In addition to the rolled hem tunic, the tee tunic and the fancy neckline tee, I also hacked my Plantain Tee to turn it into a simple layering tank. This tank top isn’t exactly a show-stopper but I gotta make some clothing staples. The Nothing New Project is no joke and means not everything I make can be exciting. Besides, I’ve been looking for the kind of tank top that I can wear under some of my patterned woven tops. Just a good solid layered look.
I made a handful of modifications to the original pattern for this one. First, I took out a bit of the flare at the waist. Essentially, I took a triangular shaped wedge out of the pattern, with the base of the triangle at the hem. I wanted the tank to fit a little more snugly at my tummy. I also added 4 inches to the length and that is another reason I had to remove some of the flare in the original design. If I had lengthened it without reducing some of the a-line shape, the hem of the tank wouldn’t sit near my hips but would be flow-y instead. Not the look I wanted.
I, of course, left off the sleeves. To hem the neck and arms I added a small band that I don’t think makes it look too much like a muscle shirt.
The most important modification was adjusting the shoulders to make them thinner. I took the outside end of the shoulders in my one inch and and the inside by half and inch. It worked pretty well. The fabric is a Robert Kaufman laguna knits in Pepper. It’s one of my favorite knit fabrics, I love the color and the laguna knits have a great stretch and softness. I got it at Rock Paper Scissors again.
The tank is super wearable and the added length makes it very mom-life-ready. I might even make some more of these. So far, the heat and humidity in New Jersey have been almost comical. It’s like it will never let up. Might be a tank top, feet in the kiddie pool kind of summer. That is a serious Plantain Tee win if you ask me.