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Riffs on a Trusted Pattern: The Tanked Top

We arrive at month 7 of my yearlong challenge to riff on a single pattern, and I’m still in a practical frame of mind. The Copycat Cardi from last month got me thinking about other workhorse types of garments. It’s fun to get carried away with special event garments and flights of fancy, like my Birthday Dress from month 5. But those don’t get you dressed on an average Tuesday morning. Seeing as I am in the heart of summer (writing this July 7), I did a quick inventory of my summer tank tops and realized that most of them should have been retired about the same time as I retired—2016.

Tank tops, for me, are all about coolness—temperature, that is. I like scooped or V-necklines and sleeveless styles. I’ve noticed, too, that this season is all about the cropped length. I gathered my Tabula Rasa Jacket (TRJ) pattern from Fit for Art Patterns and my drafting tools and headed to my studio.


PATTERN SPECIAL: Fit for Art Patterns is offering the Tabula Rasa Jacket at a 15 percent discount when you use the coupon code TRJBecky at checkout, as Becky continues her Riffs on a Trusted Pattern adventure throughout 2022. Plus, now through October 17, 2022, the patternmaker is offering 15 percent off two more pattern variations: Tabula Rasa Knit Tee & Tunic and Clever Crossing Variations forTabula Rasa Knits. Be sure to also use coupon code TRJBecky for these additional discounts. Stay tuned for other discounts from Fit for Art Patterns throughout this series.

A gray tank top with style

I started with the pattern I had adjusted for my Mary Tyler Moore top several months ago. It was drafted to be made in woven fabric, so I would need to make changes to accommodate the cotton jersey I had in…

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  1. user-5910757 | | #1

    I like the side panels!

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      beckyf | | #3

      Thank you! I like the stripes as well and the proof is in the wearing....I wear the black with stripes way more than the grey! Note to self for next summer.

  2. osewviolet | | #2

    I like the side panels too. It makes the black one look expensive. Great job on both of them.

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      beckyf | | #4

      I'll go with expensive...seeing as I was working with itty bitty scraps that's a lovely compliment...thank you!

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