My new favorite woven tank

Simplicity 1589 in silk galaxy printThat tank top pattern , Simplicity 1589, I bought at Wal Mart is turning into my favorite summer sew!patternsofwalmart I made two more of these woven tanks with cutout backs already! This version I sewed from some upcycled silk galaxy fabric from Isabelle’s now unworn high low dress I made her a couple of years ago. I lowered the neckline a little and used a very thin vintage black bias tape for bindings.Simplicity 1589 in silk galaxy printI know these photos are kind of out of focus. sorry.Simplicity 1589 in silk galaxy print simplicity 1589Simplicity 1589 in a rayon printThis geometric printed version I sewed  from a rayon print I bought at Joann fabrics with a  coupon. I’ve only recently tried sewing with rayon wovens, and I love the drape so much. It has a totally different feel from my silks. It’s a bit heavier with more flowiness. I can’t wait to go downtown soon to try and find some  other unique rayon prints.

I was actually pretty impressed with the selection at Jo-ann though! However, I should hold back on the fabric buying. I’ve been to some great estate sales lately, and my hoard is starting to grow again!

I sewed these a size bigger than my first version, which I made in a size 10. I read other reviews saying the ease on this top was huge, but I didn’t find that to be the case at all for my own body. A pattern change I did make though , was shaving off one inch from the bottom side seams and then redrawing it to the armhole to reduce the billowiness there. That resulted in a  total of 4 inches less volume. Simplicity 1589 in a rayon printI’m considering adding an elasticated skirt to this pattern to make an easy summer dress. I do like the shirt tail hem on this top and it feels very ready to wear. It’s such a  quick sew. About an hour.

Happy sewing!

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  1. says

    I actually have this pattern in my stash. After seeing your versions am pulling it out to make some cute little summer tops.