Enough with the baggy waists! Enough!
This ruffly, gathered-just-below-the-waist tank top wasn't doing my figure any favors, but I really loved the pattern, so I uprooted and replaced some of the elastic to make it a better fit for me.
There were some intermediary steps, mainly a lot of trial and error to determine how much fully-stretched elastic I would have to add to remove 5 inches of fabric when unstretched (apparently it's 6-and-a-quarter for this particular piece of elastic), but you get the gist of it.
By following this fairly simple method, I got a nice comfy tank top that's fitted at the top and flared at the bottom.
I wore it to a conference last week.
As you can see, I went all warm and conservative (because conferences are notorious for being overly air-conditioned) with long black pants and a blue sweater and flat shoes because I also planned to do a fair amount of walking....
But once business hours were over, it was time to get glam with bare shoulders, some stylin' (free from a vendor!) shades, and – last but not least – a dramatic pose!