Welcome back to VS.
An occasional series here at mahlicadesigns with the aim of pairing similar style patterns against each other in a friendly showdown to see which pattern better suits me, all while working through my pattern stash.
Today I’m comparing 5 knit tank tops:
Greenwood Tank from Straight Stitch Designs
Lago Tank from Itch to Stitch
The Dahlia Tank is “a well-fitting tank top for use with knit fabrics in cup sizes A-E. The scoop neckline is finished with bindings, not bands, for a professional look. Hip and crop lengths.”
The Durango Tank is a “casual sleeveless shirt with a center back seam and longer flared hem… is fitted at the shoulder and bust and loose through the waist and hip for an easy fit.”
The Greenwood Tank features “a wide open neckline and two back options.”
The Idyllwild Tee is a “fitted t-shirt and dress pattern… jam-packed with options… you can literally make 42 garments with different looks!”
The Lago Tank is a relaxed fit racerback tank with slightly scooped neckline.
For all my tanks I used the 10oz cotton lycra solids from Simply By Ti. I’ve used this C/L in many projects as I love the weight and quality (here & here & here & here & here). As a Simply by Ti Ambassador I received complimentary fabrics for this post from the Simply By Ti shop to use in exchange for sharing it with you.
Now let’s compare.
Dahlia: Beginner friendly and easy to follow. I still managed to finish the neck and arm opening with a band instead of a binding by mistake.
Durango: Beginner friendly and easy to follow.
Greenwood: Beginner friendly and easy to follow. Link to video demonstrating binding technique.
Idyllwild: Beginner friendly and easy to follow. Pattern notches included to line up curved side seams and position the bands.
Lago: Beginner friendly and easy to follow. Pattern notches included to line up curved side seams and position the bands.
Dahlia: Size small graded to medium at the hip per my measurements. A little bit of bunching at the shoulder seam area.
Durango: Size 10 per my measurements. Dropped shoulder adjustment of 3/8in was critical to reduce gaping. I don’t think I stretched the binding around the armscye, enough as you can see there is still gaping going on there.
Greenwood: Size 10 per my measurements. Shortened front and back straps by 1/4in and then did a 1/4in dropped shoulder adjustment. Shortened 1/2in at hemline.
Idyllwild: Size small graded to medium at hips. Shoulder seam sits back about 1/4in from my shoulder point. A 1/4in dropped shoulder adjustment to the front bodice should fix that. Neckband pattern piece seems a tad too long around the CF curve. It will need to be shortened 1/2in.
Lago: Size 6 graded to 8 at the hips. No shoulder adjustment needed (due to racerback shape?) Bands fit perfectly.
** For all these patterns I’ll need a sway back adjustment and to grade the back piece a little larger at the hip to account for my full seat.
Dahlia: Standard and cropped options. I like the gently curved hem.
Durango: CB seam allows for easy swayback adjustment if needed and potentially easier to use up your remnants. Swing style minimizes the need to grade for wider hips. Racerback bra needed.
Greenwood: Wider scooped neckline. Straps give great coverage.
Idyllwild: Sleeveless style gives more coverage across the shoulders.
Lago: Cute racerback curves, but racerback bra needed.
Dahlia: $11 Two length options included.
Durango: $0 One view included.
Greenwood: $10-$12 Two neckline options included.
Idyllwild: $10 includes multiple sleeve, neckline, and length options.
Lago: $0 One view included.
For me, the Durango is the winner. I like the fit through the body and the pattern just needs a little tweaking to adjust for my swayback.
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