I’ve prepared a new pattern for you, this time it’s for woman’s tank top. You can wear it as an undershirt or on its own, for example in the summer months, for sports and sleeping. You can make this top simple and plain or make things interesting with gap in the back piece. Pattern is, of course, accompanied by detailed photo instructions explaining how to sew both versions of the top. You can find sewing instructions in the article below…
You will want to use lighter elastic fabric for this tank top (one-piece knit, double-faced knit, thinner uncombed tracksuit fabric with elastane etc.). You will also need wide (2,5 – 3 cm) elastic band for the waist area. For example, I’ve made light version of the tank top from cotton knit bought from Důmlátek.cz, available here: Cotton knit with diamond shapes – light pink.
Step-by-step instructions for sewing the tank top
- 1x back piece (folded fabric cut)
- 1x front piece (folded fabric cut)
You can cut seam allowances of the neck and arms openings if you are going to line the hems with knit or lace, so that they won’t get too tight.
Lay the paper pattern on the pieces (folded). You can ignore the gap in the back piece when 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.
Sewing the tank top:
Sew one of the shoulder seams first.
Press the seam allowance towards the back piece.
Sew the hem of the neck opening and hem of the open armhole.
Sew the other shoulder seam. I recommend using regular sewing machine first when sewing with the overlock. Regular sewing machine allows for accurate alignment of the neck opening hem. Sometimes it’s hard to keep different layers from sliding when working with overlock, especially when you are sewing through many layers of fabric and hems at once.
Clean the shoulder seam and pull free ends of thread chain near the neck opening under the loops
Press the seam allowances towards the back piece and fix them in place with a small lock seam.
This will make the seam flat.
Overlay both pieces (face side to face side) and sew both side seams.
I recommend using regular sewing machine for short seams in the area of the armhole hems so that the layers will remain aligned.
Clean side seams so that the left side of the overlock seam runs along the line of the straight seam. Pull free ends of thread chains near the armholes under the loops.
Fix seam allowances near the armholes in place with a small lock seams so that they stay pointed towards the back piece.
Instructions for sewing the tank top + patternClean the bottom hem and fold 3 cm of it to the inside of the tank top. Sew through the hem with the elastic seam from the face side of the tank top about 2,5 cm away from the fold.
Sewing the tank top with circular cut out:
Prepare front piece and back piece with the circular cut out.
Sew one of the shoulder seams and do the hem of the neck opening and hem of the open armhole. Sew the gap hem too.
Ends of the gap hem have 2cm overlap.
Topstitch the hems from the face side and iron if you are using lace for the hems.
Secure the ends of the gap hem with a few fine hand stitches.
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 tank top is ready. This pattern is great for quick summer project because you don’t have to spend many hours sewing and you can have fun outdoors instead… 🙂