Unfold the front piece and place the back pieces on top of the front.  The right sides should be facing each other.  Make sure the shoulders and sides line up correctly.  Pin the sides and shoulders.

Measure down 8″ from the top of the back. From here on down, pin the back pieces together and make a snip just before the opening.

Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. The first 8″ on the back seam should not be stitched. Stitch the sides and shoulders with a 3/4″ seam allowance. For the shoulders and sides start 1″ in and leave 1″ at the end. Remember to back stitch every time you start and stop sewing.

Step 3: Finish the inside seams

For the inside seams of the sides and shoulders, fold the fabric over a 1/4″ twice, pin, and stitch along the fold.

For the inside seam of the back, fold the seam allowance over an 1/8 of an inch twice, pin, and stitch. Fold the tank top to the right side.

Step 4: Finish the edges

Starting with the armhole, fold the fabric over a 1/2″ twice and pin. Stitch along the fold, back stitch at the beginning and the end. Do the same for the other armhole.

For the neckline, make 1/2 inch snips on the curve.  Fold the edge over 1/2 inch twice, pin, and stitch.

Step 5: Insert the zipper

First, trim off the top of the zipper. Make sure your zipper foot is on for stitching the zipper.

Fold the edge of the fabric over to the inside 1/2″ twice. Pin along the edge of the zipper and stitch along the fold. Remember to back stitch.

Step 6: Hem the bottom

Fold the bottom over a 1/2″ twice and pin. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Once you’re done, the tank top is now complete!

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