Make your next favorite tank top! With this technique, you can create a style that suits your body type and something that you can keep making over and over.
Find your favorite tank top
Find your favorite fabric & buy about 1-1.5 yards (if it's your favorite fabric, you won't mind having a little extra around.) Wash it, press it and set it aside.
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Plug-in your iron and sewing machine:)
Find an old sheet or pillowcase to make a pattern with. You will lay your favorite tank top (inside out) on top of the sheet. Cut a little outside of your tank top 1" or so, so you have enough to create a seam.
What else can you do with sheets and pillowcases? My top ten list of creative ideas and projects for sheets, here!
This is the time to make your tank longer or shorter. Scoop-necked or more modest. I opted to make mine a little longer, as I am long torso-ed and can never find a nice long tank top.
Once both front and back are cut out, sew up both side seams and the shoulder seams at the top. No need to finish off the neckline and the armholes at this time.
Try on your pattern piece. Examine how it fits.
Is it long enough?
Does the neckline lay where you like it?
Are the armholes big/ small enough?
Make adjustments to the pattern and once you've got the perfect fit... get out that nice fabric.
Make your pattern- 2 pieces again, by using a seam ripper to separate the two layers, again. This pattern can now be used to cut out a new front and back on your favorite fabric. You can use this pattern over and over and over again to make as many tank tops as your heart desires!
After you cut out your good fabric, you can decide to add a gusset if you'd like a little shape to your top. You can make a gusset by placing right sides together to form a triangle shape.
I placed mine just below the bottom of the armhole about 1" and angled it downward.
Press this seam from the right side.
You can see why it's important to press your gusset seam. I was too excited to try mine on...and did it later. But this photo will give you an idea of where a gusset can fit in and how it can shape a garment.
Sew up your side seams and your shoulder seams. If you have a serger, feel free to zip up the edges of all of the seams. I don't so I just used a zig-zag stick to help with the fraying.
Finish the edges of the neckline and the armholes by folding the fabric over once and then once again to keep the raw edges inside the seam.
Hem the bottom of your tank top. Do this by again rolling the fabric over once and then once again to tuck the raw edges inside the seam. A wider seam at the bottom looks natural.
Step 10 (optional)
Add elastic to the top of the neckline in the back and front.
My fabric was a bit wide on the top when I tried it on, so I opted to add just a little piece of elastic on the inside of the top seams on both front and back pieces.
You could also opt to add elastic through-out the entire neckline by threading the elastic through your top seam. I did this with my knit fabric top.