Reversible V-Neck Linen Tank Top Tutorial

Reversible V-Neck Linen Tank Top Tutorial

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There’s no such thing as too many tops, right? We thought so! Here is another all-season favorite – a sleeveless V-neck tank with side slits. And the best thing is that it is fully reversible with completely enclosed seams. We went for an all-pink look (that’s how we love our beautiful lightweight CAFÉ AU LAIT linen) but you can play around with colors and use a different fabric for the lining.

Materials

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1.5 yards of IL020 CAFÉ AU LAIT Softened lightweight linen

Matching sewing thread

Tools

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Pattern paper, scissors, pins, ruler, chalk, sewing machine

Time

2-3 hours

Difficulty

Beginner

Pattern

You can access the pattern by following this link HERE. Remember to add seam allowances as indicated in the pattern. The diagram shows the pattern for US size 6-8 (UK size 10-12). If you need help grading your pattern, please follow this tutorial.

Since the top is fully lined, you’ll need to cut 2 tank fronts and 2 tank backs on the fold – one for the outer fabric, and one for the lining.

Steps

Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry in room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.

1. Let’s start by assembling the front pieces together. Pin the outer fabric and the lining right sides together (only the neckline edges and the armholes).

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2. Sew the neckline and the armholes at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance. The shoulder, side and bottom seams are left unstitched.

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When you come to the neckline V, stop the machine with the needle still in the fabric, sew one or two stitches straight on and turn the fabric to sew the rest of the V. This will help you form a perfectly looking V-shape.

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3. Repeat these steps for the two back pieces: pin the neckline and the armholes right sides together and stitch 3/8” (1 cm) from the edge.

4. Trim the seam allowances to 1/4″ (6mm) and make a few notches to release the tension: clip to but not through the stitch line at the V-point and around the armhole curves. Press the seams open.

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5. Turn your back piece right sides out and insert it into the front piece (wrong side out). Note how the right sides are touching.

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6. Pin the shoulders together (all four layers of fabric).

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7. Stitch the shoulders together at 3/8” (1 cm) and trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ (6 mm).

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8. Turn the front piece right side out and discover your neat shoulder seams with no raw edges exposed as they are enclosed between the outer fabric and the lining. Press the seams flat.

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Here is what your neckline, armholes and shoulders look like at this point:

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Now comes the tricky part – assemble the rest of the side seams and sew them together to enclose all the raw edges inside the outer fabric and the lining.

9.Turn your top wrong sides facing out and pin the side seams right sides together: lining to lining and main fabric to main fabric.

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10. Once you’ve pinned the side seams, take your ruler and make a 5” mark from the bottom hem – this will be the size of your side slit. Feel free to alter this measurement if you want a smaller/bigger slit.

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11. Stitch the sides seams together (but not the slits) at the usual 3/8” seam allowance and then trim and press the seams open.

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Here is what it should look like from the right side:

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12. Turn your top wrong sides out and pin the slit+hem edges right sides together: front outer fabric to front lining and back outer fabric to back lining. It might be a bit hard to tell from the pictures what goes where so our advice is to turn the top right side out and check if everything fits as it should.

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13. Once you’ve checked that everything is pinned correctly you can stitch along the edge at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance but leave a 4” opening at one of the slits. We’ll later use that opening to pull the top right side out.

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14. Trim and press the seam allowances open.

15. Pull the right side of the top out through the opening and press all the edges flat.

16. Tuck in and press the seam allowance of the opening. Pin.

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17. The last step is to topstitch around all edges (neckline, armholes, slits and bottom hem) to stabilize and keep them in place.

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When you come to the opening, tuck in the raw edges inside and topstitch the gap.

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Give your finished tank a good press and you are all done!

Remember that you can play around with colors and chose something different for the lining. Check out our full plethora of linen fabrics and see which color takes your fancy for this easy sewing project! 

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12 comments

  1. Esther

    Hi Rima! Thanks for the tutorial! I used this technique on a chiffon cocktail blouse and it worked wonderfully! It gave the top a very neat couture finish, and because the chiffon was a double layer, there was no lingerie show through. I cut the bottom of the blouse on the fold to avoid having a seam at the bottom, where a hem would usually be. Thank you for always giving great tips and tutorials.


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Hi Esther! Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m very happy I could be of any help! This technique works great with all lightweight fabrics so I’m sure your blouse turned out beautiful 🙂

  2. Deborah

    Pity it’s in such a small size, smaller than the average girl. I don’t have the time to do the gradings on a pattern to increase the size, would have loved to have given making it a go otherwise.


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Deborah, I understand your frustration about the size and we are working on it! We’ve started publishing printable PDF patterns for our most popular tutorials so soon we should be able to satisfy your sewing needs 🙂

  3. Mary Welch

    You post a lot of good patterns. I really love the v-neck linen blouse, but I have yet to be able to print one of
    your patterns. Is this real or just a tease?

  4. Tanya

    well, that looks a little confusing! V-necks have always been tricky for me. i plan on trying this top—i will most likely have to keep the computer monitor right next to the sewing machine on my sewing table to do so! very nice top—i really like having all the seams enclosed. thanks for tutorial.

  5. HJ

    I will freely admit to not being fond of many of the patterns you post, but this one is very nice- Thank you! Thank you for using a decent photo of the garment in your promotional email, I get frustrated with some of the lovely artistic photos that don’t show what the design actually is!

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