Citrus Summer Tank–for Me!

I have tendency to do this every summer.
Right as the season is coming to a close, I start sewing tank tops like I live in an oven.
Oh wait. I do.
It’s called Texas.

But more importantly, I’m headed to Palm Springs today for our annual Sisters/Cousins trip!

So you know…citrus fabric, swimsuits, tank tops, and Thrifty ice cream seemed like the right move.

(If you’re from California, you know what I mean).
((Chocolate. Malted. Freaking. Crunch.))
(((Dude. I miss it so much in Texas)))

And I’m totally loving this tank.  I don’t sew nearly enough for myself. But already this summer I’ve made two versions of this tank, a swimsuit coverup, and I have another outfit scheming in my head.

What I love about this tank top is how easy it was to make.
The pattern is self-drafted.  And I used the Citrus knit fabric, from my fabric collection called Fiesta Fun.
Because this fabric just makes me feel happy!

And the fabric is so stinking soft.  I know I’ve said this before, but Art Gallery knits are really some of the softest that I’ve ever felt.  And I like the weight—not to light; not to heavy—just enough to keep some structure around the armholes…which I did by creating a 1/2 inch double fold binding (like making knit bias tape).  It’s similar to what I did on the Scooter Dress for Clara a few months ago.  I keep playing with my method of attaching it.  And I’m really enjoying it.

If you’re new to sewing with knits I have post with tons of tips HERE and a good video HERE.
The good news about knits, is that you can sew them right on your standard sewing machine! In fact for this tank, all I used was a zigzag stitch.  So easy. And cute.

I seriously love this tank!
I’m going to keep going with more versions.  Maybe a subtle ruffle “sleeve” attachment.

And if I’d thought it through better, I would have waited to TAKE my pics in Palm Springs…where the colors and mid-century love is everywhere
….along with barrels o’ cactus, and 100 degree weather.

But we still have plenty of that in Texas.
Have a good weekend! I’ll see you poolside!

  1. 1) Julie C

    Love the tee !! You should make a tee-shirt dress ! Have a great trip.

  2. 2) PsychicSewerKathleen

    Love your tank too! Thank you for that suggestion re double fold bias tape with KNIT and sewn on with a zig zag – I favour that finish especially for a light weight knit tank. I’m off to look at your tutorials!

  3. 3) Linda M

    Love this tank. Full coverage but still sleeveless.

  4. 4) Doreen

    Very cute, and like you said, not TOO light, not TOO heavy 😉

  5. 5) Elizabeth

    So Cute!!!

  6. 6) Martha l

    So stinkin cute! I’m really excited to see it was all zigzag stitch. I don’t have a serger so this looks like a great option.

  7. 7) Erika

    Where do you go for your sister/cousin get together? Another oven 🙂 Love the tank, have enjoyed your blog for a few years. It is about time for me to learn to sew. Thanks and have a great trip!!

  8. 8) Sandra

    Perfect summer print! What kind of bracelet are you wearing in these pics?

  9. 9) Joanne

    It looks gorgeous. I like these kind of fabrics for summer !

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