Who said that sewing with knits is scary?
This basic tank top can be your perfect introduction. Made in a flash using an overlocker/serger, it’s so easy you’ll want to make several! Useful for layering or as a stand-alone basic, this tank top will be your go-to garment come the dog days of summer.
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- 1 yard of knit fabric
- 3 spools of contrasting overlocker/serger thread
- Paper scissors
- Fabric shears
Step one: Construct the pattern.
Download and print the pattern pieces. serged_tank_by_michelle_jensen_122714.pdf
Overlap and tape together the pattern pieces, matching the guide dots, to create the Tank Front/Back pattern piece. The Large Extension page shows the extension of the top and bottom of the left side, but not the middle; simply draw a line to connect them.
Decide which size to make, then cut out your pattern along the appropriate lines: dashed black line for small, solid black line for medium, or dashed red line for large.
Tip: If you have trouble seeing and matching the black dots through the paper, try working on a light-colored surface, using a light box, or placing the sheets on a sunlit windowpane.
Step two: Cut the fabric.
Fold the selvage edges of the knit fabric to the center; you now have two folded edges.
Place the pattern on one of the folds and cut around the edges.
Repeat on the other fold, with the upper and lower edges of the pattern in the same direction as before.
You now have a front and a back for your tank top.
Step three: Finish the edges.
Set your overlocker/serger for a three-thread overlock stitch.
Serge along the neckline, armholes, and lower edge as indicated by the dotted lines in the illustration. This will finish the raw edges.
Tip: If the edges stretch a bit as you overlock them, and your overlocker/serger has a differential feed feature, you can adjust this by turning the differential feed to around 1.5. The amount depends on the knit you are using, as some are stretchier than others.
Step four: Serge the pieces together.
Place the front and back right sides together, matching the shoulder seams.
Overlock/serge the shoulder seams using a ⅝ʺ-wide seam allowance, as indicated by the dotted lines in the illustration.
With the front and back still right sides together, align the raw edges of the sides.
Overlock the side seams as indicated by the dotted lines in the illustration.
Turn the tank top right side out. Your tank top is officially finished!