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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.