I’ve been on a mission for the perfect tank pattern. One that can be worn on its own, with a loose fit so I can wear it with skinny jeans and with sweaters in the winter. But, I don’t want it to be a tent – it has to have some shape. I have a few from Nordstrom that I love. When I started sewing, I was sure I could replicate them. They were exactly what I wanted but expensive for what they were – just simple polyester tops.
This supposedly easy-to-replicate basic wardrobe piece has turned out to be elusive. The only pattern I’ve found that’s close is the Wiksten Tank. I like the fitted shape through the shoulders and the longer length in back. There are several examples around the internet that are super-cute.
When I made it initially, I followed the sizing guidelines and the shirt was so huge, it was unwearable. So, I re-printed, taped and re-cut the pattern in a Small and it worked out much better. That was a pain but the nature of the beast with pdf patterns.
I like the fit in theory but I will need to make some adjustments on the next version. First, this requires a fabric with a nice drape. Even this linen I used was too stiff. It ended up looking huge in front – I’m not really going for the pregnant look! With a more drape-y fabric, it would lay nicely and look exactly how I envisioned. In fact, after seeing these pictures, I’ve decided not to make a second tank in the same fabric (different color); it’s just too stiff to be flattering.
The back neck gapes on me so I will adjust for that. I saw an easy way to fix that on Made by Rae which I’d like to try. I also think that shortening the bias binding just a smidge around the neckline will help it lay better in front.
I’ve wondered for awhile if I need to learn how to do a swayback adjustment. The pooling of fabric at my lower back sure makes it look like I need to. I’ll have to figure that out.
This is a great pattern which is easy to make. The pattern calls for french seams which I love since I don’t have a serger. It’s quick too – it can easily be done in an evening.
It’s definitely a pattern I’ll make again when I find the right fabric!