Fireworks, American flags, red, white, and blue, funnel cake, carnival rides, freedom. What a great way to celebrate our country! To show our own pride, my sister, mom, and I made tank tops out of $4 t-shirts at our local wal-mart. So fun. So easy. And we rocked them at the local carnival in Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
My dad has been coming to this island for over 50 years with his parents and siblings, and now with me and my siblings. My Nanny (his mom) lives here on the island year-round and is a great to visit. We lounge by her pool, play games, visit the beach, eat ice cream, ride bikes, hike to the lighthouse…. It’s the best. So when my sister and mom showed me these shirts at wal-mart I knew we could spice them up to make the perfect outfit for our carnival-going night-on-the-town Fourth of July at Chincoteague. It’s on visitors and vacationers- we are from a long-line of chincoteague-goers and now we live here. Step aside, we are coming through!
Here is what we started with:
Then I marked the back where I wanted to cut to turn this into a racerback tank top. So the front of the shirt wouldn’t pull and look scrunched up, I cut in a wide arch for when I tied the straps in the back.
Once I cut and tied the back, it was time for the fringe. Because the shirt curls up on the sides when you cut, be sure not to cut the fringe too thin. On the other hand, nobody likes chunky fringe, so keep the strips between 1/2 inch to and inch. No measuring required! Just get started and adjust along the way- then it will look even better!
Then it was time to put it on and do a photo shoot! I’ll spare you from all the pictures, because there was a lot.