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july cover

mllegigi | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

the tops on the cover of the july issue are as cute as can be, but i can’t find the pattern or a mention of the pattern for them anywhere in the issue and i have looked all over.  does anyone know what pattern was used for thse tops or can you suggest a pattern for me?  it looks so simple, but i have no drafting skills…..yet!

thanks everybody!


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    Becky-book | | #1

    I thought "Somebody must make a tank top pattern" couldn't find it either!  But you could start with a simple pullover top like Simplicity 8523 and make a few changes to get the top you want.  Or begin learning to make patterns from your favorite clothes.  Threads mag. had an article on that subject not long ago.  Tank top would be an easy way to start!  Try it!

    1. mllegigi | | #2

      thanks for the reply becky!  i guess i should take the lack of pattern info as a sign that i should start branching out and trying my hand at designing/drafting.  do you happen to know what issue of threads had the info you mentioned?  i'm just coming back to the threads "family" after a long break from sewing..so the current issue is the only one i have right now...

      thanks again,


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        Becky-book | | #3

        Dear Gigi,

        Tank tops are easy.  Buy some tissue paper, plain white. Lay down a shirt that fits you well on top of one piece. draw along the side seams and shoulders. Remove shirt and look at the lines, draw in a curve for the armscye from the outer end of the shoulder line down to the side seam.  Add a semi circle for the neck (or a U shape for this type of tank) fold in half and even up any differences and add seam allowances.  You can cut front or back from same pattern or make back neck a little higher than front.  Check out your new pattern in cheap cloth first to make sure it fits (and you can get it over head, etc.)

        I bought a "Styling Design Ruler" from Joann Fabrics, it helps with drawing smooth curves.

        Happy sewing,


        1. mllegigi | | #4

          this definitely seems do-able...i will definitely give it a try.  i'll post back with my results!

          thanks becky!

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            Becky-book | | #5

            You are very welcome!

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