P4P – Semi-Fitted Tank Top and Dress (Racerback and Straight Strap)

Welcome back to the Sew and Tell Project! We’ve been so busy testing and getting ready for our first blog tour that we have been quiet over here on the blog. Make sure you check out Eleri’s post today and Alisha’s tomorrow as part of the Make Laundry, Don’t Do Laundry blog tour!

Patterns for Pirates has been one of my favorite pattern companies for almost as long as I’ve been using PDF patterns. When Judy was looking for testers for her new Essential Tank, I was super excited because this style of tank is what I live in during the summer! Eleri, Genie, and I were all chosen to test this new release. Are you ready for all the versions we made?

First let me share the details of the tank. The Essential Tank comes in two different back styles (racerback and straight strap) and five lengths (regular shirt, curved hem, tunic, dress, and maxi). A back slit or a thigh slit can be added to the maxi for wearing ease. The neck and arm holes also are finished with either bands or bindings.

Eleri made a gorgeous dress with straight straps and bands in an Art Gallery knit from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop. She lengthened the dress 3″ to account for being taller than the height the pattern is drafted for. This is a perfect summertime dress!

P4P Tank Dress Front View

Next up, we have Genie’s tanks. I love the athletic racer back tank with bindings she made first. Not only is it a great top for the gym, the heat transfer vinyl she used to embellish it is fun!


For Genie’s second top, she chose the straight strap back, bindings, and curved hem. This floral is a stunning print and will be a beautiful addition to her summer wardrobe.


Finally, I also made two different tank versions. First I made the shirt length with bindings and the straight straps. This was a black and white knit from the Joann red tag sale a few months ago. It’s so soft, and I’ve worn it at least 3 times since I’ve finished it.

Essential Tank Black and White

For my final version, I whipped up a basic black tank with a pop of pink for the bands. I used a rayon spandex from Joanns for the body of the tee and dark fuschia cotton lycra from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop for the bands.

Essential Tank Racerback Back View

Essential Tank Racerback

All three of us love our new additions to our wardrobe and are excited to make more tanks to round out our summer looks! Make sure to join the Patterns for Pirates Facebook group for more versions of the Essential Tank including the maxi, and hop on over to Patterns for Pirates to pick up your copy today.


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