Making a Few Winnats Tanks

As I am working on my review of Wendy Ward’s last book A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabric I managed to make myself a few Winnats tanks using some leftover fabric from some of my other projects that I made.

As the leftover fabrics were not too big, I decided that the Winnats tank was the perfect project from this book for them. The Winnats tank has 3 versions in Wendy’s book (a top and two dress versions).

Photo credit – Wendy Ward’s blog (see link here)

I decided to trace the size corresponding to waist size 72 cm although my bust measurements would have put me in the next size. However, I prefer clothing to be closer to my body and don’t like too much ease.

On my first version I used black ponte roma and jersey print for the bands on the armholes and neckline. I mostly used the overlocker/serger to construct the tank and used the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine to finish off the hem and to keep the bands in place.

Also, I added my folding label on the outside given that this tank is a sporty one.

On my second tank I used left over swimsuit fabric left over from a dress I made. When working with knits I always add the neckband before I stitch the side seams. My experience taught me that before I add it to the bodice, it is best to do a little prep, such as basting the folded band in half, then add pins to mark halves and quarters on both the band and the neckline into which this goes in. I then match the pins and sew them together, after which I top-stitch so the band lies flat.

I’ve decided that I kinda like having my little folded labels in my garments as well, so I decided that it will be fun to start using them in my sporty makes on the outside.

Considering that I did not make any changes to the patterns, I am very pleased with the fit of both my Winnats Tanks.

This is a great stash buster or to use up those small pieces of fabric that are not big enough to use up making something else. I have the feeling that I’ll be making a few more of these little tops. They are great to layer under a cardigan or jacket if the weather is not too warm to wear them on their own.


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