I don’t know about you, but I tend to wear my pajamas until they can’t be worn anymore. And the boxers and tank tops I’ve been sleeping in for the last few summers are s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out. Time to sew pajamas for summer. With some of the Radiance I bought at Michael Levine, I made myself some slinky silk cotton big girl pjs. And no, I am not putting a picture of myself wearing them on the internet. Sorry, Molly will have to do.
I added a henley placket using the method in this trusty tutorial to the tank top pattern I’m still tweaking from this post (it’s towards the bottom). And yes, I realize I meant to release this as a pattern, and I will at some point, but it’s just not good enough yet. But getting really close. This tank is also bias cut, where the first one was not.
- 1/2 yard of knit fabric. I used stretch French terry.
- 1 package of 1/2″ (extra wide) double fold bias tape
- 1″ (25mm) wide elastic, 27 inches or so
- The pattern…
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Because I made the original shorts pattern for knits and this is a woven fabric, I had to increase the pattern width a little. (You won’t need to do this is using the purchased Barton Shorts pattern, which is sized for woven.) To do this I cut a straight, vertical line on each pattern piece and spread it apart 1/4″. Since you have 4 pieces (2 fronts and 2 backs) this increases the total pattern width 1″. For more information on slash and spread grading, check out this post.
If you’re going up in size more than a couple inches, you should also add about 1/4″ in length for each 1 inch wider you’re making these. So you’ll cut the pattern into 4 pieces. Like this:
Since this tank top is stuck in pattern development still, if you want another in the meantime, I have this free one.
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