Top Four Tank Top Sewing Patterns for 2015
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When my guy and I (and Indiesew HQ) moved to a spacious house last April, I didn’t think twice about the fact that it lacked air conditioning. Growing up in Montana and then living in Portland, air conditioning wasn't super necessary. So, I’ve never fully realized the benefit of this modern marvel. Until this summer.
And to add insult to injury, this summer seems hotter than any other summer...ever. I didn’t take into account that I’d be working all day every day in this sweat box, on the second floor, in a bedroom with one window. “It will only be unbearable to work from home maybe one or two days this summer,” I thought. Yeah…right. For the last two weeks I haven't dared turn on the iron between the hours of 10am and 7pm. It's just too hot.
So for the next two months, the only thing I’ll be able to wear is a tank top and shorts. Luckily, our shop is brimming with both types of patterns. Today, I’m counting down my favorite tank top patterns
for 2015. These are the tops I’ll be living in for the next 60 days straight.
The Biscayne Blouse
by Hey June is a woven blouse with a hidden button placket, chest pocket, and shaped neckband. This on-trend top has a casual fit and can be easily dressed up or down. The designer, Adrianna, didn’t overlook a single detail when drafting this pattern.
The Biscayne Blouse pictured above is sewn in a Heather Bailey rayon challis
. I recommend sewing your Biscayne in a flowy, lightweight fabric to keep cool on the hottest days. Voile
, lawn, chambray or even silk would result in a beautiful sleeveless blouse.
The Greenwood Tank
by Straight Stitch Designs is the basic, knit tank top pattern of the summer. This tank top is fitted through the bust and features a bound neckline and bound armholes. The scoop neckline has two options for more or less coverage depending on your preference.
If you’re new to sewing knits, this is a great pattern to get started. Sew your Greenwood Tank in a cotton spandex jersey for maximum comfort. Once you’ve mastered the fit, try your hand at a drapey version sewn in a rayon/lycra jersey blend.
As part of the Indiesew Summer Collection
, the Ella Top
has been a huge hit among the sewing world this summer. This sewing pattern by Liola Patterns is a casual woven tank top with french seams, bust darts, a back yoke, and back pleat.
We’ve seen this pattern sewn many different types of fabric, as you can see in the Ella Top creations
. Every version is just as stunning as the last. If you prefer a higher neckline, check out our post on How to Raise the Neckline
with a few easy steps.
Brand new to the Indiesew shop, the Together Tank
is the latest pattern by Debbie Brooke Designs.
The top is a casual tank top with a woven front bodice, knit back bodice and bound neckline and armholes. That’s right, this pattern is a woven and knit mashup.
More geared toward the intermediate sewist, this unique design is super flattering and comfortable. With the structure of a woven garment and the comfort of knit fabric, the Together Tank pairs easily with jeans and sandals. The knit fabric used on the Together Tank pictured above is our Salmon Rayon Lycra Jersey
The best part about sewing tank tops? They require very little yardage! Each of these patterns requires less than 2 yards of fabric. And they’re quick. You’ll likely have one tank top cut out and sewn within an afternoon.
I’m headed to Montana tomorrow morning for the second ever Sew Weekend spent with my family. Expect an onslaught of Instagram photos
and new fabric added to the shop
when I return. Enjoy your holiday weekend and happy sewing!