HI Fashionistas!!

I have been sewing up a storm. The last week was probably the busiest sewing week of the year for me. I was working on multiple projects for myself and also many for VBS. Starting today, I am in mental vacation mode and also in selfish sewing mode. All I want to do is eat, sleep and sew! While that is not exactly possible, I do plan on spending every free moment in my studio.

Here is my latest sewing project. I made this DIY Date night tank top.



I participated in the Fabricista Blog Summer of T Shirts Event and this was my spin on Mccalls 6964, view A. I’ll be showing you how I hacked this basic t-shirt pattern to get something a lot more dressy!



Here is my sketch….


which was the inspiration for this top…

There is nothing special about the back of the tank. Its pretty basic.  While I did not alter the armhole on the pattern, I did end up lowering the armhole by about 1/2 an inch after I did my 1st fitting.


I did end up creating a centre back seam after I did my initial fitting. It is not part of the pattern but it can give you a better fit if your knits has  moderate stretch like the pattern calls for.



Here is a close up of the lace. I sewed it such a way that it looks like a cap sleeve.  The chains are from the beading section of Joann Fabrics. I hand stitched them down on the shoulder seam of each shoulder,  catching the stitches in the seam allowance of the shoulder seams.



Here is a close up of the ruffle. To create the ruffle, I used one long strip of chiffon, folded it lengthwise, and stitched it to create a tube. Then flipped it right side out, and created some loose box pleats on it. I wanted voluminous ruffle, very unstructured… and I was able to accomplish that with the chiffon. I love chiffon!



I can best describe this tank as romantic. I love this look. The black look is dressy, I would love to pair this with a dark blue skinny jean. If you make this in a lighter color like blush or ivory, it would be perfect for brunch or shopping with the girls!


Details on how to make this tank are below:
I started off with Mccalls 6964 view A.  I only cut the front and back bodice pieces, and ignored the binding. Since I am making a tank top, I ignored the binding pieces. The neckline, hem and armholes are overstitched, so I did not need to cut the bindings.


I like to simplify my sewing where I can. If you don’t have a coverstitch machine, you can create a cover hem using a twin needle. See my tutorial on that HERE
Typically I do not trace off patterns, but a pattern with minimal markings makes for an easy to follow visual aid.. so I traced off the front bodice onto pattern paper.  There are 2 types of pattern paper I typically use:
  •  Medical exam paper (typically for my working patterns)
  • Banner paper , typically for my production patterns. I like using banner paper the most, because it is sturdy, easily accessible and inexpensive  (Office supply stores like Staples and even Walmart carry them.)

              Here is the front bodice piece. I made the following markings on the pattern.
  • The green is the stitch line marked, which is 5/8 from the pink line, which is the original cut line.
  • The only alteration I made is the neckline, I squared off 1/2 inch from the centre front, to convert the V neck to a scoop neck. The squaring off is important to prevent a pointy shape. Then I drew a scoop neck as desired. This is drawn in purple. I did not lower the neckline.


If you are going for a fitted tank like mine, remember to take negative ease into account ( the pattern needs to be smaller than your measurements). I used a rib knit, so I know how it will behave. If you are not sure what size to cut, its a good idea to find a tank top in your wardrobe and take some flat measurements from it. Then use a similar fabric. When in doubt, start with a bigger size and take it in as needed. Since you are converting a t-shirt pattern into a tank top, don’t be surprised if you have to take in the side seams and shoulder seams, unless you proactively cut a smaller size.


I am in the middle of sewing about 5 more things! I hope you are doing well and sewing away! If you liked this tutorial, please check out the rest of my tutorials HERE. I hope you enjoyed this DIY. I’ll see you soon with my next creation!



15 Comments on Date Night Tank Top

  1. You did it again, Vatsla! Creating a stylish high-end look
    out of a simple pattern. That is what it’s all about when it
    comes to creative cloths-making . Chapeau, fashionista!

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