Have you tried the Lago Tank from Itch To Stitch? It is a free pattern! Oh the joy! Oh the love! I was a tester for the Lago Tank and fell in love, it is a great fitting tank and fills a hole in my wardrobe for warmer weather. I don’t like wearing sleeves much. So short sleeves and sleeveless tanks are right up my alley.
This Instagram picture and my fit and style pictures are all I have to document my original tester tank…when I moved last year I packed the tank in my duffel to wear for the moving and unpacking period and did wear it for that but then it disappeared somehow. Not even joking. I have no idea what happened to it and wish I did because I could be wearing it right now in comfort and style. I used This Fabric from Simply By Ti Fabrics for my original and it sewed up like a dream!
I did have to make some adjustments to the pattern for my personal fit preference. I shortened the arm bands by several inches so the fabric would cover my bra, I try not to show bra or bra straps if I can and you could see a little bra from the side so I shortened the band to bring it in at the designers suggestion. This picture shows how low it was before I unpicked and shortened the bands to bring it up.
I also shortened it. It is meant to be a tank that covers you if you bend over and it still does, I am just a few inches shorter then the pattern is drafted for. This pattern is perfect for making several for assembly line style sewing. It is a very quick make! I actually made one for my sister this summer, a cropped high low tank using the Lago out of this Girl Charlee fabric. She loves it which made us both happy!
I want to make a few for summer wear but have not quite settled on a fabric…perhaps one of these? This post by Sewing By Ti using that same olive damask print (but a different pattern) makes me lean toward that fabric, and in fact; was why I bought it…sometimes it is hard for me to stick to my original plans. Originally the green damask was for a Lago, the pink floral a Mary Peplum, the fuchsia ikat a Lago or Ladies Fun Tee, the turqouise print for Polliwogs Leggings for my daughters, the blue and black broken chevrons were made into a Mary Peplum with Portlanders in mind for the remainder. The purple damask was intended for an Angel Top, and the animal print was inspired by another Lago tester-Ilse’s animal print version. She is so stylish! I highly recommend looking through her wonderful makes on her blog or Instagram.
So if you are looking for a tank top for spring and summer wear I recommend trying the Lago and especially in a Simply By Ti knit! Robynne of Robynne And The Bobbin did a head to head comparison of using Simply By Ti cotton Lycra vs rayon spandex here if you are wondering how the fabrics compare.
Happy sewing my friends!