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Christine Haynes

Indiesew Blog Tour: Tank Top Bonanza

June 21, 2017

When I was contacted by Allie from IndieSew to participate in the Great Tank Bonanza of 2017, I knew that I wanted to try my hand at making active wear. I prefer racerback style sports bras, so I was really excited to test the Rumi Racerback from Christine Haynes and the Adventure Tank from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I used performance jersey for all components of both shirts and put my serger to good use!

Rumi Tank

When I was trying to decide on my size, I got out an old Lululemon tank and laid it across the pattern pieces to compare. The Rumi has a more forgivable shape – it has a slight curve below the bust and then skims away from the body – but I was surprised that it was so much shorter than my RTW tank. I added two inches to the length. The pattern is designed for knits, but since I was using super-stretch jersey, I made a size two rather than a size four.

The binding went on very smoothly and I really appreciated that the instructions were full-colour photographs. I often forgo instructions if there is a sew-along to follow, so this was like having sew-along posts conveniently in one document. The scoop of the neck is pretty low, so I think for my next version I’ll raise it an inch. There is a slight curve to the hem of the shirt, and the back of the tank is what I think of as a traditional racerback style.  I knew I loved the Rumi because I started wearing it before I even finished the hem!

Adventure Tank

This is what I’ll be wearing to run this summer! The curve of the hem is more pronounced on the Adventure Tank than the Rumi, and the racerback has a v-shape that I really like.  The neck line is higher and gives more coverage overall. The body is boxier in shape and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. This tank is also pretty short. I added two inches to the length here as well and took out an inch and a half from the shoulders. I wasn’t sure about the size, so I made a small, but I’ll try the medium next time. The arm and neck bindings were more challenging, but this was only due to the slippery texture of this particular fabric.

Overall, I think both tanks are a great addition to my wardrobe and I was delighted with how each pattern translated into activewear. Like Allie, I made the two tanks in a single afternoon and hardly used any fabric – perfect stash busting project! It was a nice way to dip my toe into sewing activewear and build confidence before taking on more complicated garments. Thank you so much to IndieSew for having me along on the blog tour!


*IndieSew provided the patterns for this project and compensated me for my time. All thoughts are my own.