How to make a latex tank top for men and women

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I received a lot of requests about making tutorials with latex clothing, which is easier to make. So I have chosen to make a latex Tank Top Tutorial this time.
It is really easy! It consists of just two pieces and four small seams.

On the pictures you will see that I am working on a latex tank top for guys, but there is no big difference to a Tank Top for girls. Because I have chosen a very simple cut. Like you will see in my drawings.

You need:

1. Pattern

The pattern is super easy! You need your chest, waist, hip and armpits measurements. If you really have problems making the pattern, get one of your tightest shirts to compare it with your pattern.latex-tank-top_girls latex-tank-top_guys

tank-top-diverseTake a look at the drawings to see the difference between guys and girls tank tops and get some tips.
You can easily change the look of your pattern, by changing the front cut out or by designing a special look in the front! See examples in the drawing.

2. Gluing the shoulder seams

O.K. here you can see the two latex pieces for the latex tank tops for guys and the latex strips.

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The color I have chosen is “translucent smokey black” from Radical Rubber.

If we make a latex tank top or similar things like a T-shirt, will we start with the shoulder seams. That is really easy here, because they are so small. Start by cleaning the surface on the shoulder seams. Now apply a thin layer of glue and let it try! Put the shoulder seams together and apply a little pressure with your finger to it, before you roll over it with your seam roller.

3. Reinforcement and application

shoulder-seams2-copyIf you lie your latex Tank Top now flat on your workspace, it will be easy to glue the latex strips on. It is not a must to glue those on, but it will reinforce the cutting edge and if you chose another color it gives a nice contrast.

The latex strips don’t need to have a certain width, because you will glue them on, so that they will lining-of-tank-topoverlap the cutting edge of your latex tank top. After you are done gluing you just cut the overlapping part off. To keep the same width on the tank top, you can make some markings on the top or if you got a good eye measurement do it without it.

4. Glue the sideseam

cut-off-overlapping-latexNow we will glue the side seams together. We start in the armpit!
Clean the side seam and apply the glue. It is easier if you lie your latex tank top right away in position like you see it on the picture. So that you don’t need to move it a lot around after you applied the glue.

glue-side-seamGlue now the side seams, beginning from the armpit down to the hip together. Done!

apply-rubber-cementYou can glue the finishing latex strip on the bottom of the latex tank top after you glued the side seams together or as well before. That depends on how good you meassured everything in first place. If you glue on the latex strip before you glued the side seams together and it doesn’t fit a 100% on the bottom afterward, your pre-work is gone. Because you have to cut the overlapping piece off and glue then again a latex strip on. Nobody is going to have a latex Tank Top where the front part might be 5 mm longer then the back part. That doesn’t look good!

side-seam-armpitchI glue the finishing strip on the bottom of the latex tank top always at the latest point.
But you dont have to do it all if you dont like it.

Have fun gluing and designing!
Kitty

Tutorials and how to May 12th 2009

29 Responses to “ How to make a latex tank top for men and women ”

  1. YelloBird Says:

    Nice one :-)

    The mirroring bit is quite smart, as it stays symmetrical.

  2. Latex Kitty Says:

    Thank you!
    oh.. mirroring its called..I couldn´t come up with the English word for it. I will keep that in mind! :)
    Yes, it just saves drawing material.

  3. Eclectic Monkey Says:

    Thank you for this! This is just what I have been looking for. I definitely over-reached with my first (overly complex) latex clothing project, so have been looking for a good tutotial and pattern on something a lot simpler, so that I can get more practice at the basics.

    This is brilliant.

  4. j.master Says:

    ok…

  5. MissFuzzyBunny Says:

    Looks great!

  6. ÓSK Says:

    Yes its looks great!

  7. Gia Gloveliczyk Says:

    If one makes a mistake on the seams how easy is it to mend? Does one pull apart the seam slowly? If you have already seam rolled it is it a lost cause and one has to start over? Does one use the white spirit?

  8. RBLUVR Says:

    great shirt. do you think you might be able to put together a surf suit?

  9. Latex Kitty Says:

    Hi Gia,

    it is of course possible to take the seam apart again, even after you rolled the seam! The fresher the seam the easier it is! Because the seam gets its strength as well by time, through the chemical reactions! Anyway if you want to open the seam up again you just pull carefully the seam up. Do it carefully and dont pull to hard, if there is a area where its hard to take it apart use the mineral spirit or heptan on a piece of cloth and rub it in the seam so that it dissolves the glue. That will do it!

  10. Latex Kitty Says:

    Thanks.
    Of course, a surf suit is no problem for me or you. :)

  11. Flot side Says:

    Er det også muligt selv at lave bh i latex ?

    En dejlige side…og skønt med de små klip af hvordan man gør.

  12. Feena Fetishfairy Says:

    Go cutie, give us the howto for your great 80’s top now :D

    *hugs*

  13. Gia Gloveliczyk Says:

    All done with the tank top and I am pretty happy with the way it has turned out. Only minor mistakes when making the pattern easy to remedy: Forgot to add seam allowance in so the body is a bit tight and I need to make the arm holes a bit bigger. One thing that confuses me is that for some reason I got the front a bit longer than the back. I have checked the measurements and they are precisely equal length. Is this a common problem? Any ideas as to why this is?

    Thanks for your excellent site! It was the kick of inspiration I needed.

  14. Me and my girlfriend Says:

    I wish I had found the website earlier then i did. Thanks you for the great tutorials.
    After the legging and now the tanktops, could you explain me and the other visitors how to make a full catsuit?
    Because that’s my ultimate goal.

    Thank you and keep us up to date.

  15. Miss Fuzzy Bunny Says:

    Me and, I have to disagree. Posting a catsuit tutorial here would be a big mistake, mainly because once posted, our poor Kitty would have no time for anything else in her life other than approving comments and questions clamoring for more information.

    I also suspect that newbies would totally bypass all the earlier lessons and jump in without any experience and try a catsuit. This would be a shame, because the project would be outside most beginners’ scope, and might discourage them from trying to make latex clothing in the future.

    That said, check out this YouTube tutorial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6b-FBlTgc0

  16. Me and my girlfriend Says:

    Miss Fuzzy Bunny,
    Your are totally right. I also just started to work with latex, but for me it is good to learn the different steps and work towards the ‘ultimate’ goal. Kitty should only add information when she has time for it off course.

    Maybe, if she has time, can make a short tutorial about making patterns. She describes thinks really clearly, she is a great teacher.

    Or maybe add a section where people can help each other? It is just an idear.

    Me and my girlfriend

  17. Kathi Says:

    @Gia
    if i’m allowed to, i will answer.
    the reason why the front is longer than the back is simple. usually your shoudlers (and shoudler blades) are more round than your front (breasts doesn’t matter), so you’ve got more width from shoulders to your waist in the back than the same measurment in the front.

    it’s hard for me to explain, i’m studying fashion in german and not english, but i hope you understood what i was trying to say.

    a great page nad great tutorials! you helped me out a lot!
    dankeschön!

    kathi, austria

  18. Kathi Says:

    and in addition (i forgot that to mention)
    usually the front shoulder “edge” is shortened 1cm, and the back edge enlarged 1cm. so the whole seam moves over a little bit to the front part of the shirt. (using a german pattern system called Müller München)
    i can’t see whether this happened in this pattern, but it could be an explanation

    kathi

  19. Merlyn Says:

    co-worker has been making latex for several years, she’s made some really cool designs

    http://sogoodforbunnies.blogspot.com/2009/07/circus-wear.html

  20. Gia Gloveliczyk Says:

    @ Kathi – Aha. That seems like a possibility and will have to make adjustments to my pattern and see how it works out. Thank you.

  21. ella Says:

    hi Kathy! wonderfull website!!!!!! wel done and thank you!!!!!!
    I just started work on my first latex cloth,as dressmaker I am ok with lots of things,but never work with latex-thank you ,with your tips it is much easy. I trying to atached the swarowsky flat back glass cristals-and I tryed rubber cement and UHUbut didnt work,if any idea what could work? thank you so much.
    Ella

  22. ella Says:

    I am sorry!!!!! lots of spelling mistakes!!! Kathi!!!!! :)

  23. Dezzed Says:

    Kitty,

    This look like a lot of fun!

    Never having done this before, how do you apply your measurements to the tank top pattern?

    thanks.

  24. Dezzed Says:

    This looks like fun and I want to give it a go. Never having made any clothing before, can you give me an idea how you transfer the measurements to the pattern? Take the waist measurement, divide by 2 and that’s how big one half the pattern is? Sorry for the dumb question

  25. OHM Says:

    Hallo Zusammen,

    danke für die Anleitung. Wir haben das mal als unser Erstlingswerk gemacht. Ist super gelungen. Was sagt meine Frau? Endlich mal ein Latex-Top was passt.

    Gruß

    OHM

  26. Latex Kitty Says:

    Das freut mich zu hören :)
    und man ist eben doch mehr stolz drauf wenn man es selbst gemacht hat.
    Viel Spass weiterhin.

    LG Kitty

  27. ShinyBulge Says:

    I think it’s a great tutorial too. I hope you will please make one for the next step — making sleeves for a simple shirt (T-shirt). I imagine the seaming for sleeves is difficult?
    Thank you

  28. Lynn Logan Says:

    I am a newbie at latex making. I tried just to glue a seam together and after leaving the latex to cure overnight, I stress tested the seams and the two pieces came right apart. Can anyone tell me why and how to remedy this problem? lynnsinger1@yahoo.com

  29. Kenny Says:

    Kitty,

    Thank you for all the tutorials. I decided to give this a try as my first project. I have never made any clothing before and have learned a lot from your posts. It seems the only supplier in the US is the link you posted for latexsheeting.com. In your getting started section you say that a good thickness for beginners is .3-.4mm. Their site lists the only sheeting available as:
    .014″ thick (14 mil)
    42″ wide
    I am worried about it ripping and can not tell if they are saying that it is almost 5 times thicker than your recommendation or actually thinner? Thank you for your time.

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