I’ve prepared a new pattern for you, this time it’s for a women’s tank top. You can wear it as an undershirt, on its own in the warmer months, and also for sports or as pajamas. You can make this top simple and plain or make things interesting with a decorative gap in the back piece. The pattern is, of course, accompanied by detailed photo instructions explaining how to sew both versions of the top.
You can also get the pattern for women's tank top ROSES as part of these two pattern sets:
If you are looking for a pattern for kid's tank top, you can take a look at this one:
You will want to use lighter elastic fabric for this tank top (sing knit, double knit, thinner uncombed laid-in knit with elastane, etc.). You will also need about 2.5 – 3 cm (1" – 1 3/8" ) wide elastic waistband.
You can sew armhole/neckline hems in any way you want. You will find inspiration and detailed instructions for different techniques in this video:
(PS: Don't forget to turn on captions.)
If you liked the video, you can watch the rest of the online course here: Free sewing course - Panties
In the following text, you will find detailed sewing instructions for a women's tank top.
If you are looking for more tips or inspiration, take a look at this article, in which I described how to easily sew a kid's tank top: How to sew kid's tank top
Pattern layot & adjustments
- 1x back piece (cut on the fold)
- 1x front piece (cut on the fold)
You can trim seam allowances of the neckline and armholes if you are going to hem with a knit strip or a lace (so that they won’t get too tight).
Lay the paper piece on the folded back piece. You can ignore the gap if you are sewing the basic version.
Adjust the pieces if you are in between sizes. I, for example, need the tank top to be of bust size 34 and hip/waist size 36, so I need to adjust both front and back pieces a little.
Sew one of the shoulder seams first.
Press the seam allowance towards the back piece.
Sew the neckline hem and hem of the open armhole.
Sew the other shoulder seam. I recommend using a regular sewing machine first, and finishing the seams with an overlock machine (if you have one). A regular sewing machine allows for accurate alignment of the neck opening hem. Sometimes it’s hard to keep the layers from shifting around when working with an overlock, especially when you are sewing through many layers of fabric at the same time.
Clean the shoulder seam and pull free ends of the thread chain near under the loops
Press the seam allowances towards the back piece and fix them in place with a short seam/tack.
This will make the seam flat.
Put the two pieces on top of each other (face side to face side) and sew both side seams.
I recommend using a regular sewing machine for armhole areas to keep the hems aligned.
Clean the side seams so that the left side of the overlock seam touches the original seamline. Pull free ends of thread chains under the loops.
Attach seam allowances near armholes in place with short seams/tacks so that they stay pointed towards the back piece.
Clean the bottom hem and fold it 3 cm (1 3/8") to the inside of the tank top. Topstitch the bottom hem - sew with an elastic stich from the face side of the tank top. Sew about 2.5 cm (1") above the fold.
Prepare front piece and back piece (with the gap).
Sew one of the shoulder seams and work on the neckline hem and the hem of the open armhole Then sew the hem of the gap itself.
The ends of the hem should overlap by about 2 cm (3/4").
If you are using a lace, topstitch and iron the hems.
Secure the hem with a few small stitches (by hand).
The rest of the procedure is the same as for the basic version of the tank top. Sew the other shoulder seam, sew the other armhole hem…
And the tank top is ready. This pattern is great for a quick summer project because you don’t have to spend many hours sewing and you can have fun outdoors instead… :)
You can get the pattern from today's article here:
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