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Southport Dress Tank Hack Roundup // Sewing For Women

Monday, October 9, 2017

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women
 Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

Hi friends! 

Today's post has been a long time in coming... A year and a half in fact. So be prepared for a picture/word heavy post!!
 I made my first Southport Dress Tank Hack back in May of 2016. Obviously I became obsessed, because I just finished up my 5th and 6th version! 

And this doesn't include my dress version that I made way, WAY, back in 2015! You can read that post HERE.

You can find the tank hack tutorial is on True Bias's blog HERE. Since making the first dress version, I've made a few fit changes to the pattern. The only cosmetic change I've made is to raise the neckline 1 1/2", I also changed the neckline curve to be more rounded in versions #3 and #4, but changed back to mirror the pattern for #5 & #6. Looking at these photos above, however, I will be going back to the more rounded shape from here on out. For some reason, the squared off curve tends to gape on me. I'm sad about this, because I love the shape of the squared off curve.

I had been meaning to blog about these tops as I went along, but the truth is that each time I made another one, it just integrated itself into my wardrobe rotation so quickly that I never took the time to properly take photos and blog them! 

If you follow me on Instagram ⇐click to follow!! (if you don't, I'd love to hang out with you there!!), you know that I wear these tops ALL. THE. TIME. Multiple times a week. They are perfect for wearing alone in the summer, the coverage is exactly what I look for in a tank, and layering them with one of my many cardigans is just my favorite thing.  

So I'll go ahead and take you on a run down of each one that I have made, in chronological order!

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

This polka dot version is the very first tank version I made (and actually photographed in May 2016!). I used a rayon challis from Joann and did a center pleat rather than the button down placket. This was a super simple mod, just cut on the fold rather than in 2 pieces and sew a 6" long inverted pleat down the center. I love the swinginess this gives the front of the tank. 

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

This tank was a bit big in these photos, and made me very self conscious when I bent over in public while tending to my kids. As it happened, it got thrown in the dryer by accident one day, I nearly had a heart attack when I pulled it out because I assumed it would have shrunk beyond hope. (I don't dry my rayons, ever, even in the prewash) But, instead, it's still 100% wearable and maybe even fits a little better! Bonus is that there is no longer any neckline gaping. Yay!! Haha.

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

I did a rolled hem on this polka dot version.

Tank #2 was made in a chambray (of sorts), also from Joann. This version is blogged in detail HERE.

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

I also like being able to tie these up at my waist if I want to. Especially with the high waisted styles currently!

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

Tank #3 was made in a frenzied pre-vacation sewing binge. You can see more on that HERE.

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

I did not blog this version and also don't have great photos, but on this version, I took out some width from the center front (which ended up being too much) and rounded the neckline. I also finished the hem line on this with bias tape as well. I find I really like using the bias tape method to hem tops with a shirt tail hem!

I used a cotton shirting with flocked black dots from Joann's for this version.

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

The 4th version of this pattern I made late this summer. I used a linen/rayon blend, also from Joann's, that had been languishing in my stash for quite a while. Haha, I just realized the first four tanks I made were all in fabrics from Joann!

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

I really, really love the drape and weight of this one. For this tank (and #5 & #6) I did a 1/2" swayback adjustment and it helped with some of the "poofing" I was getting at my lower back. This one also has the more rounded neckline. I love wearing this one, the fit is the most perfect of all of them in this rendition. I plan to immortalize the tweaked pattern with this exact version on to poster board, lol. Once you've got a good thing, you have to preserve it!

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

The hem on this tank is finished with bias tape.

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

The next two tanks were made last week, in preparation for this post! I thought since I had the fit perfectly tweaked, I needed to make two more in these gorgeous fabrics I picked up over the summer. Bummer is that I made a minor change to my "perfect" pattern and now I'm getting that dreaded gaping at the neckline. However, in my experience with tanks #1 & #2, that gaping relaxes over time, so fingers crossed!!

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

Tank #5 was made in AGF Heritage Rayon by April Rhodes, this print is called Mountain Mirror. I purchased this fabric from Imagine Gnats this past summer, still available HERE! I was dying to make a tank from it and it definitely fulfilled all my mountain wearing dreams. 

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

This tank turned out to be the most close fitting of all the tops I have made. I'm thinking this must be due to the fabric having less give. Although, I won't rule out the possibility that I cut it a wee bit smaller during the cutting stage, since rayon challis can be a shifty beast. 

I also did not try it on at all during construction because I thought I had it perfected. Lesson learned. I could have let the seams out a smidge or shifted the buttons a little further apart to give myself more room, but alas, there are french seams throughout, and who wants to redo seven buttons?!!

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

It's definitely still wearable as is, and I'm trying really hard to lose a few pounds, so maybe it'll fit better soon. :)

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

I did a scant 1/4" double folded hem on these last two versions.

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

It's hard to say which of these is my favorite, but this windowpane rayon is definitely up there in the favorite fabrics category. Also, the pleated front (like #1) is a fun change from the placket versions too.

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

The window pane rayon is from IndieSew over the summer, which is sadly now all sold out!

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

I absolutely love the drape and flow of this one!! It feels great and looks great too. Plus the fabric... Just gush, gush, and all the heart eyes! It has a crepe texture that is just to die for and fun change from the typical smooth texture of rayon challis.

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

Southport Dress Tank Hack // Sewing For Women

I couldn't leave this post without showing you a few views of it paired with a cardi! Which is hands down my favorite outfit these days. 

This new cardi make, Blackwood Cardigan is also my new favorite cardi pattern! Seriously, if you love cardigans as much as I do, you need this. You NEED this. I LOVE the sleeves. They are a slim fit, so I actually prefer to wear it over tanks rather than anything with sleeves, so yay me! I have 6 Southports to choose from!!

This cardigan is made from a sheer knit, also from Joann's. Even though it's sheer it adds a nice layer for fall weather. My next version however, is going to be the same color, but in a fabulous stretch french terry. That will take these tanks through the winter for me!!

Blackwood Cardigan // Sewing For Women

Blackwood Cardigan // Sewing For Women

Blackwood Cardigan // Sewing For Women

Blackwood Cardigan // Sewing For Women

Blackwood Cardigan // Sewing For Women

Have you made any Southport Tanks? Have I convinced you you should??? Because, you should. :)

Rayon Fabric Comparison // Imagine Gnats Contributor

Friday, September 29, 2017


Hi friends!

This week I am over at Imagine Gnats with a fun fabric comparison post. I love seeing how a different fabric can make the exact same pattern look just a bit, or a lot, different. Don't you? 


You can read the post HERE, with all the details and my findings on how these fabrics behaved and how they sewed up. I even tell you which fabric was my favorite for this particular top.

Speaking of the tops. This is a Scout Tee hack!! So fun. I've also got the details on how you can make your own in the post.

Both fabrics and also the pattern are available in the Imagine Gnats shop as well.

So head on over and check it out!!







Grainline Hadley Top // Imagine Gnats Contributors

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Happy Wednesday, friends! Hooray! We're halfway to the weekend!

I'm once again over at Imagine Gnats today with what is probably my favorite Grainline pattern make to date. I sewed up their newest pattern, the Hadley Top, in a GLORIOUS tencel rayon from the shop. I'm so in love with the outcome, I can't even tell you. 

Well, I can tell you, but you'll have to hop over to my post at Imagine Gnats to read all the details!!

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Monday, September 11, 2017

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Happy Monday! I'm popping in today to share my *first* (yes...) Linden Sweatshirt (purchased via Imagine Gnats, HERE). 

This pattern has been around for a little while and I, for reasons unknown, have waited until now to make one! Unknown reasons, especially because every version out there is great! So the little push I needed came from #lindenlove that was hosted last month on Instagram by SewNews. Seriously, check out that hashtag for mega inspiration! And also #lindensweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

I was also motivated to make the cropped version to go with my brand new high-waisted Lander Pants. The fabric I chose to use was also a direct result of falling in love with THIS OUTFIT made by Mie of Sewing Like Mad! The color combo is just toooo good! I already knew I absolutely loved this fabric because I used it to make a top HERE

Yes, I have two tops made from the same fabric and they are even both raglan sleeved. Haha. But I don't care, because I just want to wear them both all the time! The fabric is a rayon blend french terry from LA Finch Fabrics. The pink is sold out, but a lovely Heather Gray is available HERE.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

So my thoughts on the pattern... I have nothing but good to say! The fit is so good. I made a size 6, my bust measurement puts me between a 6 and 8, but my hips are 4/6. I made a straight size 6, in the cropped length and added the included bands to the sleeves for just a bit more length there. I used the pattern piece for the band, but lengthened it to be just a hair shorter than the bottom of the short sleeve pattern piece.

The pattern pieces fit together perfectly, as do all Grainline patterns. The instructions and illustrations are nice and clear and the pdf is easy to assemble. 

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

I just love the easy, slouchiness of this shirt. Yet it still looks pulled together. I will be making so many more of these!! I want to make the longer length for winter and I'm just dreaming of all the cozy fabrics I can use for them! I also want to try going down a size and using lighter-weight fabrics for a shirt-like fit.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women
I should mention, I didn't make any changes to the length at all, I am 5'3". I'm really happy with the length. I like it being shorter, but not super cropped.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Overall, I just find it to be really comfy and flattering. I'm loving it paired with my Lander Pants here, but it's equally cute with jeans or even work out pants for a super cute power-walking top! ;)



I've been told one cannot have too many Linden's so I'm going to be working on that! How many Linden's do you have??

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt (Size Sewn: 6)
Fabric: Rayon/Poly French Terry from LA Finch Fabrics, pink sold out, but gray available HERE.
Pants: Lander Pants, blogged HERE
Shoes: Rifle Paper Co Keds
Necklace: Target

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