Do you know what you want in a tank top? Recently I was browsing online shops to find some tank tops, but I realised I didn’t really know my preference. What kind of neckline? How much ease? How long should it be? Normal or racer back? Besides not knowing what I wanted, I figured they’d probably not fit me that well, and I really should be sewing my own tops. So I started drafting a tank top for myself to discover my preferences and create a perfect tank top.
In RTW I’ve always worn tops that were a bit too short because I’m tall. Fitted ones always end up bunched up around my waist because my hips are a larger size than my bust and waist. It seems such a simple garment, but even here you can have fit issues. I started with my sloper, eliminated the dart by rotating it to the waist and I drafted a racer back. I wanted it fitted in the bust and loose around the hips but still with some waist definition. The first version came out very much wearable, but not perfect yet.
For the second version I lowered the neckline and deepened the racer back. It’s a bit on the short side because I didn’t have enough fabric. I added a pocket for fun, although an IG post confirmed my suspicion of it being a bit of a boob-eyepatch, so next time it should be a bit smaller and higher. I don’t mind, I was happy I even got it on right without shifting on this very lightweight jersey. Both tops have a slight high low hem because I like that curve on the front.
I sewed both tops mostly on my serger, except for the hems. I bound the edges of the neck and armholes with strips of jersey on the cross grain, using my sew-and-stretch method. All on the serger, which is a bit trickier than a regular machine. When I’m using fabric scraps and the pattern is an experiment I tend to be a bit bolder in my sewing and it usually works out fine. Also, I made no attempt at stripe matching. I turned the hems under twice and sewed with a straight stitch. If the seam doesn’t need to stretch, there’s no need for a stretch stitch, even when working with a stretch fabric.
I think I’ll scoop out the racer back some more, and I might lower the neckline and the armholes a bit. I’m going to wear them for a bit before I cut into that nice linen jersey for the final version. What I really like is that the hem is wide enough to swing around. Tanks have always been tight around my hips, but these make for really breezy tops. They’re made out of scraps so they don’t count for my 5 garments pledge but it’s nice to have two new tops made with such little material.
What do you look for in a tank top? Have you found or made your perfect pattern yet?