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Great Tank Bonanza: Saltbox and Hunter

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

Indiesew Great Tank Bonanza | Saltbox and Hunter

It's the final day of the Great Tank Bonanza! For the past two weeks, we've been comparing different tank top designs in the Indiesew Pattern Shop. If you missed out on our blog tour, be sure to catch these comparison posts:

My last post in this series is a bit different. The two tank tops I'm showing today are nowhere near similar. One is a basic silhouette with fun design lines. The other is a cropped tie tank. But both provide a great opportunity for color blocking, so that's what I did.

I also wanted to highlight four new coordinating fabrics in the Indiesew Fabric Shop. The fabrics you see below were just added today and won't last long! There's extremely limited yardage of each.


Saltbox Top by Blueprints for Sewing | Saltbox Top by Blueprints for Sewing

The Saltbox Top by Blueprints for Sewing is an asymmetrical tank top or tee shirt complete with side vents. This design has a loose boxy shape, with very little shaping, making it cool to wear on hot summer days.

Great Tank Bonanza | Saltbox Tank Top

I sewed the size A/B graded out to the C/D at the hips. The fit is absolutely perfect through the shoulders and under the armscyes.

I used our Coral Bluebells Rayon Challis for the largest panels of this design and our Salmon Tencel Shirting for the smaller panels. Both fabrics are very similar in weight and drape, so they sewed together beautifully. | Saltbox Top by Blueprints for Sewing

Here I'm wearing my Saltbox Tank with my Chi-Town Chinos. I like the top left loose with the side vents on full display. But it also looks great tucked into shorts or high-waisted jeans.

I find that the straps of this tank top, while narrow, cover my bra straps perfectly. Overall, I could not be more pleased with my new tank top. Only changes I would make next time? I'd either lengthen by an inch to account for my long torso or make this into a cropped tank (a style I'm really loving right now). Hopefully I'll have time to make both versions soon!


Hunter Tank by Jennifer Lauren Handmade

Indiesew Tank Top | Hunter Tank Sewing Pattern

The Hunter Tank by Jennifer Lauren Handmade is a bias-cut, cropped woven tank top with bust darts and a waist tie. This design has a center front and back seam and a bias-bound neckline and armholes.

Hunter Tank | Jennifer Lauren Handmade

I sewed a straight NZ size 8 (US size 4) in this tank. I probably could have sized up to a 10 being between sizes. 

I sewed the front of this top in our Ivy Bluebells Rayon Challis and the back in our Jade Tencel Shirting. The skirt you see here is self-drafted and also sewn in the same Tencel shirting.

Hunter Tank by Jennifer Lauren Handmade

I love how the Hunter Tank ties right at your natural waist, so it really accentuates your curves. Because this top is cut on the bias, it does make cutting out shifty fabric even more challenging. I recommend starching your fabric well if you plan to sew this top in a lightweight fabric like challis or crepe. I noticed some stretching of my side seams, etc. because of this.

I'd like to make this top again in a more stable fabric like a rayon/linen blend. I think a solid red version would look great with a pair of culottes or the Birkin Flares!

Overall, I'm super happy with both additions to my wardrobe. Tank tops are quick projects and they require such little fabric, so they're great for summertime sewing when time is limited and temps are high!

Pattern Sale Ends Tonight!

Our Great Tank Bonanza pattern sale ends tonight! To get 20% off any of our tank top sewing patterns, just checkout with coupon code GREATTANK before 10 p.m. MT this evening.

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