Tank Top Sewing Pattern Review: Pony Tank by Chalk & Notch

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Model: Kate Zaynard, Creative Editor
Pattern: Pony Tank, Chalk and Notch
Figure Type: Pear (but looks good on any body type, really)
Fabric: Triangles Magenta, Cloud 9 Knits

Tank Top Sewing Pattern Review

Review:

I love, love, love this pattern. The only thing remotely complicated about it is the v-neck, but the clear instructions make constructing this feature a breeze. They also include helpful notes about how to make slight adjustments to the pattern to allow for knits with different amounts of stretch.

Tank Top Sewing Pattern Review
My First Pony Dress

The top itself is very forgiving because of its flared shape, and it can be boxy or shape-skimming depending on the drapeyness of the fabric you choose.

I loved my Pony Tank so much that I decided I also needed to try the dress version. If it’s possible, I love the dress even more — it’s incredibly comfortable while also being cute, and it hits me exactly at the back of the knee so I always know that my hem is at a comfortable place. At this point I have three, all of them in cotton/poly blend that breathes well while also not shrinking in the laundry. I often wear them to work one day, then continue to wear them as lounging clothing or pool cover-ups for a few more days.

Tank Top Sewing Pattern Review
Two of my solid rayon Pony Tanks

A few months ago I made a fun pair of print pants only to discover I had no solid tops to wear with them. So I got four colors of a nice drapey rayon — one yard each — and made four more Pony tanks to wear with them. I call these outfits my “work pajamas” because they’re so comfortable.

I’m not the only one here at Sew News who loves this pattern — both Ellen and Amanda have made it as well, and though I don’t think they reach my level of epic Pony fandom, I think they’re pretty big fans too.

Tank Top Sewing Pattern Review
Amanda’s fun print Pony Dress

I highly recommend this pattern, especially for hot summer days when you need something cool that doesn’t cling to you. It’s a fast, easy sew that requires little to no fitting for a very attractive result.

 

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