Modest Mocks – Modesty Part Two

19 Comments February 3, 2012 in Food & Fun, Teen Girls and Women
Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - a modest mock on a red top with low neckline

Same shirt – now modest!

In my last post in this Modesty series I promised to show how to make Modest Mocks, my solution for tops with low necklines. Did you head out to the Thrift Store and get a few tops to work with yet?

If you haven’t read it yet, you may want to check out my post on Low Necklines first!

Special thanks to my friend Sandy Pettyjohn…

Tutu Seamstress Extraordinaire

…for doing the serging for this batch while I drew patterns and took photos. She's the supplier of the dress form as well.

Thanks Sandy, you’re amazing!

Making a Modest Mock

What you need:
An appropriate shirt, small is good (for example a child-size tank top from a Thrift Store)
A couple of snaps
Sewing materials

Step 1: Carefully remove any tags from the back of the shirt.

Step 2: The back of the tank top will be what you will use. Carefully cut the straps on the front side of the top.

Step 3: Cut along the side seam and then across the front. You’ll need to measure it on yourself (just hold it up and see how long you want it – it doesn’t have to be more precise than that) and cut across the back of the top. The shape doesn’t have to be exact.

Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - making a Modest Mock - photo of shirt with chalk lines indicating where to sew with a serger

Here I have used chalk to indicate where I will sew with the serger. You could cut on this line and then zig-zag. The tag has been removed.

Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - making a Modest Mock - red Modest Mock showing final shape and finishing

Here is a Modest Mock in a different color so you can see the final shape and the finishing.

Step 4: If you have a serger, just serge all the unfinished sides. If you don’t have a serger, you can zig zag the edges, or cover it with bias tape (although that involves more cost) or depending on the fabric you can simply cut it with pinking shears.

Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - making a Modest Mock - red Modest Mock being sewn

Sandy does great work – while I take photos!

Step 5: I used little chains of thread to sew one side of a snap onto the top, and the other side is sewn directly onto the fabric. This wraps around the bra strap and keeps it in place. You could attach it with safety pins instead, but I find they sometimes look ‘bumpy’ under the top.

Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - making a Modest Mock - red Modest Mock showing thread chain and snap

The thread chain should be about 1/2" long.

Step 6: Attach the fabric to your bra straps at the height you want it. You will likely need to pull the fabric tightly across your chest to ensure it doesn’t gape when you bend over. I make mine long enough that I can tuck the bottom underneath my bra from the bottom. That helps to keep it from riding up.

Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - making a Modest Mock - attaching a black Modest Mock to a bra

Wrap the attached snap on the thread chain around your bra strap and snap it into place at the height you want it.

Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - making a Modest Mock - black Modest Mock attached to bra

This is what it will look like once it is done and attached. Now you are ready for the top.

Step 7: Put on the top that needed a little modesty help and there you go! Easy and beautiful!

Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - Modest Mock worn with low cut t-shirt

Even regular t-shirts are often too low.

Modest Mocks - Carla Anne Coroy - Modest Mock worn with very open white top

This one was open quite far. But because I made the Modest Mock quite long in the front it works fabulously!

What do you think?

Do you like it? Do you have any other suggestions for making immodest tops wearable?

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