Sew a camisole with adjustable straps. This DIY tutorial includes a free sewing pattern, video and written instructions.
Hey y’all, I’m updating one of my most popular older posts on how to sew a camisole with some new pictures and a video tutorial. You can use this top pattern in this post to make either a lace or bias trimmed tank top, perfect for summer. This could be a year round wardrobe staple as well, just add a cardigan or blazer over it in cooler weather.
This camisole sewing pattern has a slight v neckline, thin straps that are bias cut, a split hem and no bust darts. Cami tops like this can be made in lightweight fabrics like silk, cotton voile and rayon challis or mid weight fabrics like the quilting cotton I used for this one. The fabrics in the tank above are from my Blooms and Bobbins collection with Riley Black Designs.
Materials to Sew a Camisole
Just like the original version, this top has the elastic back and adjustable straps. Want to make your own? You’ll need
- The pattern (see below)
- Approximately 1 yard of fabric, depending on size
- 1/2 yard of 3/8″ wide elastic
- 2 yards of 1/2″ wide double fold bias tape (see how to make your own here)
- Lingerie slides (affiliate link)
- Optional: 2 yards of lace trim
- Optional: a bodkin for pulling the elastic (affiliate link)
This free pattern is in my size 34″ bust/ 36″ hips. If your bust/hips are bigger, then you’ll need to resize, which I explain in the video tutorial. Or check this post for written instructions to make patterns bigger or smaller.
When you are choosing your fabric, consider the drape. Silk and rayon are going to drape more than the quilting cotton I am wearing in this post.
How to Get the Free Camisole Pattern
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Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from this unless you purchase it) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
How to Sew the Summer Breeze Tank
To make this, you can watch the video below or on YouTube here. Alternately, you can scroll past the video for the the photos and written instructions. Note that I show the lace version in the written instructions and the bias tape version in the video, but you can use the lace guide to cut the bias tape.
Note that the instructions below show how to finish the tank with the lace on the front. If you’re using bias tape to finish the front then refer to the video above.
Print your pdf pattern and cut out all your pattern pieces.
Written Instructions for the Camisole Pattern
Start by finishing the top edge of the back with either a serger or by zig zag stitching over the edge of the fabric. Then fold this edge down to form the back casing.
Stitch the edge of the fabric to form the casing, then thread elastic through the casing using a safety pin or bodkin. Stitch the elastic down at the ends.
Cut or make 2 pieces of double fold bias tape that are 3 inches long.
Topstitch the bias tape closed at the open end and then thread each piece through the lingerie rings.
Sew these to the back of the camisole.
Sew the lace pieces together at the center front to form a wide V.
Finish the top edge of the camisole front with a serger or zig zag. Then fold it down 1/4 inch.
Gather the top edge of the neck to the same length as the lace.
Stitch the lace on top of the camisole front.
Cut two 18 inch strips of bias tape for the straps. Next you’ll topstitch 4 inches on one end of each piece closed.
Thread the closed end of one strap through the lingerie slider. Repeat with other strap/slider.
Zig zag stitch over the raw edge of the strap in order to secure and finish it.
Thread one strap through the ring and then bring it back up.
And subsequently thread the end back through the slider again.
Now make sure your straps aren’t twisted and also that the closed ends are through the rings and sliders with the majority of the strap open above. The open side of the straps should face toward center back.
And then pin the armscye edges of the front piece sandwiched into the open bias tape of the straps.
Stitch the straps closed at the armsyces, which will also catch the front fabric to finish it and attach straps. Then stitch lace to the bottom of the front and back pieces at the hem.
IMPORTANT – In the step below, DON’T sew all the way to the bottom – instead leave the bottom 3 inches (including lace) open to form the side vents. Also, use a 5/8″ seam allowance here.
Sew side seams.
Fold the raw edges of the seam allowance under toward the stitching line and then pin.
After that, you’ll stitch next to side seams to finish edges and secure the folded fabric.
And finally you can throw it on on a hot summer day!