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Kate’s Take on the Lago
I haven’t had the Lago tank pattern very long, so I’ve only had the chance to make one of them, out of a great galaxy knit I recently found. It’s a very simple pattern — shoulder seams, side seams, neck and arm bands and hem. To get a better fit, I used the very cool feature where you can print only the size line or lines you need to print the size 16 line (for my bust) and the size 20 line (for my hips) and blended them together.
Despite its simplicity, I struggled with this pattern a bit. After stitching my first arm band, I found that it was gaping really badly — I was convinced I had stretched it way too much while sewing. I pulled it out (which was terrible, because I had serged it on) and cut a new band. In the meantime, I did the second arm band very carefully, stretching just enough… and it still gaped. A lot. So, after I redid the first arm band, I put the tank on, grabbed a few safety pins and pinned out the extra fabric in the underarms.
Now, I have a small bust, I admit. Most patterns are sized for a B cup, and I don’t quite meet that requirement. Still, especially since the pattern calls for fabric with 50% to 75% stretch, I didn’t expect to need to take 13” out of the side seams in order for it to fit my body — 3 1/4” on both sides of each piece. I marked the seam I ended up using on the pattern for future use; you can see a photo of the markings at left. Once I made that alteration, the pattern fits very well and I like it a lot. I’m not quite sure why it’s patterned so the sides are so very loose, though.
Even so, I do recommend this pattern as a basic tank, especially since it’s free, provided that you’re willing and able to make a few alterations to the tank and then the pattern (you don’t have to do the latter, but it does make reusing the pattern easier). I like the neckline — it’s low enough for summer, but not so low that I feel exposed. The racerback isn’t too severe; I can wear it with a regular bra. I like how it fits loose and long, though if that’s not your style, this pattern probably isn’t for you. I, at least, do plan to make a few more of these in the coming months.
Amanda’s Take on the Lago
I had similar fit issues with this pattern. I cut a size 12, which is down from my usual size, based on the measurements provided. The 12 still seemed large on me, so I very unscientifically stitched the side seams in until the tank fit. I’m a stickler for neckband length, and I’m happy to say that this one seemed about perfect – just the right amount of stretch to support but not create wrinkles in the neckline. I picked a fairly standard (aka boring!) heather grey jersey – it’s laguna knit from Robert Kaufman which is probably my favorite jersey! To spice things up, I added a contrast pocket and left the hem raw (after cutting 2″ off the bottom – the tank was almost a tank dress on me!). Like Kate, I’m a fan of the neckline height and the slight racerback effect in the back. Now to remember if I prewashed this fabric or not…I suppose I’ll find out soon when I wash it! I think I’ll probably make this tank again and I recommend it, especially if you’re willing to make a muslin first.