Top – handmade
Jeans – Levi’s Jeggings
Shoes – Loeffler Randall
A loose tank top is really handy for the warmer months ahead. I like how this one is long enough to cover my bum, so I can wear it with skinny leg jeans or tights without being self conscious. The longer side panels fall down to cover the hips, so it’s a very flattering design. You can also wear this tank top tucked into high waisted skirts and pants. This very retro fabric is from eBay; I knew I had to make something that was a modern cut out of this material, to avoid looking like a grandma.
About the Pattern
This is a very simple pattern I drew based on a tank top I already own. I wanted the billowing sides, so I added two side panels which are cut at 90 degree angles. The panels are extra long to create an asymmetrical hem. The construction is very simple – I used my overlocker, so if you don’t own one, you might want to consider finishing off the armholes using bias binding instead of simply folding.
The size is an Australian 8 to 10. That’s US 6 to 8. It’s quite loose, so I think that it might fit slightly larger sizes also. I suggest adjusting the width of the front panel if you want to make it for a slightly larger size.
- Draw, trace and cut the pattern, adding on a 0.5cm seam allowance all round.
- Zig zag or overlock shoulders and side seams of each panel.
- Right sides facing, stitch front and back panel shoulders together.
- Right sides facing, attach side seams together.
- Finish off the armholes. You can either fold, iron and then stitch or use the rolled hem stitch if you have an overlocker.
- Finish off the hem. You can either fold, iron and then stitch or use the rolled hem stitch if you have an overlocker.