Monday, November 3, 2014

The Everyday Tank

I've been absent from the blog lately due to vacation and being busy with my kids' school activities, but I've been sewing and have a few new projects to share with you this week! To kick things off, I'm participating in the Serger Pepper Everyday Tank Pattern Tour! 

I know what you might be thinking. Another tank shirt pattern? But the Serger Pepper Everyday Tank pattern is no plain ol' boring tank. It's got options and lots of fun style! 

You can make more than just tank tops with this pattern. The Everyday Tank Top & Dress pattern provides instructions on how to also sew up a midi and a maxi dress with pockets!  I know I'll be sewing Ella a midi dress come spring time!

The Everyday Tank Top & Dress Pattern is great for a beginner sewer who is ready to tackle knits! The pattern includes all measurements in both metric and English units, plus tons of tips for sewing with knits, how to refashion used clothing to make the pattern, and suggestions for how to use different neck and armhole binding techniques. The illustrations are fantastic and some of the best I've seen, plus a real photo is thrown in on occasion to add clarity to a particular step.

I whipped up this cute tank top for Ella in just under an hour, and that included cutting the pattern and fabric, serging, topstitching, and hemming with a double needle! No joke! I sewed up a size 8 top based on the very thorough measurement chart included in the pattern. I wanted it to be a little big so Ella can wear it next spring and summer when the weather is warmer.

I had just enough of each of these fabrics left over from previous projects to sew up this tank, and they match these cute Ananda Pants that were too big for Ella last year when I made them. Now the pants fit, and she has the perfect loungewear outfit for lazy weekends around the house!

Where we live, it is now starting to get colder, so this particular Everyday Tank top will be one that Ella can sleep in or layer over a long sleeve tee at play dates. 

Ready to grab your own copy of the Everyday Tank Top and Dress Pattern by Serger Pepper? Head over to the Serger Pepper pattern shop or Etsy shop now and use code BLOGTOUR40 to save 40% everything in her shop. You'll be glad you did!

All week, a variety of fantastic sewing bloggers will be sharing their Everyday Tank creations with you. Some, like me, have sewn it according to the pattern, but others have added their own twist to this fun, simple pattern. Be sure to follow along!

Monday, 3rd

Veronica @ SewVery - Karly @ Paisley Roots -

Tuesday, 4th

Scary/Al @ Shaffer Sisters - Amy @ Sews N Bows - Melissa @ Rebel and Malice
Deanna @ Sew Mc Cool - Lisa @ Cucicucicoo

Wednesday, 5th

Terra @ Mama Says Sew  - Nichole @ Bluebird and the Boy - Ajaire @ Call Ajaire
Sara @ Made By Sara - Annemieke @ Sofilantjes

Thursday, 6th

Bethany @ Two Novembers - Joy @ xoxo Grandma - Courtney @ Sweeter Than Cupcakes

You can also enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one of two copies of the Everyday Tank & Dress Pattern.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have FUN sewing!


  1. Great idea to use the tank top as a pair of pyjamas, Veronica.

    1. I must admit that it was totally by accident, Pam! When I was looking for fabrics to use on the tank, I found just enough of these prints to make it. Then I remembered I made the pants last year (but they were too big at the time) and had to find them deep in her closet!

  2. You made me blush, Veronica, glad to see you liked my illustrations <3
    Thanks for being part of my blog tour, I enjoyed so much working with you!!

    1. Haha! Loved the layout of your pattern! Wish I could create illustrations like that. I just used Inkscape to create my pattern, but I'm thinking I may need to upgrade and finally get Illustrator! Thanks for having me on the tour!

    2. I think you should be able to create similar illustrations in Inkscape too... I use it at my day-job (since my chief there don't want to pay for illustrator...) and it's easy to use IMHO.
      Illustrator is better for pattern drafting indeed, by the way!

  3. I love the fabrics you used Veronica! Great job :)


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