on the bias tank

Oooo, yes, it feels so good again to just do something.  Just make something that I just sketched out and not care if it really turned out or not. As an extra bonus I figured I could add it to my work attire (ha, it’s quite lacking for summer).  I made this tank similar to one I already have and love.

I used a Free Spirit Solids Voile (although I can’t find the name of the color – it’s a deep navy blue) that I had gotten from Pink Chalk a long time back.  I wasn’t entirely sure what I would make with it, but this seems as good as any!  I might even have enough left over to make a cute little skirt for one of the girls.

I traced my pattern from the existing tank, and cut it on the bias.  I used some precious pieces from my Liberty of London splurge as bias tape facing around the neck and arm holes.  I like how it’s still minimal and streamlined looking to the average viewer, but I know there’s that cute little floral in there – just for me.

Now before I let you go thinking like I’m cool, like Rae who can pump out an amazing top in no time flat, I did manage to forget to add a seam allowance for the side seams.  Oops.  It actually fits like a glove (miraculously), but I’m usually used to layering tanks under my tanks, weird habit? Ah well.  This doesn’t need it and with a little lightweight cardigan I can wear it at the office.

And don’t worry, I’ll definitely be trying this same style in knit, oh yeah!

36 thoughts on “on the bias tank

  1. moxiemandie says:

    lovely! I do like the cute liberty ‘bling’ for yourself, too! 😉

  2. Dolly says:

    I do that alot……..start something, just kindof as an experiment, with fabric that I can ‘lose’ if it doesn’t work out just right. It’s so great when it DOES work out !

    Nice job, and cute look. The floral fabric is a nice touch…….just like a designer !

  3. Lauren says:

    love it! you are so talented!!! i have a question for you: have you done, can you do or do you know where an easy tutorial is for putting in zippers!?! thanks!

  4. Krista says:

    This is so simple and pretty! That touch of Liberty is perfect, even if you can only see it.

    Seriously, you have another job too? You may have forgotten the side seam allowance, but you are still Superwoman!

  5. Jeni says:

    This is seriously so cute! I can’t believe you winged it, super cool! 🙂

  6. It’s perfect and so pretty! That little bit of Liberty makes it!!!

  7. Jenniffier says:

    Very cute. IT looks lovely!

  8. Emily says:

    Love the pretty drapeyness (without being baggy) and the liberty trim. 🙂

  9. Jeannie says:

    You did an awesome job! I think it fits you perfect and it looks elegant to the max!

  10. Erin says:

    This is such a nice shirt! I’m such a fan of racerbacks tanks. Nice work!

  11. I’m loving the secret Liberty! Great top, it’s so good when experiments work 🙂

  12. Pascale says:

    It looks great! And I bet you could make a dress like that too since it’s cut in bias…

  13. Kerry says:

    Very classy! I do like the sneaky peek of floral of the binding, definitely worth it

  14. Sarbear says:

    So cute and a great idea. I love the little inside trim. 🙂

  15. Irina says:

    Beautiful! you’re an artist!

  16. it’s very nicely executed 🙂

  17. Kelli says:

    So cute! And I love the Liberty bias tape. It’s those little things that make the top that much better. Now every time you put it on or catch a glimpse of them, you’ll know…oh yeah, this worked out great!

  18. Jess says:

    so, so cute. Love the little liberty pop too…you know it will make you smile every time you look in your closet! So worth it. 😀

  19. Carolyn says:

    It’s gorgeous! Simple yet it has a little something extra on the inside (I love the bias binding). The fit looks perfect and I love the drape. So lovely!

  20. skirtastop says:

    i was all “oh, what a cute top anna made,” and then i saw the liberty bias binding and was all “WOAH, that’s AWESOME!” you definitely punched it up a notch! wonderful.

  21. Erin says:

    beautiful! i love the floral trim!

  22. Amy Prior says:

    beautiful and relaxed!

  23. Poppyprint says:

    Clever girl. That bias binding is precious.

  24. Vanessa says:

    What a perfect tank! Looks effortless. Really love the Liberty bias tape detail! I just got my first piece of Liberty fabric and have no idea of what to do with it. If I get brave, maybe a top for myself.

  25. mblow says:

    I want your sewing courage. I love simple garments like this.

  26. Marina says:

    Nice top Anna and your quilt was truly beautiful – such a great showcase of the fabrics and colours….

  27. Krista says:

    Looks so comfy. That’s my favorite type of back. I feel like I have broad shoulders (all those years of swimming, right?!) and so I like to break it up with a racerback. Maybe I’ll get brave and try this. 🙂 Have never made something to wear without a pattern.

  28. super cute! i love the flowers, too.

  29. Sascha says:

    Love the simplicity. The Liberty is perfect.

  30. This looks so nice on you, Anna. I love the color and the racerback. Very cool.

  31. Sarah R says:

    Very pretty! I can’t wait until I can wear cute stuff like that again. LOL. Oh, and I love the racerback as well — a tribute to your swimming days? 😉

  32. Dahlia says:

    You look so pretty Anna! I just bought (I know, shame I didn’t make them) voile sheers for jeremy’s office windows. I bet this tank is just perfect for those hot mid-west summer days! Nice work 🙂

  33. Vanessa says:

    I love the tank you made. Simply lovely!

  34. It looks so pretty! Really well done.
    I layer tanks under my tanks, too. 🙂
    x Katherine

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