Itch To Stitch Lago Tank

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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.

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 I may have to order that fabric again to make a doppelgänger tank to this one. I loved wearing it with this cardigan.

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!

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Ye gads. The fit of these RTW pants is terrible in retrospect. And to think they were my favorite pair forever! They are a knit and I finally bought Ponte and that is indeed what they are, though I got a lighter ponte then they are made of. 

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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.

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I had to lighten this ridiculously to be able to see the difference in the Lago and the under tank I wore to cover my bra. 

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!

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However, on a note about this particular fabric: It is printed onto the fabric and it was not printed on grain. Trying to get any kind of pattern matching is practically impossible.  Which is quite unfortunate as the print is really pretty in person and the fabric is lovely if it was not for that.

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.

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Fabrics 1, 2,  4, 5, and 7 are from Simply By Ti Fabrics and are all still available. Fabric 3 is from Girl Charlee and fabric 6 is from Fabulace and neither are currently available from them, though similar prints are.

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!

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