I'm loving woven fabrics! Quite a few of my summer items in my closet (things that I purchased several years back) were made from woven fabrics. I love these items because they're cool and breathable for hot weather. But when I started sewing, I found that pretty knits were easy to find. Not only could I easily get pretty double brushed poly or cotton lycra, but I could also very easily find sewing patterns that I liked drafted for knit fabrics. It seemed, in Facebook sewing groups, like everyone was sewing knit fabrics. Knits were just more popular for a while. Thankfully, recently, quite a few designers are coming out with new woven designs. And, I think everyone was ready!
The woven pattern I'm showing you today is the new woven tank by Winter Wear Designs. Meet the new Double Take Tank! The name Suzanne chose is perfect for this pattern, and you'll see why!
This pattern is drafted for woven fabrics. You'll want to use something with good drape for the top so that it will lay nicely. In the graphic from the website, you'll see recommended fabrics.
Since the pattern is drafted for wovens, with no stretch, it is not a snug fitting tank. There are no closures to worry about either. It easily pulls over the body. There is a dart at the bust, and the tank is tapered in slightly at the waist to give the top a beautiful feminine shape.
There are two hemlines to choose from. You can use either the straight hem or the shirttail hem (that is slightly lower in the back). My top is the straight hem. You can also choose a short or longer hemline.
You will have a couple of options with your bias tape. The bias tape will be used to finish your neckline and arm holes. The pattern recommends making your own bias tape, and gives excellent instructions if you choose to do so. You can use single fold bias tape (that cannot be seen from the outside), or double fold bias tape (that will be seen from the outside).
I used a rayon fabric from Joann's. If you watch the coupons and sales just right, you can get fabric from Joann's at a good price. But otherwise, you may want to order online. When I got mine, Joann's had their "silky fabrics" on sale. I've just learned that you have to watch the sales and coupons at Joann's for it to be worth it! But they really do have some pretties, if you go look there! Here is the fabric I used: https://www.joann.com/silky-print-rayon-fabric-53-green-orange-leaves/15780919.html#q=silky&prefn1=prod_type&sz=36&start=73&prefv1=Product
As I mentioned, my top has the scoop back option and a straight hem. My top was made using the short length. I have long legs and a short torso, so I feel like this is the perfect top length for me. I used the 100% Rayon Fabric from Joann's and it drapes and fits perfectly. I made a size small according to my measurements, and amd happy with the fit. I chose to use store bought bias tape because I didn't think I had enough fabric to make my own. I may try making my own in the future, because I think it would be easier to work with and would potentially give a better finish. Making your own bias tape is ideal because it's the same weight as the fabric and will be easier to "stretch" to fit. But, store bought obviously does work. 😉
- Drafted for woven fabrics
- perfect for beginners
- excellent photo instructions and line drawings to explain every step, as with every Winter Wear pattern
- options for scoop back or racerback back
- straight hem or shirttail hem (curved hem in back)
- shorter or longer length
- two options for bias tape (single or double fold)
- instructions to make your own bias tape
- this is a "Wardrobe Builder" pattern so $5 forever!!
Thank you so much for checking out my post! I have included my affiliate link to the pattern throughout this post. I would so appreciate you using it if you choose to purchase! 🙂
Go see the pattern here: https://www.winterweardesigns.com/collections/winter-wear-wardrobe-builders/products/double-take-tank-for-women-size-xxs-xxxl?aff=46 (affiliate link)
See the Winter Wear Designs site here: http://www.winterweardesigns.com?aff=46 (affiliate link)
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