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Crisscross Open Back Tank DIY

One of my favorite trends this summer has definitely been the open back tanks, blouses, and dresses. I just can't get enough of them, especially when paired with a pretty bandeau. This projects requires just a handful of supplies and only took me about 30 minutes to make. Enjoy!

Supplies: thin fabric with edges that don't fray, (faux) leather cord (I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby), sewing machine.
Pantry Supplies: scissors, masking tape.

1// Begin by measuring out and cutting the pattern of the top. I measured it around my chest and added an extra 15-20 inches to the width. The length of my top was 16 inches. The extra inches in the width is to create an open back. 2// Next, fold it in half width-wise and mark the middle with a sewing pin. From there, hold it up to your chest and measure out where you would like the straps. With the middle pin as a guide, place symmetrical pins where you would like to attach the straps. 3//  I used six pieces of faux leather cord for each strap, making twelve pieces total. Mine were 20 inches long each. To prevent fraying, attach a small piece of masking tape to each end. 4// Once you've cut the leather cord, stitch them in a straight line where you marked the placement for the strap previously with the sewing pin. Make sure the ends are secure and hidden on the inside. I stitched over each piece of leather cord three times for extra security. Be sure to cut off the extra cord where the masking tape is attached. 5// Next, create the shirt form by stitching together the open fabric ends. 6// Lastly, crisscross the straps and stitch them to the back of the shirt. I had 19 inches in-between the back of my straps which created the open back, but I highly suggest pinning and trying it on before stitching it since everyone's size/shoulder structure is different. 

And that's that. Badabingbadaboom. 


  1. Cute tutorial!


  2. So pretty and super easy!

  3. where did you get your adorable bandeau?!

  4. I have been all about open backs this summer, and this looks just lovely! Wonderful DIY!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  5. I love this trend so much, such a casual way to stay cool and still look good x

  6. Aww, this is cute and so simple! I love it.


  7. Great idea! Looks so breezy! Amazing.

  8. That looks perfect on a hot and humid day like today!
    By the way, isn't it so fun to find huge leaves like that? One of life's simple pleasures. :)

    - Steph

  9. I'm definitely in love with your photos. It's show a beautiful story and I'm jealous of your life is so amazing :)

    Sorry my english is not very well...

  10. Love the Tank!! Kinsey, if i may ask, where did you get you black shorts.


    ps: I love your photography style

  11. Such a cute look, love the tutorial!

  12. So pretty!! I love the style of your photos!!! I would LOVE for you to share this at "That's My Style" Link Party this FRIDAY! I hope to see you there. :)

    Karla @

  13. love this so cute!! <3



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