Sunny Days Tank
A free pattern and video tutorial for Baby Lock

Yes, I know! With temps being in the arctic range in most of the country right now, it is difficult to visualize "Sunny Days", but I promise those days coming and when they do, you'll be ready to celebrate with this adorable tank I designed for Baby Lock.
Fabric shown is Mod Tulip from the Heaven & Helsinki knit fabric collection by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics.

This easy-to-sew top uses two of my favorite sewing techniques, lettuce-edge rolled hems and shirring, which always add lots of pizzazz and flair to any garment! Even if you've never done these techniques before, you'll be able to master them in no time with our detailed instructions and companion video tutorial.

You can download the free instructions for this tank by going to the Baby Lock website and scrolling halfway down the page to the section, "We're on a Serge & Rescue Mission". There, you will find the pattern download link and the video tutorial link, which I've also embedded for you guys below.

Imagine - Sunny Days Tank Project from Tacony Corporation on Vimeo.

Hope you enjoy this first of many exciting projects coming this year, as part of my new partnership with Baby Lock. Can't wait for you to see what we are cooking up!

17 comments:

  1. This looks like a great pattern and just in time for warmer weather! Thank you for the video. I want to ask about the Heaven & Helsinki knits. Where can I get them? I've been wondering when they will be in shops.

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    1. Here it is on sale at Fabric.com http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=589f3e5e-89d5-4da9-94ce-4cf58bdafc73

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    2. Also you can find it on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/120800359/reserved-order-for-bm-two-2-fat-quarters?

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  2. I just love the lettuce-edge rolled hems! Thank you for a hint about fabric - I wish it could have been quilting cotton. The print is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks! This pattern will work with woven fabrics (quilting cottons) too. Because of the shirring around the chest, it will stretch enough without it needing to be a knit fabric.

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    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. Anonymous8:37 AM

    Thanks for the pattern and video. I teach serging at the BabyLock store in Richmond and this looks like a great late Spring project. Good to hear the top can be made from wovens as cute summer fabrics are easier to obtain in wovens in this area than are knits.

    Also, love your fabric designs. Terrific flair and use of colors. Will put them on my must watch for and purchase list at Fabric.com.

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  5. What kind of elastic thread did you use? Is it clear elastic or white coated elastic? Is there a brand you recommend? I used some once and it never sinched up with the iron steam like yours did.

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    1. Stacy, we use wither Dritz or Stretch-Rite brand. You can find it in most fabric stores in either white or black. They also have other colors online, but I have never seen it clear. Are you sure you were using the right stuff? It should say "Elastic Sewing Thread" on the package.

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  6. Anonymous12:48 AM

    I made this tank top yesterday. I think I goofed and made the bodice (size 8) with 15" wide and the length 19" wide instead of 15" long and 19" wide. But my girl is a skinny one so the 15" wide width worked out. The shirring on the bodice was fine, but I didn't have that much shirring on the straps, so I had to cut off a couple of inches so the straps wouldn't be too long. I did enjoy making the lettuce hem for the first time using the rolled hem feature on my serger.

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  7. Thanks so much! The grandgirl will love this for the summer!

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  8. Anonymous9:37 AM

    You made me want serger and a daughter . Lol. it's so many cute things can be made for girls !

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  10. Love this pattern and the tutorial is very helpful. Unfortunately, this pattern does not seem to available any longer on the BabyLock.com website. Do you know if it's still there and if so where? I tried searching and had no luck. :(

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    1. Irene, come join us on our FB Modkid Group! We have posted this pattern plus several others for FREE, exclusive to group embers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/302539649923319/

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