In today’s episode of What Stretchy Thing Can I Wear During Quarantine, we are going to discuss the virtues of a colorful basic tank! This lovely scoop neck tank is a free pattern from Halfmoon Atelier called the Super Basic Tank. I’m really gravitating toward her patterns right now and not only because Meghann is a friend of mine but also because her patterns have the unique quality of combining classic femininity with simplistic design. They add the exact amount of cuteness I need without sacrificing comfort. In these quaran-times that spells perfection.
I made this tank out of Spoonflower fabric I had leftover from my Slow Pants family pajamas madness. It’s designed by Janine from LePetitLeCour; her designs are full of colorful flowers that speak to me. The fabric is cotton spandex jersey and I find it prints in vibrant colors and washes and wears well.
This super basic tank is so comfortable and very easy to make. I stitched it up pretty much out of the box except for a few small alterations. 1. I pulled the sides in a bit (it was a smidge too wide across my front). I did this by placing the front pattern piece a little bit (1/4″ over the edge of the fold on the fabric). 2. I added a small band to the bottom hem instead of trying to a regular hem stitch. I don’t love doing hem stitches on jersey fabric because I’m always afraid they will go wavy. Plus, I don’t love the look of a zigzag stitch or a lightning stitch when it’s visible. Additionally, the band allowed me to use my serger exclusively for this project. Win!
Small little changes but they made this super basic tank super fabulous. So fabulous, in fact, that I’ve worn in for the past three days straight. Am I proud? Eh. Kinda?