1 afternoon = first tank top

Heyhey,

its fun to sew fast and easy things, because you have quick results:) and this tank top turned out very well, I love it! This one is made out of a nice jersey that doesn’t stretch out when being sewn, but I will do one of other fabric soon, and show you how I prevent that wavy seams. šŸ˜‰ Also it fits the body great, but I have some fabric that does not stretch as much, so those I will give some more cm at the side-seams. But first, how I did this one:

RecipeĀ 

Ingredients

0.7 m of elastic fabric

sewing thread

sewing machine, paper, pen, paper shears, tailor shears, pins and a tank top in your size

Pattern

start by drawing your tank top on paper, one time the front and one time the back and add seam allowance all around, as you can see my parts don’t look even šŸ˜‰ and take a look at the print of my tank top šŸ™‚

to even the sides fold in the middle, the side seam and hem you can cut into one shape at the probably small differences, leave the top with both strap versions

draw the folded part on another paper with both version, then mark the middle between both right corners and both left corners of the strap (I made dots)

and draw the new strap (pink line) then fold the new paper and cut the part folded

and when you fold open you have your front-part

do the same with the back: fold and even out the side-seams and hem

draw the folded top on another paper, with both upper back versions,

find the points in the middle between both corners againĀ and draw a new line, fold and cut.

Cutting

put both parts on the fabric (just one layer, you only need one front and one back) the fold-lines should be parallel to the selvagesĀ 

pin to the fabric and cut.

Sewing

remember to secure your seams at beginning and end

put both parts face-to-face.Ā pin the side-seams and shoulder seams and sew them. I used my stretch-stitch, but zigzag would work to, but the you should fold the seam allowance to one side and sew with zigzag again, I will do one top with only zigzag and show you.

turn the right side out and fold at all other edges 1cm inside, pin them and sew with zigzag. (if your fabric stretches at the seams I show you soon how I prevent that at another tank-top.)

Ā Finished!

How do you like my first tank-top? I will do some more, since tomorrow is public holiday in germany and I have time for them šŸ˜‰

I think this is only a few pictures, but would you like a video-tutorial?

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy

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6 comments

  1. It’s nice to see someone else who see’s how easy it can be to make your own pattern, especially if you’re willing to have a play around!

    • thank you and yeah, something like this is really easy… for more complicated stuff I use patterns though, not that I couldn’t draft them myself, just it is quite difficult to explain the maths behind it just by pictures. šŸ˜‰

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