I often feel more excitement about tackling more complex or unique projects, but there is something very satisfying about making a beautiful basic item. That was the case with this tank top. It is such a simple item with only two pattern pieces, but that meant I was able to put my sewing efforts into perfecting the construction. I started with a pattern that I knew would fit perfectly (a shift pattern block that I’ve used as the base for many projects), chose a lovely fabric (a navy rayon challis on sale for about $3 a yard at my local Hancock’s), and used the best techniques that I know to construct a staple piece that I’m excited to add to my wardrobe.
Design/Pattern: my basic shift pattern block, taken from Built by Wendy Dresses, shortened and widened a smidge
Materials: 1 yard of navy rayon challis, bias tape made from the leftovers
- bust darts
- French seams
- applying bias tape finishes to arm & neck openings
- shortened dress pattern to hip length
- brought the neckline down about one inch
- widened about 1 inch at the hem, tapering up to the waist
I wanted to wear this top immediately after I had it hemmed, which is always a good sign. This tank top, although very simple, deserves an A. It’s going to do its job very nicely. It looks good on its own with shorts, jeans or a skirt, but it also layers nicely under sweaters and jackets. If that doesn’t make it a perfect basic, I don’t know what would. The color will also coordinate well with my recent navy blue kick.