Liola Patterns Ella tank

A pair of summer-ready ella tanks

Ella tank Liola Patterns Indiesew

Guys, can I be honest? I love summer. That time of the year when breezy summer dresses, simple tank tops, and cool shorts zoom straight to the top of my to-make list.

So of course, I’ve been silently stalking patterns for a while now.

I had a few patterns in my mind, and then Allie came along with her summer collection and, hello Ella tank. Please step into my life.

Ella tank Liola Patterns Indiesew

I was really taken with the shape – fitted at the top with just the right amount of flare at the hem.

And all the details that elevate it from just an average, basic boring tank – like the bust darts, the racer back, the yoke and small pleat in the back.

Ella tank Liola Patterns Indiesew

This came together super quick (always so satisfying, right?)

And I especially like all the attention to the finishing in the pattern and instructions – French seams, binding – not a raw edge in sight. Sweet.

Ella tank Liola Patterns Indiesew

In fact this was such a success that I already completed Ella number 2. Slightly modified (read more on all those shenanigans below).

Have you tried any good tank patterns lately? What about Grainline’s tiny pocket tank or the Wiksten tank? 

This pattern was kindly provided by Indiesew for being part of their blogger team. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Cause that’s just how I roll. 

Ella tank Liola Patterns Indiesew

Pattern: Ella tank by Liola Patterns c/o Indiesew.

Fabric: I bought both fabrics from the The Fabric Centre on eBay. Both are a really soft viscose with killer drape. The brown binding was made with some viscose fabric I bought in Walthamstow.

I also used jersey for the inside yoke of the black and white ella. I didn’t have enough of the main fabric, but I like how this worked out. I also cut the back yoke piece against the grainline as this was the only bit of spare space I had left.

Did you make any changes in the pattern or construction?

I made no changes to the tan Ella. What you see is exactly what you get by following the pattern and the instructions.

I went a bit more of piste with the b&w Ella. I raised the neckline by 1″ following the neckline curve for the XL size. I alerted the back shoulder arm scythe (the arm curve) by following the curve of a favourite tank to make it into a tank (as opposed to a racer back).

I also squeezed this make into a tiny leftover scrap of fabric, so the length had to be shortened by 3 – 4″ and the yoke had to be cut on the crossgrain. And I used jersey for the binding and internal yoke piece.

Ella tank Liola Patterns Indiesew

What are you most proud of?

I really like the fit. I cut a small based on the finished measurements. I’m doing this increasingly with loose fitting patterns as I feel I get a more flattering fit on my hourglass figure. Not sure it’s 100% the right way, but, hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right?

For both versions I followed the instructions to the letter – which are great and give you a steller finish.

Ella tank Liola Patterns Indiesew

What will you do differently next time?

I really want to experiment more with this pattern. I love the tan version, but maybe with the slightly raised neckline of the b&w version. I think it’s a potentially great little stash buster too. Score.
  1. Reply
    Noelle

    This looks like a great staple tank pattern for summer! I love summer sewing too… I've already tried Grainline's tiny pocket tank – I think with some mods it will be great. But the back yoke/pleat on this are really quite tempting… 😉

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      I know, that back yoke sure is pretty! Glad I'm not the only one whose obsessed with basic (but perfect fitting) tanks!

  2. Reply
    TheTellTaleTasha

    I don't normally look twice at basic tank patterns because I'm not really into sewing BASIC basics but I might have to cop this one. I like the colors you've used for these.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      I'm converted – basics are where it's at. You should definitely give this a try!

  3. Reply
    Sara

    Got inspired to make one of these after seeing this post. I don't think my fabric was the right choice unfortunately, a poly crepe du chine that frayed very easily so ended up too small across the shoulders and bust. Will have another go. Do you have a link to the eBay shop? A quick Google & eBay search didn't seem to find anything and as a new sewer i'do like to find something that will give similar results to yours!

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Hi Sara, so glad you like the tank. It's such a great staple pattern.

      Sorry you couldn't find the right fabric. Here's the link you were looking for:
      http://m.ebay.co.uk/sch/thetextilecentre/m.html?_pgn=1&isRefine=true

      Let me know how you get on!

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