Did you take part in Me Made May this year? I did and one of my personal challenges was to pair my me-mades. I think I’ve finally realized that I prefer mixing knits and wovens together – so knit top and woven pants or vice versa. That’s where the Adventure Tank by Fancy Tiger Crafts comes in handy.
This pattern is really two great basics in once: a racerback tank and a muscle tank, both of which are perfect for summer. The sizing is quite generous on the pattern – I made a straight Large but could have sized down. Both designs feature a curved hem, are beginner friendly and can be made with as little as a yard of fabric (depending on width) – bonus points! It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine when pattern armhole bands and neck bands are super short, requiring a lot of stretching (and causing potential puckers); I’m happy to report that that is not the case with this pattern. There is some stretching involved but the proportions seem right on.
I’m a fan of the muscle tank – in my opinion, it’s almost an elevated basic. It’s fairly straightforward but, with ample coverage, it feels a bit more dressy than your average tank. I’ve made three: one with some scrappy color blocking (my wearbable muslin!), one in black (in Robert Kaufman laguna knit with a straight hem) and one in cream (Telio’s organic cotton jersey). The muscle tank is, in my opinion, best suited for a more stable knit, like a hemp or linen blend, to take advantage of the swingy shape and boxy fit.
I love the racerback tank almost as much as the muscle tank, but I’ve made less of them, only because they’re a little sporty for an office environment. If you check Fabric Mixer in the June/July issue of Sew News, you’ll find a handy hack of this pattern – extend the hem and add a touch of stretch lace for a super comfy summer nightgown. The racerback works with anything, but looks great in a rayon blend and slinkier jerseys.
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds – a sporty tank for outdoor adventuring (hence the pattern name!) and a boxy tank for the workspace, the Adventure Tank is an excellent pick.