When its so hot that you feel like you are melting the second you walk outside, clothing needs to be breezy, cool, and easy to wear. We are talking tank tops, t-shirts, jean shorts, and loose midi or maxi dresses. Outfits that I can throw on without too much effort, and look good with my hair in a wet bun (or the one time a week that I actually style it, look really good – ha!).
It’s here, and I couldn’t be more excited. (As if you couldn’t tell from my recent blog absence.) What used to be my least favorite season has quickly transitioned to my all-time fave thanks to kids. I love the additional time we get to spend together – the long lazy days spent at the pool, the sunset pizza dinners at the beach, watching my kids ride their bikes in the street on ‘boring’ days, seeing the free concerts on the boardwalk, watching my kids try to eat their ice cream before it melts, etc. I love it all, and inevitably find myself wondering about homeschooling at some point during these months because I never want it to end. During these months, sewing tends to lean more towards the quick and easy side. I find myself making tons of 1 hour swing dresses for the girls, quick t-shirts for the boy, looooots of mending, and of course some bathing suits here and there.
But I have had this gorgeous blush linen fabric in my studio, and this past week it was calling my name. Purchased from the Cloth House in London on our Summer vacation 2 years ago, it was time to find a project for it.
Button Front Tank DIY
How to sew a button front tank
- Skill level: Advanced beginner
- Time needed: 4 – 5 hours
- 1.5 yards linen or lightweight woven fabric
- Tank pattern for woven fabric
- Elastic string, HERE (affiliate)
- Fabric covered buttons, HERE (affiliate)
- Lightweight fusible interfacing, HERE (affiliate)
- Fabric chalk, HERE (affiliate)
- Bias tape
- Basic sewing essentials
Looking for a tank top pattern to use as a base? Try the Foxglove pattern by Baste + Gather HERE.
Sewing tip: When sewing the elastic loops in place, try tying a small knot in the base. This will help keep the ends from popping out of the button placket when pulled later on.
- Gather supplies as needed. To alter the FRONT tank top pattern, do NOT cut on the fold. Add 1/2″ seam allowance to the front fold line. Cut the following pattern pieces:
- (2) mirror image Front pattern pieces with additional seam allowance in front center
- (2) 2″ x front center seam length pattern pieces for button placket of fabric and interfacing
- (1) Back pattern piece on fold
- (10) 3″ pieces of elastic string
- Bias tape as needed for neckline and armsyce
- Following the instructions on the interfacing, adhere to the wrong side of the button placket pattern pieces.
- Line up and mark where you want the button loops and buttons to go on each front center side, making sure to mark 1″ from the raw edge.
- Make a loop with the elastic string, and tie a small knot if desired in the end. This will help ensure that the elastic loop ends do not pull loose when wearing in the future, but will leave a tiny lump in your casing – so make sure you are ok with that prior to sewing. Line up the elastic ends where marked on one side of the front center. Pin in place and baste stitch to secure.
- Place the button placket on the front center right sides together, lining up the raw edges. Pin and sew. Open up and press seam towards the placket. Fold the raw placket edge 1/2″ towards the wrong side and press.
- Fold placket to the inside of the shirt and press along seam. Sew to secure. Repeat steps 4 thru 6 for the other button placket and shirt front, omitting the elastic string loops.
- Place front and back right sides together, matching up the side and shoulder seams. Pin and sew.
- Sew bias tape to neckline and armsyce, being sure to either clip all curved seams as you sew or trim the seam allowance to 1/8″. This will ensure that the neckline lays flat when pressed. Hem the bottom of the tank as desired, and sew buttons to shirt front, opposite the elastic loops.
And you are finished!
Stay cool out there in this heat. It wasn’t even one hour after this photoshoot and styled hair (which I had to go under the blow dryer for BTW), that I was in the pool and splashing around. Ha! Looking fab was good while it lasted though :).
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…