Hey there! Today I'm going to show you how to make basic tank top pattern, using an old tank top that you already own and wear. I love to layer up with tanks as a base layer - they are an absolute essential in your wardrobe! Here is an easy DIY to make your own!
First choose a tank top that you already own (or borrow one!) - I used this old tank top to trace the pattern from - make sure you choose one that fits well and isn't too worn or stretched out of shape!
First fold your top in half and place on a large piece of paper with the fold lined up with the edge. I have used a sheet of A1 butter paper, which is really cheap from the local drawing shop.
Next carefully trace around the edge of your garment, and then add 1cm of width as your seam allowance and add a decent amount for the hem at the bottom. Now is a good time to add length to your pattern if you want to have a slightly longer tank top. Draw in both the front and back neckline to your pattern piece.
Now simply cut around the outer dashed line and you are ready to go! Now onto choosing fabrics. When choosing fabric for your simple tank - make sure you pick something with roughly the same amount of stretch as the original tank and preferably a fabric with 4-way stretch. If you choose more or less stretch then you will have to alter your pattern size slightly to accommodate.
I've chosen four different colours of merino fabrics. I love merino, not only because its something that is a natural, home grown fibre, and of which we have plenty of in New Zealand, but also because it is high quality, long lasting - and it keeps you warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.
As you can see above, I've chosen two bundles which I found in the remnant section at the local fabric store (The Fabric Store), and two others - one an earthy red and the other a ribbed creamy coloured one. These are all mixes of merino and synthetic (which I gather help it to keep its form and stretch). You will want to prewash each fabric to ensure it doesn't shrink later!
Next fold over a piece of your fabric and place the pattern over top with the straight edge to the fold. Make sure that the greatest stretch is width ways across your pattern. Then simply pin or weight in place (I've used empty jam jars) while you cut around the edge for the back of your top.
Once you have cut out one side, repeat for the front, this time with the pattern still in place, mark out where the front neckline should be on the fabric, and then cut out a slightly lower nice even curve for the front.
Simply pin together and you are ready to sew!
Sew a straight stitch down each seam, 1cm from the edge, and then tidy your seams with a zigzag stitch and trim. Then simply fold each raw edge (neck, armholes and hem) over by about half a cm and zig zag along the edge, and your done!
*You can kind of see that this top has a little gape at the arm hole, which I altered for the remaining 3 tops.. but I'll probably go back and try to bring it in a little to fix :)
Here's how I would usually wear my tank tops in winter. The cropped jersey shown below is one of my favourite DIY styles, and will show you a bit later on!
Thanks for visiting!