I am so in love with this tank and I have been wearing it pretty much non-stop since I’ve made it! It goes with everything and it truly is a basic garment that will fill the holes in my wardrobe.
Side note, classic fashion blogger pose! Pretty sure it was unintended but I am shamelessly throwing it in here.
Back to the story, I have been on a hunt for a perfect tank for a bit. Although I love a couple other patterns I tried out, this one for some reason did it all for me. May be it is because the tank itself is very basic and it doesn’t need much effort to put together? I am lazy after all, although I much prefer to refer to myself as someone who likes clean lines and simple elegant designs. It sounds much better than lazy.
The pattern is Eucalypt Tank by Megan Nielsen. I am a proud owner of a few of her patterns and I’ve read a lot of good feedback on them. Take Darling Rangers Dress for example, that dress is a hit with a sewing community! It is also on my list and one day I will get to it. Eucalypt Tank however was the first of Megan’s patterns I’ve tried. I love the simplicity of design and the lack of darts. As much as I love shaped garments, a simple flowy tank is definitely a wardrobe staple. I also love the possibility to change the pattern up. You can add a seam down the front, make it into a dress or make any other alterations to it! I already have a couple in mind that I would love to try next.
The pattern was easy to assemble and everything lined up perfectly. My measurements fell into medium size and I proceeded to cut it out of my fashion fabric. I decided to opt out of making a muslin since the tank was lose fitting and went straight for fashion fabric. I put the tank together using the French seams and bias binding. I hemmed the tank using the baby hem technique Colette has described on her blog. I swear by it! It is so easy and turns out perfect and professional all the time.
Unfortunately when I tried the tank on it was too snug! I like to live on the edge by not making a muslin or at least measuring the pattern pieces I guess… Nevertheless, I was pretty surprised when the tank came out slightly snug in my chest. Rather than letting it out, I decided to make another one, this time I went for a large size. I love basic cream tanks and shirts, and thankfully I had enough of the same fabric leftover to make an identical tank. I guess it was an opportunity to practice all those French seams and bias binding techniques. The second tank turned out perfect! It was lose enough in the chest and looked exactly like I envisioned.
For anyone who is planning to make this tank I would recommend measuring the paper pattern in the chest and comparing it to your measurements rather than cutting a size bigger right away, since in the end I am unsure if it is just me who prefers a slightly looser fit and the pattern itself is fine, or I just plainly messed something up.
As for my first smaller tank I gave it away to my friend who is lucky enough to be tinier than me and inherits all my clothes that come out too small or shrink. I have yet to hear her complain!
Overall I am giving this pattern a big thumbs up. It is a great basic that takes a couple hours to make, doesn’t use a lot of fabric and will definitely be a wardrobe staple. Oh, and the variations… they truly can be endless!