I love, love, love sewing, but let’s face it: there are only so many hours in the week and I’ve got a lot to do. Even before my kids came along I would pile up unfinished projects because I just didn’t have time to complete them, and as anyone that sews/crafts/knits can tell you, there is a point you reach when you just don’t want to finish something. So, I’ve become a lot pickier about what I sew now. One, it needs to be quick. Two, it needs to have some kind of longevity to it. And three, if I’m making the pattern, I’d ideally like it to be something I can take and modify again. Really, this is the thinking behind all my patterns. I’m a pretty practical gal at heart.
That’s why I wanted to share this super-easy tank pattern. It’s very quick, very easy and you can easily customize it as you like. Lots of moms take up sewing as a new (or old!) hobby, and this super easy tank pattern is perfect for newbies and sewists looking for a refresher course. It features a loose, slightly A-line shape and can be made with or without a back yoke detail. The inside is finished with French seams and bias tape around the neck, armhole openings and hem – which means no serger required and you can customize with fun, contrast trims. The shirttail hem is cut longer in the back, perfect for getting down on the floor to play with little ones. Want to make it nursing-friendly? Add the Bridget maternity band underneath. It makes almost any top nursing-friendly by keeping you covered up when you lift up. And of course, the shoulders are wide enough to hide those clunky nursing-bra straps that are forever peeking out…
This pattern is rated EASY/BEGINNER, and comes with sizes A-E (garment bust 37 – 47 inches) It can be made in about 1-2 good baby naps by a beginner (if you don’t know that measure of time yet, you will!) The patterns are now all instant download, which is great for everyone in other parts of the world that don’t want to wait until I wake up to send an email! The print-your-own black & white file features a chart to record measurements and make notes on your project. The instructions also include diagrams on how to put together a printable pattern using standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper, lay out your pieces and assemble the project. Sizing can also be adjusted following given directions. You could use a knit fabric if desired and bind the neck and armhole openings (to cover a bump perhaps?), but I highly recommend pre-shrinking your fabric (if applicable) especially if using certain woven fabrics. To view the instructions and yardage requirements, click here to download.
The Paige pattern can be found here in the pattern shop.