Tank Top Sewing Pattern Review: Vienna Tank – Itch to Stitch
All month long we’ll be sharing our favorite tank top sewing patterns, modeled by the editorial and creative staff of the Craft and Sewing divisions. Check them out and be sure to sew up your own tank top — the perfect summer top.
Model: Carol Cox-Willms, Retired Elementary School Teacher
Pattern: Vienna Tank, Itch to Stitch
Figure Type: Rectangle or Hourglass
Fabric: Snips ’n Spools Fushia, Sewing Circle Collection, Michael Miller Fabrics
I made this tank for my mom, which was a fun opportunity (repaying just a little of the sewing she did for me in my youth!). She chose the Vienna Tank from Itch to Stitch. I was excited to work with because I really like their Lago Tank pattern. Plus, I was interested to work with another pattern by the same designer.
The Vienna tank has a unique element to it — the yoke is always meant to be a woven, but the body can be woven or knit. Mom and I decided to go with a woven cotton printed with tiny spools and scissors. I managed to find a Kona cotton solid that matched perfectly.
The tank went together really well. As tanks go, it’s a little more complex than most. The gathering into the yoke, the front slit, and the ties make it a bit more challenging. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, though, and those extra elements end up producing a final product with a lot of character.
The tie, of course, can be left undone as in the picture or tied up for a slightly more formal look.
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