Learn how to sew a tank top in this simple sewing tutorial for beginners. Just some basic sewing skills and a yard and half of fabric are all you need to start making your own DIY wardrobe.
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My sewing machine- https://rstyle.me/n/c6mcayb9jx7
Here are some great fabric options that I have used before:
Yarn Dyed Linen in Black- https://amzn.to/2KU3EYq
Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax- https://amzn.to/2MSJGOy
Linen with Stripes- http://bit.ly/2u0tS54
Linen Blend Fabric in Denim- http://bit.ly/2lXRMKl
Cotton Chambray Washed Denim- http://bit.ly/2IYxycl
Yarn Dyed Linen Blend Charcoal- http://bit.ly/2tX3oS6
How to Sew a Linen Dress- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysO0S...
DIY Linen Pinafore Apron- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGT5_...
How to Sew a Tank Top Supplies
1.5 yards cotton, linen, or linen/cotton blend
Matching, or coordinating, thread
How to Sew a Tank Top Sewing Tutorial for Beginners Instructions
Create a pattern
Draft a pattern by tracing around a tank top you already have that fits well. I chose to use a striped linen tank that I have been wearing all summer long.
The front and back pieces of your tank will essentially be the exact same size/shape. The only difference is the front neckline will plunge quite a bit lower than the back.
On my tank I added an opening in the back and a button loop/button. However, I have been wearing a tank this shape all summer long and I've never unbuttoned it. It goes on just fine without it. I like the detail it adds, but it is totally fine if you just want to omit it and make the tank straight across the back. Honestly, I will probably do this next time just because it will be so much easier/faster to make.
Make a master pattern copy
Cut the first draft out on a piece of fabric you don't really care if you mess up. This way you can make sure the shape is right before you go hacking into expensive linen. Copy the pattern pieces you made onto another piece of fabric you don't care about. I used an old sheet.
The reason for this is, you're going to make the first draft to make sure the shape is right. But, if it is, you won't have another pattern piece to repeat the right-ness. If the first draft is a bit off, you can adjust from the "copy" you made. This sounds like a hole lot of rigamarole, I know, but once you get that perfect shape, you're going to want to save the master pattern copy so you can repeat repeat repeat.
You wanna know how many times I have made the mistake of not keeping a "master pattern" for the things I've created in my sewing career? A LOT. I should literally have a dress pattern for every size girls' dress from newborn through size 8/10. And, do I? No, I do not. Because I was too dang lazy to cut out the extra pattern piece. SMH. Learn from my mistakes, friends.
Darts are folds in the fabric that give a little more shape around curvy parts, such as the bust.
Again, optional. These make the piece a little more curvy, but the loose fit totally allows you to skip this step.
To make them, on one side of the front pattern piece, go down from the armpit about two inches and create a 3/4" fold. Taper the fold in so that it ends about 4" in from the side seam. (If this sounds like jibberish, make sure to watch the video above. Its way more clear in visual demonstration.)
Press it in place, and then sew it in place.
Sewing the darts will create a little area where the fabric sticks out a bit from the side of the front piece. Trim that area down so that you have nice straight lines.
Put the tank together
With right sides together, put the front piece on top of the back piece. Make sure the straps, armpit area, and side seams are all lined up.
Sew a 1/4" seam down both sides and at the top of each strap.
Try it on for fit
Try the tank on to make sure it is fitting correctly so far.
At this point, it is still very possible to take it in on the sides, adjust the length, and create a deeper plunge in the front neckline. After the next couple steps, that will no longer be the case.
If it feels awkward, try adjusting the strap length, neckline, and curve around the bottom....
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