Tank Week: Adventure Tank by Fancy Tiger Crafts

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.Tank Week with pink 12 Tank Week: Adventure Tank by Fancy Tiger Crafts

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.Screen Shot 2017 06 20 at 8.55.37 AM 245x300 Tank Week: Adventure Tank by Fancy Tiger Crafts

Screen Shot 2017 06 19 at 3.57.32 PM 243x300 Tank Week: Adventure Tank by Fancy Tiger CraftsI’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.

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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.

 

 Tank Week: Adventure Tank by Fancy Tiger Crafts
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