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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 7: Put on the top that needed a little modesty help and there you go! Easy and beautiful!
What do you think?
Do you like it? Do you have any other suggestions for making immodest tops wearable?