I dont wear this easy breezy tank as often as I should. It’s got a little bit of wonky-ness in the straps. But I love the delicate swing it has in the hemline and this linen is so light and airy. It’s great for summer. Keep reading for more details!
I’ll start with the fabric. It’s a lightweight linen I got from OnlineFabricStore.net to make my dad a birthday shirt with (I still haven’t talked him into letting me take pictures of it yet!) I pre-washed it and it came out so soft and breezy. I had a little bit left so I thought it would be fun to make myself a top.
The pattern itself is very simple. It has no darts, a center front and back seam (which I used here to give the print of the fabric a chevron appearance), and a button closure on one of the straps. I added the button both as a cute detail and I wasn’t sure that the opening would be big enough to fit my head through. Alas I was wrong, but I still like the button! I cut this top on the bias to give it a little extra swing and because I liked the way the design looked on the diagonal.
This top is actually a wearable muslin I made for one of my Honey Darlin designs (pictured below). I used this pattern as a base before I drew and cut the design lines. I wanted to create a pattern I could use with smaller scraps of fabric. I didn’t change much to the fit, just narrowed the neckline a bit and straightened out the straps. There was a little weirdness in my original draft of the straps as you can see above. I’m not sure how much I like the higher neckline but I was trying to challenge myself to do something a little out of my comfort zone. I think this would be cute if the neckline followed the style line in a “V” shape, but then I’d have to finish it in bias tape and that might be a bit bulky for the denim.
Not much else to say about this tank. I think the design could still use some tweaking so I’m going to keep playing with it. I would love to do more experimenting with the paneled version in lots of different scraps and color ways.
SKIP TO THE END?
Pattern: Self Drafted
Notions: Button from stash
Adjustments: Fix straps, narrow neckline
Finishes: French seams, bias bound armholes
Time: approx 2 hours
Sew it again? Yes! I’d love to experiment with the pieced version in different scrap fabrics.