Phoebe — Linen Tank Pattern
This simple linen tank is a versatile and essential staple for every wardrobe. Light, breezy, relaxed and sure to keep you cool all season long!
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- Most patterns available graded in size 0/2 to 28/30.
- Step-by-step instructions on The Thread blog.
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This was a quick and easy beginner project. I used a piece of fabric with a cute frayed selvedge for my bottom hemline. I only had half a yard of fabric so instead of bias facing I just folded down the neck and arm sleeves. With a cotton/linen blend it worked well. I also lowered the armholes by 1 inch, and brought the side seam in 1 inch from the bottom to create a straighter fit. Will definitely be making more of these!
Love this pattern. Turned out better than I'd hoped. Definitely making another. Great for remnants. Made size 4/6. I have 35&quot; bust and thin arms and it fits perfectly with no alterations. I agree about the small armholes and would definitely keep this in mind when making.
I made this top in a few hours. Making the bias tape to trim the arm holes and the neck line took the most time (and was worth doing). I love the boxy silhouette, and the arm holes just fit me (athletic, thin, size 8). I have a pin head and could just fit my head through the neck line, so others may want to cut that a little larger. Overall super happy with the pattern and planning to make another.
Made this top out of heavy wt white - a perfect fit and I absolutely love the heavy wt linen. Just perfect for the very hot days we are having lately. Downloading pattern and instructions were excellent!
This pattern is beautiful and the silhouette is great, but the armholes are TINY!! So make sure that you increase the scythe so that they fit your arms. I found it a little tight across the chest so you might want to add some in there too.
Used this pattern to make 2 tanks from scraps from printed linen projects. One project is a solid front piece and a back piece that has a seam down the middle. The second was four pieces, seams down the middle both front and back. I liked the fit so much I used it to correct the top of 2 dresses I had made with ill-fitting cap sleeves. Thanks for the pattern! xx
I made 2 tank top from scraps I had. I just added allowance for inseam down the middle of the front on one and front and back for the other. Loved the look so much I used it to correct 2 cap sleeve dresses I had made whose tops were ill-fitting! Thank you for your free patterns xo
I ordered the NICO pattern, and downloaded this tank pattern in the interim. I thought I'd make a toile out of cotton fabric I had laying around to check how the pattern fits. It was SO easy. I ended up finishing the toile, which turned out beautifully and I'm already planning the next tank - there are so many possibilities!
I made 2 tanks with different colors from this pattern. Planning to make a third one. Easy to understand tutorial, even for a beginner sewers. I love wearing them to work (It's summer here in Melbourne) and out (style with a pair of high waist jeans). Thank you so much xx
Easy to sew, easy to wear, exactly the kind of top I like :) A great method for finishing the neck and armholes with bias binding. I added a hi lo hem and side splits. I will definitely make more!
Thank you for providing this wonderful pattern. This is my first time making one of your patterns and I purchased some of your medium weight softened linen for it. I love the results, so I made the boxy tee shirt top next so I would be able to wear this linen more often. I was searching for such cool patterns and beautiful fabrics like these, so your site is a dream come true! Thanks again, I really appreciate it.
Wonderful pattern for a beginner. Well explained with step-by-step instructions that were clear. The pictures certainly helped for a novice. Up to date software helps when downloading this pattern.
I made three muslin mockups on this pattern trying to make it work with a body that actually has breasts, and finally I quit. Not even an FBA got it working correctly. The armscye is drafted ludicrously large and continued to gape no matter what I did. It's obvious the pattern designer has no experience on adjusting patterns for anything larger than a small frame with a B-cup.
I love the pants, too. Is that pattern also available?
all your models are fabulous. I would like to know if the seam allowances are included in the pattern or not. Thank you
I downloaded this pattern today and I am almost done with it. Love that finished measurements were included. I am not the best at altering patterns to fit but with this pattern it was easy and it fits perfectly. I will be making this many times. I see so many possibilities with this pattern and I cannot wait to try many of them. This shirt does finish up short-perfect for me because I am only 5'1". Thank you for the pattern.
A lovely little top! I just made this tank over the weekend and will be wearing it soon. I'm a beginner who had never done this style of binding on the neck and arms, but the tutorials and photos made the whole process quite straightforward. I decided to use French seams on the shoulders and sides for a cleaner finish, and I'm quite happy with that change (just add a bit extra to the seam allowances to compensate). I had a slight issue with the fit being tight across the chest and high under my arms when I first tried it on (before binding the arm holes), but it was easy enough to cut the arms a little deeper to make it fall right. I would say it fits a bit on the smaller/shorter side, but I'm also fairly tall with broad shoulders. I'll definitely be using this pattern again as a starting point for other tops. Thank you!
This is a great pattern for a beginner... I love the hacks on you blog The Thread. I made a muslin for the tank and the Morocco pants. They are both wearable garments & I did not need to make any changes other then initially I graded up for my hips! Thank you !
This is a great little top. It's easy to sew - a great project for someone getting back into sewing after decades - and the style is very flattering even on my 64 year old body! I re-purposed a chambray linen sun dress that I bought online. The dress, unfortuantely, looked like a hospital gown on me and I didn't want to fabric to go to waste. I bought two of those sun dresses and, now that I know what I'm doing, will make another top out of the second one. I will be sizing up as the first top is very tight, although I'm able to wear it around the house without a bra. This is entirely my fault and has nothing to do with the pattern or design. I did not double check my measurments against the pattern measurments and made what I thought was my size. Yeah...my size 10 years ago. That was a stupid mistake which I'll not make again. Once I complete the second go-round and confirm its size and fit, I have some beautiful Fabric Store linen that I will use for the final version.
This is a great staple for any wardrobe. I do think it runs a little small though, just a heads up. :) So Happy to see the patterns available again!
I am not handy enough to create my own pattern so I am very grateful for the ones you provide. This pattern is perfect: casual and easy to make. I cheat and do not make bias tape, but just finish edges with a simple rolled edge. The swing blouse pattern I made, from the same size, 4/6, was way too bulky on me, but my daughter looks great in it. Wanting to have a blouse with that swing ruffle look, I cut this pattern out in a cropped length, cut the ruffle piece from the swing blouse pattern (I added 3" of length to it) and made a similar look that I am very happy with.
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I 'copied' this file to Adobe and then clicked on the paper clip (attachment) to view the pages of pattern pieces. Can't wait to try.
There is no pattern to download. Only 4 pages of pictures sizing chart and a thank you page. Hope something can be done so we can download the pattern even the latest adobe reader,
I measured at a size 4/6 with 1 yard of cotton with minimal stretch. The armholes were a bit snug and there was too much friction near my armpit/bust. I will adjust the next top to open the armhole a bit or size up. This size might be perfect with a performance stretch fabric, I will try again. It was the perfect pattern to try making bias tape for the first time.
FabricStore.com has gorgeous linens. Made this Phoebe top for my daughter so I could try out the pattern and make adjustments before making one for myself. She loves owls. Although I used a cotton woven I plan to make it from other fabrics as well. Added bust darts, mild sizing adjustments for her measurements - a curved inward waistline, and lowered neckline one inch. Plan to bring in armhole sides only just a bit for the next one to give a little more youthful appearance. Thanks! Love the simplicity of the pattern - leaves room for so much more. Love that someone added gathers to the lower bust dart and another added a swing skirt style at the waist. Nice going sewers!!
I used the Natural linen, medium weight, softened. Lengthened pattern to make into a tunic. Added patch pockets and hand embroidered details. Matching palazzo pants. This took only 2 yards! (And just a bit more for the self bias trim) Enjoyed every minute of this project. Thank you for your great products. Linen of very good quality and love the patterns!
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