A quick to sew tank in sizes 2T to 10.
This adorable tank is made with your favorite knit fabrics and uses two techniques that add lots of flair to your garments: shirring and lettuce edge rolled hems. We will take you step-by-step through both of these
techniques, so you can easily complete this project in one afternoon.
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Using a water-soluble marker, mark a straight line
down the lengthwise center on the right side of
On both Front and Back Main pieces, mark in
from each side edge, along the top of each piece,
according to the following chart:
(This will mark the outer edge of each strap.)
Using the rolled hem setting on your serger and
a textured thread (like Whooly Nylon) in your
upper looper, create a contrasting lettuce rolled
hem along both long edges of each strap, fig. 2.
Also, create a lettuce rolled hem along the top
and bottom raw edges of the Main piece, fig. 3.
To give it the “lettuce” effect, slightly stretch your
knit fabric as you are feeding it into the serger.
Load your sewing machine with coordinating
regular thread on the top and elastic thread in
the bobbin. Create three rows of shirring down
the center of each strap using the center line as
a guide. For the first row of shirring, line up the
edge of your presser foot with the center line
you marked in Step 1, and stitch 1/4" away from
that mark. Trail off slightly at the end and stitch
your second row of shirring now directly over the
center line mark. Trail off the end again, then line
up the edge of your presser foot with the second
line of stitching (also the center line) to make
your third row of stitching. Backstitch at the end
to reinforce. Shoot each strap with a little steam
from your iron and watch it shirr up completely,
Attach the straps to the Main piece: Turn the
Main piece inside out. Place a strap 1/4" down
from the top edge of the Main piece with the
wrong side of the strap facing the wrong side of
the Main Piece. Line the outer edge of the strap
with the mark you made according to the chart in
Step 1. Pin in place. Stitch 1/4" in from the raw
edge of the strap, fig. 5. Fold the Strap up and
stitch again, 1/4" from the folded edge. Repeat
for each strap, both front and back, fig. 6.
Shirr the top of your tank: With the tank right side out,
start at the left side seam (viewer’s point of view) of your
bodice. Line up the edge of your presser foot with the
top rolled hem and backstitch a few times to start. Stitch
your first row all the way around the tank, stitching over
the areas where you stitched down the straps. Once
you’ve made a full circle and are nearing the left side
seam again, begin stitching at a slight downward angle,
lining up your presser foot with the first row of stitches.
Keep sewing around in a spiral fashion until you have
made the desired number of shirred rows (5 to 8,
depending on the size), and backstitch at the end, fig. 7.
Leave your thread tails long and, using a hand needle,
bring the front thread tails toward the inside of your
garment. Tie off the tails and trim the excess thread. On
the outside of the garment, topstitch along the side seam
over the shirred portion, to reinforce further.