In preparation for the Australian summer, I've been sewing a few things and these tank tops were first on my list. I bought the Blank Tank pattern* a few months back after I'd read Toni-Maree's post Make the Basics. Her post really resonated with me because I've always been pretty lazy and bought basics from chain stores. I still will, but on a smaller scale. Before I buy, I will ask myself "can I make this?"
Lucy's tank is made from a light weight cotton jersey knit that I bought ages ago in the remnant bin at a local fabric store. The pocket is a blue cotton jersey offcut from my scrap bin. I used a zig zag stitch to finish the neckline and I wasn't too happy with it. It looks ok but I think I need to invest in a double needle now that I'm sewing with knits on a more regular basis.
Anna's tank has two contrasting sides - the front is a magenta love heart print cut from an adult tee I picked up for 50c at the thrift shop. The back is plain black jersey and is left over from the My Little Pony tumble tee I made her a few weeks ago.
My normal thought process would be "oh well, it's just quicker and easier to buy them from the store." There is some truth to that, however I think it's a matter of being prepared and having good patterns at your disposal. The Blank Tank* took about 3 minutes to cut, and about 15 minutes to sew. The shoulders and side seams were a breeze and I used my overlocker, the time consuming part is finishing the neck and arm holes and hemming.
If I think about the time it takes to travel to the store, buy items, then travel home, I actually made these quicker. These tanks probably cost me around $1.50 each. Making the basics pays off.
Aww these girls! So cute together, I hope they are always best friends.
I really like Blank Slate Patterns*, there is great stuff for boys and girls and they have good discount codes if you buy three or more patterns at once. Their basic shapes lend them to some real creativity if you want to mix them up and add your own unique details.