The Isabella Tank – Two Takes!

It’s the last week of Indie Pattern Month 😦 😦 It’s been so much fun, thanks for having me!!

So here I am with my final post for this month. (I’m Beth from After Dark Sewing, if you don’t recognize me by now!)

Have you heard of Spit Up & Stilettos?

Well I heard about them only recently. They sell kids clothing patterns but used to sell women’s; since that didn’t work out they now provide these patterns for FREE. So of course I had to give at least one a go. I have started with this top as it’s what caught my eye first…. and I’ve made two (so far). They’ve got loads of other free patterns; I don’t know which to do next!

Isabella Tank

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I’m already singing its praises so you can probably guess that I’m happy with the pattern!

Isabella Tank I

For the first one I used a polycotton scarf I picked up at a car boot sale for 50p. The print is not something I’d usually choose or wear but I really like it on this top!

I’ll start with the finished photo, then fill you in on the construction a bit! So here it is:

Isabella Tank

I managed to get the front piece (on the fold), and all facing pieces out of it. Check out the photos; this is where all my practice with jigsaw puzzles came in to effect!

I then used a plain navy blue cotton or polycotton (not sure – I don’t remember where it came from!) for the back, which matches nicely. I juuuuust about managed to squeeze the piece on!

Isabella tank cutting

The pattern’s very good and I had no problems with it. Amazing for a free pattern!

The only changes I made were to take in the side seams a little, and lessen the length of the back slit. You can see a photo of the gaping at the side seams a bit further down as I didn’t adjust the pattern because it’s just as easy to take that bit in every time, haha…. so I took a photo of it with the next version.

Isabella Tank back

I added a cute red button, which I was very happy to find in my button tin as it matches nicely!

Isabella Tank


Isabella Tank II

Now on to version two. The photo’s not very clear but here it is…

Isabella Tank ii

Now that I’d got to grips with the pattern and the fit, I could experiment (a little!)

So this version is made of two fabrics – viscose, and a crochet/lacy man-made type of fabric.

The viscose actually started life as this:

Viscose skirt for Isabella TankA maxi skirt I picked up in Lidl purely to cut up. I cut all pattern pieces out of this, and then the front and back pieces out of the lacy fabric.

Isabella Tank cutting

Then I sewed the front and back pieces together, just roughly, on all sides.

Isabella Tank cutting

This is how big the top was at the sides (I just took it in that much down to the waist, where it was fine). Not a lot – it’s a very simple fit alteration! 🙂

Isabella Tank

Ta-dah! Now it’s spot on in terms of fit; it’s really comfy.

Isabella Tank

Well, that’s me done! To the hosts of TMS (I think I speak on behalf of everyone here) THANK YOU for this month – you’ve done an amazing job. (And thank you so much for choosing me as a finalist for the 1st and 3rd weeks – I’m so pleased you like my garments!)

Beth (from After Dark Sewing!) x

14 thoughts on “The Isabella Tank – Two Takes!

  1. I’ve only sewn up one of their patterns (the leggings — about 5 times now) 🙂 but I have just about all of their other patterns on my to-sew list! Don’t you just love them all!? 🙂 It’s great to see this one sewn up. I love both of your versions!

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    • Oh wow I might just have to try the leggings. Yeah they all look great, I think I like their simplicity – basic shapes etc. for staple pieces in your wardrobe. Thanks!

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  2. Well done Beth, 2 fab tops, I especially like how you’ve added the lace to the navy (more inspiration overload!!). I’ve heard of Spit Up and Stilettos and have downloaded a few pattern but not gotten round to sewing any up. Must rectify that! Good luck i the last challenge 🙂

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    • It’s always good to see patterns made up isn’t it? There are a few that I wouldn’t really buy but when I see them made up I want them! This is a great top for minimal tan lines in summer 😀


  3. Your tanks look great–I especially like the lace one. And thanks for mentioning Spit Up and Stilettos–I’d never heard of them but now I’m intrigued to try some of those free patterns!

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