Simple Tank Top

Spring is coming – sometimes you want a simple tank top to wear about or go camping with. Provided is a pattern that you can use to make your own spring/summer top.


  • Paper to draft pattern
  • Measuring tape
  • Coloured pencils (I use red and blue)
  • Fabric with some stretch (2 inches of fabric stretched to 3 inches minimum)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Drafting the pattern:

  1. Take the following measurements Bust, Waist, Hip, and Shoulder to desired length, arm-syth (arm-syth is the measurement of the shoulder and arm – the area you arm fits through on a sleeve).
  2. Divide the bust, waist and hip measurements by 4 then add 1 ½”.
    1. Bust of 34” / 4 = 8 ½” + 1 ½ = 10”
    2. Waist of 27” / 4 = 6 ¾” + 1 ½ = 8 ¼”
    3. Hip of 36” / 4 = 9” + 1 ½ = 10 ½”
  3. Divide the arm-syth measurement by 2.
  4. Draw out two rectangles that are equal to the largest of the measurements plus 2” wide, and shoulder to desired length plus 3”.
  5. Mark down 1” from top and bottom of the rectangle-draw a dotted line. This is the seam allowance for the shoulders and the hem.
  6. Mark a bust line, waist line and hip line on both rectangles at the same heights
  7. Along each line place a do at the measurement for length.
  8. Draw a curve between these three dots.
  9. Draw a curve for the arm-syth – this is where you want the shoulder to sit.
  10. Measure the width you wish the strap to be (1” – 3”)
  11. Draw a curve for the front and back neckline as desired.


Sewing Instructions:

Cut out the pattern

Pin the pattern to the fabric. The stretch of the fabric should be across the pattern width wise and the pattern should be placed on the fold of the fabric.

Cut out the fabric.

Pin side seams right side of fabric together – sew ½” seam allowance

Pin should seams right side of fabric together – sew ½” seam allowance

Hem as needed along neck line – ¼” ¼” turn and top stitch

Hem the bottom edge – ½” ½” turn and top stitch.

Voila you have a simple tank to enjoy the nice weather in.


One thought on “Simple Tank Top

  1. Cindy D. says:

    I think a nice photo of the finished tank top would be a great idea!

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