Check out the first woman’s pattern from Selvage Designs, the Foxglove Tank! The designer, Lauren Dahl blogs at Baste + Gather and has lots of Adobe Illustrator tutorials on her blog if you’re a tech-savvy crafter.
I received a free pattern as a tester, but all opinions are my own, per usual.
Let me tell you about the Foxglove tank!
If you’re thinking to yourself, wow Stephanie looks 8 pounds lighter and like she might die.. you are right. I sewed these the day before I fell victim to the most tenacious stomach virus I’ve ever had, and snapped shots the first day I felt semi-human. I’m looking forward to sewing another one — but I wanted to be sure and share now since it’s such a fun summer sew!
These pictures show the first version of the pattern – it has since been updated with a slightly curvier back seam. First up is my woven version, sewn in a mystery piece of woven fabric with a tiny bit of stretch and drape to it. I sewed this one with the center front and center back seam – a detail that I should’ve taken a close-up shot of. I did not size up from my measurements for the woven fabric, and think it fits well. The neckline and armscyes are finished with bias tape.
I love the silhouette; normally racerbacks end up showing my bra straps all over the place no matter what I do, but the cut of this one avoids that problem.
Even better, the pattern also works in knit! I have an absurd amount of fabric from matching the stripes in this maxi skirt, so I was happy to put it to good use for a comfy Foxglove.
For this version I cut both the front and back on the fold, so it was super quick to sew up. I serged the hem and used strips of knit ribbing as bias binding instead of bias tape.
So, have I convinced you to buy your own the Foxglove Tank* pattern and make one for yourself this summer? I think there is so much possibility here- color blocking, lace, tunic length.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, here are a few other tester blog posts!