Pattern Test: Megan Nielsen Reef Tank

Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Reef Tank
Fabric: something synthetic? probably rayon poly
Cost: remnant from fabric swap

Summer is here! After a few coldish weeks at the beginning of June, the temps have been Bay Area warm for the past few days (mid 70s). This weekend I'm headed to a hot weather wedding in Japanese Pattern Magic dress, with hopefully more pics to come!

This project is another warm-weather project. It's a pattern test for the Megan Nielsen Reef pattern, which includes a tank and shorts. Designed as loungewear, I think the top has enough style to work as normal clothes, too. I sewed mine up in a some sort of drapey rayon synthetic blend and wore it out on the town.

In the pic above, you'll also notice my new Style Arc Misty Jeans, which have been modified with a functioning fly front. They're quite snug, but fun to play around with! These were all made mostly during my time off before my internship. I'm missing all that sewing time!

Here I am all ready to head out to the city to see my friends. This was the tester version of the Reef Tank, so there may have been some additional updates to the final product. The fit worked great on me except, as you can see above, the fit at the bust. The top is designed in a relaxed fit for lounging, and in my attempt to fit it I made it much too small. That's why you'll see some rippling above the bust. Other than that, I found the fit to be really great as the neckline doesn't gape open when you bend over and the generous cut around the waist and hips makes it very easy to wear.

What makes this tank unique is definitely the cross-over straps in back. The v-neck front is also a great length on me. And while I don't usually like hi-lo hems, I found that I actually enjoy the subtle swoop toward the back. A fun pattern overall if you're looking for a summer basic.


  1. From Creative Hormone Rush: Wow, what an unusual pattern this is. This color is quite nice on you, and the pretty, slightly rounded "v" design on the back is just a knockout. A lovely make, and very exciting. When will you be posting your final version of this design?

    1. Thank you! Not sure, could be a bit, but not many changes :)


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