The Tank Top Top
It's fun, it's easy. It's light, it's breezy.
It's just what you need for summer and spring!
Part 1 --Today in Part 1 we'll cover materials, measurements, and steps for constructing a tidy little hem.
Here's what you'll need:
-a tank top
(I got mine at Target on sale in the pajama section, so it has one of those funky "built-in-bras." Don't let that throw you off in the pictures. You certainly don't need to have this kind of tank top. A regular one will do just fine.)
-1 yard of fabric for the "skirt" of the top
-1/4 yard of coordinating fabric for your hem
-general sewing supplies
All seam allowances are "lined up with the edge of my presser foot" (i.e. between 1/4" and 3/8") unless otherwise stated.
Cherry Lane Textiles. I really love both prints, but I just have to say that the gray fabric with the flowers is so soft. Like, I really don't know if I've ever had regular cotton fabric feel so wonderful and soft. And right now it's on sale! Anyway...
Let's get started!
Multiply the width of your tank top by 1.5 to figure out how wide to cut your fabric. (For example, my tank top measured 16" across, so I knew that I would need to cut my fabric pieces to be 24" wide, plus 1" for seam allowance for a total of 25" wide.)
Cut two rectangles by the measurements you decided on. (Mine were 18" long and 25" wide.)
Then cut two strips of your coordinating fabric to be 2" long and as wide as your other fabric pieces. (Mine were 2" long and 25" wide.)
I know what you're all thinking. You're thinking that I'm crazy. "Didn't she just tell me to press the seam open? Now she's telling me to press it closed again?" Yes, yes I am. Pressing the seam open first will make it so you have nice and crisp edges when you turn your fabric right side out and will prevent your seams from turning in on themselves. Just trust me on this one.
See you then!
If you're ready to move ahead, you can move on to Part 2 and Part 3. Happy sewing!