{tutorial} The Raglan-Tank Tutorial

If you follow my pinterest account, you've no doubt noticed a growing obsession with two things: joggers, and tanks.

So when I got to styling my pattern emporium harem pants this weekend, and started mentally "auditioning" shirts to go with them, this pin jumped out at me:

Now, there are at least a dozen knit tanks on the indie pattern market. But 90% of them are the fitted, scooped neck, wide strap or racerback variety. If I wanted a loose, strappy tank for this outfit, I was on my own.

No matter! I know a pattern with that contrast panel "V" shape - and my capsule wardrobe girls will recognize it, too:

This is the Papercut Pattern's Clover top (Link & discount code at the bottom of the post!). I made it for last summer's capsule wardrobe in delightful rayon challis from Wanderlust Fabrics.

Bonus: It's relaxed-fit like my inspiration piece, too! But it has sleeves.. So how do we go about turning THAT into THIS...

Convert your favorite raglan-sleeve sewing pattern into a strappy summery tank! A Free Notion tutorial by Becca DuVal

Convert your favorite raglan-sleeve sewing pattern into a strappy summery tank! A Free Notion tutorial by Becca DuVal

Quick notes before we start: 

  • Like last week's tank tutorial, you'll need to know how to bias-bind a raw edge - which you can see demonstrated here.
  • The Clover pattern is suitable for knits and wovens. If you're sewing wovens, remember to cut your straps on the bias.
  • When you sew the contrast pieces to the main body, remember to sew to the center seam, put your needle down, lift the presser foot, and pivot the garment before sewing up the other side. This will ensure a nice point at the bottom of your "V" shape. (Personally, I prefer to sew this with my sewing machine, as I have less control with my serger.)
  • I forgot to make a graphic reminding you to hem the shirt. But yall are smart cookies, I'm sure you can figure that one out :) 
  • A safety pin or bodkin can make threading the straps through the back channels easier.

Sound easy enough?? Start to finish (including binding!) this took me probably 90 minutes. Hard to know how much faster I could "whip it up" (hehe, capsule friends) without the "assistance" of my two littles. Even so, it's a pretty quick sew!

This generous neckline is perfect for a statement necklace! I chose the Pavilion necklace from Stella and Dot. I gifted it to myself for mother's day, then finally decided to sign up as a stylist, too! If you're an S&D fan I'd love for you to use my link to do your accessory shopping :)

Together with these voile harem pants, I've got "undercover pajamas" that are summer dress-up appropriate! You have through Friday this week to enter the Pattern Emporium harem pant pattern giveaway - so click over here to enter - then use the button below to pick up your copy of the Papercut Patterns' Clover Top & Dress at a special discount for Free Notion readers.  Discount code available until Sunday, May 15th!


Happy Summer Hacking, sewing friends!! Feel free to ask your questions below, or suggest my next pattern hack tutorial. I big puffy heart love reader comments! What are you dying to know how to make??