Basic Tank, But Make it Fashion

Do you ever sew an exciting new garment only to find that you have nothing in your closet to wear with it? That was happening to me with my fancy pants. All of the tops I had just weren't working with it. I wanted something close-fitting, black, but still a bit interesting. So I crafted this concoction. 

Pattern: drafted using Simplicity 4070

For this project, I worked with Modes4U, a stationery, fabrics, and DIY store in Hong Kong that carries a wide array of Japanese and American designed fabrics like Robert Kaufman, Art Gallery Fabrics, and Cotton and Steel. They sent me this great Robert Kaufman cotton jersey to try out for this project. It shipped pretty quick from China, too! 

To make the top, I started with an old standby, my Simplicity 4070 princess seamed dress pattern. The bodice by itself makes an excellent crop top or, as in this case, can be lengthened to a full-length shirt. 

For this top, I straightened out the side front and side back armhole so that it met the bodice at a 90-degree angle. I then added an asymmetrical neckline to keep things interesting. 

I also added bust cups, because I just can't be bothered to have my bra showing! To do this, I partially lined the top of the bodice and attached bust cups to the lining. It gives the whole shirt a clean finish as well!

My hope is that my new top will allow me to wear my fancy pants and other high-waisted pants more often. Plus it's the star all on its own!


  1. This is so great. Thanks for sharing. You and the clothes look amazing! Such an inspiration. Fabrics World USA is a famous and fashionable fabrics store in USA. Online fabric store in NYC with the largest collection of discount & designers fabrics.

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