Love Notions Hip-Hop Tank: a Pattern Hack with a Twist

Hi all! We do not typically wear tank tops in our house for different reasons, but my oldest needed some new summer clothes and we are having a major heave wave up here so I ventured out of my safety zone and jumped on Love Notions Hip-Hop Tank Blog Tour.

For this tour we are highlighting our own version of the versatile Hip-Hop Tank PDF Pattern created by Tami, the owner of Love Notions. This PDF pattern is for a knit tank top that has four different ‘looks’ (variations) to it: the basic tank (lose fit with a bit of a hip flare), or a tulip back, a button placket back, or a gathered back. My daughter fell in love with the tulip version but we ran into a very ironic problem….I did not have enough of the stripe knit fabric that she wanted. It made me laugh that as she stood in a fabric studio with hundreds of bolts of fabric she picked the ONE that I did not have enough of. So what does every creative, penny-pinching, sew crafty mamma do?!?!?! Hack the pattern to fit what I have on hand of course! So this is what we did….

She wanted a black & white stripe knit fabric for the bodice and then she wanted the Nisi Flora Oceanon voile designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics for the tulip skirt. I am a sucker for stripes and florals so that was easy, but as I said we did not have enough knit…but we had enough voile. Voile is a light weight 100% cotton fabric that is soft and a bit sheer. It has a lovely drape and is perfect for hot summer days or for a garment piece that is intended for layering.

To solve our problem we made a simple hack duplicating the tulip skirt on the front and back. To do this I simply measured the side seam length of the back bodice and mark that on the front bodice to create a new cut line. We then created the upper bodice according to the tutorial. Next we cut out two of the tulip pattern pieces, each on the fold, ran a gather stitch across the top of each piece, and finished off the raw edge with a rolled hem on the serger giving it a clean finish.

The shape of the tulip pieces looked a little funny sitting dead center on the front of the tank so that last thing we did was to add a little twist to the pattern – and off set the tulip pieces so that they meet up on the hip. This created a very pretty scooped front and back while still allowing the tulip details to be seen.

My daughter loves how soft and ‘flowy’ it turned out. It is a great length to wear with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans. This will also be a great top to layer over a long-sleeve undershirt as we transition from summer to fall. It always makes my heart melt to see my children love the clothing that I create for them; but to have my tween still asking for and wearing handmade clothing is definitely the cherry on my sundae! And just cause you never get to old to twirl….

If you are in need to a fun tank top for girls, or women sizing, I would highly suggest you try this one! It is fun, fast, and you can make it your own with a simple twist! Stop by to see what the other sewing bloggers have created with this PDF Pattern and enter the GIVEAWAY for your chance to win something great!


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