One Yard Sewing Project: The Essential Linen Tank Tutorial

One Yard Sewing Project: The Essential Linen Tank Tutorial

(Worn here with our crisp linen pants, tutorial here)

Your most essential basic top is here! This simple linen tank is a versatile and essential staple for every wardrobe. Light, breezy, relaxed and sure to keep you cool all season long!

It is also a great first project for beginners. No darts, no buttons, no zippers – what could be better! Something to make again and again, practicing and honing new skills. Moreover, it has so much variation potential. With just the included pattern you can make a cute little tank or lengthen the hem and make a stylish tank dress.

We are really excited to share this multi-size printable pattern with you and we hope you’ll love it just as much as we do!

Materials

1 yard of IL019 BLEACHED FS Signature Finish Medium Weight Linen

Matching sewing thread

Tools

Scissors, pins, ruler, fabric marker, measuring tape, chalk, sewing machine

Difficulty

Beginner

Pattern

You can access the multi sized printable PDF tank pattern by following this link HERE.

Please note that you’ll also need to cut three continuous strips of fabric on the bias 1.5” wide: one for the neckline (26” long) and two for each armhole (24” long). For more instructions on how to cut your fabric on the bias please follow this tutorial.

If you need help adjusting the pattern for a fuller bust, we have a great Full Bust Adjustment tutorial HERE.

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. Pin your shoulder seams right sides together.

2. Sew at a 3/8’’ (1 cm) seam allowance and trim the raw edges to 1/4″ (6 mm).

3. Serge or zigzag the raw edges together to prevent the fabric from fraying. Press the serged/zigzagged seam allowances up towards the back of your tank.

4. Bind the neckline following this step-by-step tutorial HERE.

5. Now pin the side seams right sides together.

6. Sew the pinned edges at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance. Then trim to 1/4″ (6 mm), serge/zigzag the raw edges together and press towards the back of your tank.

7. Bind the armholes using the same method as you’ve used for the neckline (see step # 4). Join the ends at the underarm.

8. Lastly, finish the hem by folding the fabric twice to the wrong side: first 3/8” (1 cm), then another 1/2” (1,5 cm). Press and pin.

9. Working from the wrong side, topstitch the hem as close to the folded edge as possible. Press.

Give your tank one last good press and you are all done!

Perfectly simple, but stylish and versatile, this tank can be made in wide variety of linen fabrics. Have a browse through our plethora of colours and find the one that inspires you for this cute little project! 

14 comments

  1. Susan

    Love this tank top. It is simple, but fits nicely. For years I have been working outside in the brutal South Florida heat and wearing nothing but the simplist of tank tops and elastic waist pants made from your linen. The material helped me survive the heat, but the clothes I made were simply utilitarian. Now, with your simple but stylist patterns, I will branch out and try a few new things. Thank you for offering these patterns to use with your yummy linen.


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Susan! Thank you so much for this nice comment! We are so happy to hear that you like our tutorials and can’t wait to see what you’ll make! Happy sewing!

  2. Paulette

    I shop the “doggie bags” section. Even with the shipping and exchange rate the price is better than I can find for the same quality linen here in Canada. And thank you for this pattern – it’s exactly the tank top I’ve been looking. I’m shaped pretty much like the model so it fits me perfectly, and printed just the size I needed with no problem!

    1. Denise

      I’m considering doing the same, only to the EU. I can’t find linen for under $15 a meter. And, the selection is limited. Even with the 20% import tax it seems it might be a better deal, not to mention all the colors and weights are so yummy!


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Kristin, we totally understand you problem. This is why we offer this pattern in multi-sized printable version with a possibility to do a Full Bust Adjustment to accommodate a fuller bust. Please check our FBA tutorial HERE that will guide you through the FBA process.

  3. Marcy

    Super! So simple and so glad you included the fabric. Tempted to get some but the shipping kills me to Canada. Still love your site.


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Thanks so much for your kind words Marcy! And sorry about the shipping, unfortunately, the post costs are not up to us 🙁

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