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 the pattern in this post to make either a lace or bias trimmed tank top, perfect for summer.
At the time of publication, you can get this fabric in these places:
Fat Quarter Shop
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, you’ll have to resize, which I explain in the video tutorial. Or check this post for written instructions to make patterns bigger or smaller.
How to Get the Free Camisole Pattern
To get this pattern, click your preferred option from the buttons below as a newsletter subscriber or gallery access pass purchaser. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions.
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, watch the video below or on YouTube here. Or scroll past 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.
IMPORTANT – In the step below, DON’T sew all the way to the bottom – leave the bottom 3 inches (including lace) open to form the side vents. Also, use a 5/8″ seam allowance here.
Throw it on on a hot summer day!
Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon
Adorable!!! Looks great!!!
This is so pretty! I love the added detail in the straps. I probably would’ve taken the easy route and just slapped on some non-adjustable straps, but yours are so much nicer. If you’re looking for another place to share your creative projects, stop by Etcetorize. Would love to see you there, there’s never enough sewing projects!
this turned out great I love this! I hope you’ll stop by and add this and any other posts you’re proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore, Read, and Made Link party
Soooo cute. it is very generous of you to share. although, my body won’t fit, it inspires me to try to draft on myself….
Adorable! I can see this longer as a lounger or sleep shirt – depending upon how my next week turns out, maybe I can try to draft it larger (1x) – I will post again.
This is so pretty. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Adorned From Above
Wow! The adjustable straps are so clever! The tank looks great– and you look great in it!
This is beautiful- especially love the lace trim!
this is so pretty….thanks!!
Justine of SewCountryChick
So pretty Melissa! I have often wondered how to make those type of adjustable straps
Misty @Creative Itch
Love the lace on this tank!
Thanks for sharing @’Sew Cute Tuesday’.
I’ll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure
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What about a rayon challis? Too thick, you think?
This is so cute. I like Betsy’s idea of a sleep shirt. Thanks for sharing the pattern (I will have to grade it) and the tutorial. I have never done adjustable straps.
This is the kind of tops my granddaughter likes, so am going to make one to fit her. She is a little bigger busted than a 32 so will adjust, but as I can sew I think i can figure out how to make it bigger. Thanks for sharing.
WOW! Great tutorial Melly. Perfect for my grand daughter for whom I sew often.
Thank you for this beautiful tank top. I will make an attempt to make one for myself; unfortunately for me, I will use one of my older tanks to make my alternations since over the years I sort of “expanded some what” lol. And unfortunately for me have never been able to have the smaller bust (which in some cases/times envy those that have been blessed that way), since toting those bigger umm boobs around cause some back pains some times. So just ignore those whom just insist on gripping, you can not please every body out there. I think you have done a great job and thank you again.
VERY WELL DONE !!!! young woman . THANK U FOR THE STRAPS !! 🙂 I usually try to recycle
which doesn’t always work well. CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW TOP !! mending for EVER it seems
What a great tutorial. I used to be flat chested, then got hit with the puberty stick after having children…lol. I will give this a go and do a FBA to get it to fit. Thanks for sharing.
You really are such a sweet person and YES I am sad you have to explain yourself to anyone who might complain why you didn’t make this for “them” in “their” size for free! But you are too nice, and handle yourself with poise and grace. That’s why I enjoy reading your blogs and viewing your patterns so much. I am an experienced seamstress of 30 years and still love learning from your tutorials, and tips. Sometimes the new way IS better, faster and easier! THANK YOU!
What I especially will be looking forward to is boy patterns and tips. In all my years there have only been girls to sew for. An occasional boy costume, but nothing of real substance. I just found out I am having my first grandson and am thrilled. I am also nervous about what sort of things I can make for the little guy. (So I will be coming to you for help AND encouragement!)
Thank you again for your confidence, kindness and excellence! I really appreciate you!
Your humble reader.
I always say, “Never look a gift horse in the mouth.” Thanks for how generous you are with your lovely patterns.
Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I think it looks adorable and I’m definitely going to make one for myself.
I love this tank. I recently started collecting summer material for shirts, shirt-dresses, etc. The stripped material I have would look awesome, but I’m going to do it on the bias.
~ Karen ~
I just finished making this. I used linen fabric (recycled from a large pair of thrifted pants) and trimmed it with handmade crochet lace. The drape of the linen works beautifully with this pattern!! Thank you so much for sharing it!!
Melly, you are so inspiring! Got some real-deals on thrift-shop plaid mens shirts which are lightweight but opaque, which is perfect for this tank. I am ready to start! Thanks for your generosity in sharing these patterns and the nifty videos!
Wow that’s such a good idea! I love it!!!
I’m so happy to have found this post—thanks for sharing! Now I’m looking forward to making a bunch of these, hopefully over the holiday weekend. Even though fall is on its way, my cool-weather wardrobe consists mostly of layers, and these would be perfect for transitioning under a cardigan.
Thank you as always for your very helpful videos and free patterns! I have learned so much and was afraid to grade patterns, but you inspired me to give it a go, especially if I use old sheets to test out the patterns (and now am awaiting my fabric order). I was so pleased with the results of this tank! I just need to figure out how to get it wider for my hips–small chested, but post-kids and Quarantine hips (=. I loved learning so many new things here! And I have bought a few patterns in your shop for those I would rather not grade myself. (;