I absolutely love finding patterns for wardrobe staples. The kind you can sew and wear regardless of the season. Simply add a shrug or cardigan for cooler weather and you are all set. The Foxglove tank fits the bill! I have also been wanting to sew for myself more often but lack the time to spend on lengthy complicated patterns. This pattern is such a quick, fun sew and the results are amazing. The pattern comes with so many fabric choices that you can dress her up or play her casual:
- stretch fabric
- wovens with fluid drape
- french terry
- rayon challis
- and on and on!
I chose to use an Essex linen paired with a stretchy bit of a lace. I am very pleased with the result.
However, the linen was a bit too stiff for the flow of the pattern so I would recommend using a tissue linen or a double gauze if you want that wrinkled yet classic look and feel. The Foxglove tank ranges in size from 00-20 and can be easily customized for any shape. I plan to make my next one a lot longer to wear with some jeans and boots once the cold weather hits. That option is explained also. Lauren will walk you through all of your options whether it be fabric choice, (there are separate instruction for woven vs stretch), length, even style. There is a split top option for a seam down the middle, making this pattern wonderful for color blocking. Even a split top back to add the tunic style touch to the top that is so popular. I see one in that style in my very near future.
For my version I simply cut both front and back pattern pieces on the fold and cut another back pattern piece from my lace. I did choose a spandex lace because I have 4 sons and the thought of anything super delicate surviving in their vicinity is a crazy thought!! I basted the lace onto the right side of the back using a 1/8" seam allowance. Pins were my best friend here! Lots of pins! Lace tends to be a bit slippery. Once the pieces were basted I treated the unit as one and finished the tank as per pattern directions. I did hand stitch my binding at the finish but just where the lace was sewn. I personally didn't want a stitch lines through the lace.
I hope you enjoy the Foxglove Tank as much as I do and sew one, or two, up for yourself. Thanks for hanging out.