We’re having fun with our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Check every day in July for more inspiration!
Name: Yellow Tail Camisole
Brand: Seamster Patterns
Description: The seamlines on the Yellow Tail Camisole look like the tail of a Yellow Tail Snapper. The Yellow Tail Camisole is a comfortable yet cheeky knit top that pairs perfectly with the Summercrisp Skirt or a pair of jeans. Wear it on a date for an effortlessly sexy look. Throw it on to keep cool at the gym or cozy while lazing about at home.
Make your camisole in one solid color to let the seaming details subtly spice up your outfit or have fun color blocking the triangular panels and bra-like shaping at the bust for a graphic look.
The top of the camisole and the straps are finished with fold over elastic so you don’t have to fiddle around with turning small straps. Negative ease at the bust & hips combined with subtle shaping in the triangular panels lets the pattern hug your curves while zero ease at the waist gives you a little room to breathe.
This pattern is a good jumping off point for hacking. For a less modern look, use stretch lace for the straps instead of the fold over elastic the pattern calls for. If you can’t find fold over elastic or lace to perfectly match your fabric, cuts strips of your main fabric and apply them like bias tape. Use a soft rayon jersey & lengthen the pattern into a cozy slip or saucy dress.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Techniques Involved: Sewing with knits, sewing with fold over elastic (one the most popular tutorials at Seamster Patterns shows how to apply FOE to this top); in lieu of FOE you can use knit bias tape, as demonstrated here.
Sizes: 2XS-3XL (30″-47″ bust)
Recommended Fabrics: Approximately 50% 4-way stretch medium to light weight knits like cotton, wool, rayon or synthetic blends: jersey, French terry, doubleknits with a high proportion of spandex; there is also an infographic at Seamster Patterns showing different fabrics that can be used for this pattern.
Price: Pay what you want, which means the pattern can be gotten for free or purchased; 50% of proceeds go to charity dedicated to hunger in America.
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WIN FOE TO MAKE THIS PATTERN! Seamster Patterns has fun, patterned fold over elastic to give away to make two camisoles. Tell us about your experiences sewing summery tanks, camisoles or other similar tops. Do you have a favorite pattern? Have you had success with FOE?