I cannot believe it’s been more than two months since I wrote a blog post. Please know that I’ve been sewing like crazy. So much that I haven’t had much time to write about it all, I guess. Hopefully you follow me on Instagram (@sewingsarah23), so you know what I’m up to, even when I’m not blogging.
That said, I’m super duper excited to share my Dublin Dolman tank hack today. You may or may not have seen my guest post over at the New Horizons blog in June – here . What I can tell you, nearly two months later, is that I’ve worn the heck out of this shirt. It’s definitely my favorite casual make of the summer. I want a dozen more in all the colors. I love, LOVE the gathered front and v-neck details – it’s perfectly flattering and is easy to dress up. Get the pattern here: New Horizons Dublin Dolman
From the moment I made my first Dublin two months ago, I’ve thought about how to make a tank top using this pattern – keeping the neckline and the gathered front that I love so much and turning it into a summer tank. I think I’ve confessed before that I think about sewing as I fall asleep at night, sometimes pondering the technical details of what I’m going to sew next. After weeks of, quite literally, dreaming about this, I sat down this past Friday afternoon to see if I could accomplish this hack. Spoiler: it worked. Confession – I’m still a bit giddy about it.
I’ll share my pictures below.
First of all, make sure to interface ALL the neckline pieces – it really makes a crucial difference and it’s worth the extra few minutes. As far as modifying the front and back bodice pieces, I think this shape probably varies from person to person and size to size. Basically, I cut off the sleeves and shoulders of the front and back pieces. On the back piece, I drew from the shoulder seam, down to directly under the arm. On the front bodice, I used the notch on either side of the neckline as my starting point and drew out to the side seam, directly under the arm. Make sure to add at least 3/8″ to all cut lines, which will be folded under to finish the edges. It’s always better to cut more conservatively and then cut more if you need to! You could just clip/pin the pieces onto the neckline to make sure you like the coverage and don’t need to take any more off before finishing the edges.
Second, do NOT attach the front and back neckline pieces at the shoulders. Work with the front and back separately for now. Front pieces RST and sew around the outside from the edge to the notch on both sides. Sew all along the inner part of the neckline as per the instructions. Clip curves per the instructions to reduce bulk and help curves lay flat. Turn right side out.
Sew the inner part of the back neckline pieces together. Clip curves per instruction. Place the back neckline pieces to the front neckline pieces, RST, as pictured, and stitch at the appropriate seam allowance (as shown in second picture below). This is the shoulder seam you are working with and this method will ensure that the seam is enclosed, as it is in the original pattern. Turn back neckline piece right side out and press neckline flat. It should look like my final neckline picture when you are done. Raw edges all along the back outer neckline and the front outer neckline where it will attach to the bodice.
Set neckband to the side.
Apply gathering stitch on neckline per tutorial (make sure to note the center notch). Hem all of these modified unfinished seams (where the shoulder/sleeves would have been on the original pattern) – from the back neckline, under the arm, up to the edge of the front neckline whether the gathering stitch starts. Gather the neckline to match the raw edges on the neckline.
Attach the front bodice piece to the front neckline per the tutorial, minding the center notch so that your v-neck point is nice and sharp. Attach the back bodice to the back neckline per the tutorial. Attach front and back bodice pieces at side seams. Hem per the tutorial.
ENJOY YOUR TANK. IT’S AMAZING.
Perhaps pair it with a nice pair of Lander shorts as I have. Everyone needs a pair of teal linen Landers, right. This is the ultimate summer outfit for me.
Tank fabric from FabricMart, shorts fabric from Joann, I think (years ago).
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