Tank times

I spent a silly amount of time choosing a basic woven tank pattern. I passively waffled for a month trying to choose between Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank, the Wiksten tank and drafting my own from a RTW tank.

The Wiksten tank won out because the neckline and armholes looked low enough and I surmised that the lack of darts wouldn’t be problematic for someone of my  shape. I decided against drafting my own after a cost-benefit analysis; I’m guessing it would have taken me 2 hours to copy my tank (and another hour to find it), but $8.50 and a half hour to tape the PDF printouts together. A quick project should be a quick project!

I made a test tank and decided to lengthen the straps by 1/2″ in the front and back. Then, with great trepidation, I cut into the beautiful cotton/silk blend I bought from Stephanie’s stash. (I discovered her blog recently and scoured it in one long sitting. That’s when I discovered her “Shop My Stash” link. I had a GREAT experience buying fabric from her. Thanks, Stephanie!)


I did the dress version (although at my height, it’s more of a tunic). I’ve already worn it three times in a week.

My sister cracks me up

The silhouette is pretty billowy below the bust, but I think the ligher fabric drapes nicely enough to make it work without a belt. I did wear one when I wore it to work, along with a denim shirt.


My sis took these pictures of me, as one might have guessed because how nicely they turned out!

This also happened:


Since this is probably the face I make when I’m zoning out, it’s no wonder I’m usually the second-to-last person people sit next to on the bus. (The person talking audibly to themselves always wins). I don’t believe that women – or anybody – need to smile all the time. Just funny to catch a glimpse of how one might appear in the world!

Back to the Wiksten tank – I can already think of a few variations I want to make! Button plackets, color blocking, sleeves, collars… Do you have a favorite woven tank pattern?


40 thoughts on “Tank times

  1. it’s great to see the longer version of this – i have had it cut out and waiting to be sewn for months! yours looks great, and i can see why you feel for that fabric – it’s lovely.

  2. oooh i love this. the fabric you used is fantastic! i do plan on making the grainline tank, but haven’t had a chance yet. i love tanks made from wovens for summer, they’re so comfy!

  3. I’m still looking for a tank pattern…or deciding to draft my own…the time I’ve spent wondering about it I probably could have done it by now. Love yours…fabric is v. cool.

  4. Oh, you look so pretty as usual! The tank has been on my sewing list for such a long time! I think I’d get good wear out of it, and I’m sure you will too… can’t wait to see more variations! ~Louise

  5. I love the fabric and I especially like your tunic belted with the denim shirt. I have a number of woven tunic patterns to try, mostly as part of wardrobe patterns, and will probably make some this summer. It’s not so warm here so I am currently thinking more along t-shirt lines still!

  6. I love the wiksten tank too! It’s a lovely pattern, although I found that curved hem a bit tricky! Your tank is gorgeous! Great fabric and so easily styled with lots of things. You look beautiful in that last photo!

    1. My trick with curved hems is a basting stitch 5/8″ from the edge, then pressing at the stitches and folding it in on itself. It works pretty well, although this one flips out a bit!

  7. Very cute! Gorgeous fabric. I’ve been privately doing the same woven-tank-pattern waffle, though in my case I have a large enough bust that I’m pretty sure the dart is mandatory. So maybe I’ll try out the tiny pocket tank. But you’ve definitely got me excited about trying out this style of dress/tunic!

  8. Ha! Hell yes! I completely agree about women (or anybody) being expected to smile all the time! Great make! I had trouble with my Wiksten tank’s curved hem, resulting in lopping off two inches and making a straight hem. I would definitely like to try it again though. As usual amazing job Morgan! Can I just pay you to make clothes for me? 😀

  9. Ooh, I love me a good Wiksten tank!! I tried the Grainline Tiny Pocket but found the fit to be way off for my body so I’m now a Wiksten girl all the way!

    I don’t know how you do it, but everything so sew is so stylish and suits you perfectly 🙂 (And your zoning out picture is gorgeous by the way)

  10. this is lovely! great fabric!! I recently took my Wiksten tanks out of winter storage, and remembered how much I love them. I did recently buy the Tiny Pocket Tank pattern, just for the sake of comparisan. My “zoning out” face is a grumpy scowl – serves well for keeping randoms at bay!

    1. I love your Wiksten tanks, too! When I was in the information-gathering phase, I spent a solid amount of time on your blog!

  11. This looks great, the print is awesome and I am loving the shape! I´ve made one Tiny Tank, but it´s a teeny tiny too small, so I´m gonna rip it and stitch it again.

    You should come live in Scandinavia we don´t feel the need to smile here, in fact if you do smile to a stranger, they will look at you as if you were a bit odd;-) . Exaggerating a little, perhaps, but this link sums things up, I think: https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/552681_446131402141563_2120310214_n.jpg

    1. Solvi, that is a GREAT idea! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I have Swedish heritage and my husband has Norwegian heritage. I also visited Stockholm very briefly and was impressed/intrigued.

  12. I love this tank top so much!!! The pattern is amaaaaaaazing. I don’t remember if I fawned over this piece enough in IRL. It might be the perfect tank. And I’m a gal with a lot of tank!!

      1. Sister tanks!! to go under sister tunics!!!

        I still support the revival of your pattern-making / silk screening endeavors 🙂 You have a good eye for ’em.

  13. Awwhhhh!! Your dress is so cute. I like how you styled it. I’ve been seeing all sorts of cute variations on Pinterest. I would like to make a color-blocked version myself.

    I’m glad you liked the fabric – it so badly needed to be used!

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