Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Yellow Tail Camisole

on July 5 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 56 Comments

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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.

Format: PDF

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.

Customer Examples:

Clare of Sew Dixie Lou

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?

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56 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: Yellow Tail Camisole

  1. Natalie says:

    Adorable tank top and would love to win the foe!

  2. Roxanne says:

    I have a big pile of FOE but I’ve yet to use it for clothing straps!

  3. Margarita says:

    I’ve never sewn a cami before but I love this pattern…

  4. Shannon P says:

    I love the free cami pattern from So Zo’. I like FOE but for straps it stretches out too easily

  5. Jessica w says:

    haven’t sewn an tanks yet, but need to try

  6. Ann Marie says:

    This is such a cute top. I have an old burda boatneck t-shirt pattern that I make a lot.

  7. ruby t says:

    I have just thought about making some tanks as finding some that fit and the colors I like are very hard to find. Then this pops up….just the styling I was looking for. The seams are flattering and add so much to a top. Fabric prints and solids offer so many great options. Thank you for the extended sizes as this is exactly what I need. Fold over elastic is a new one for me..so, no I have not tried it, but I am game for anything. Your tutorials look good and will get us thru the hard parts.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. Miet says:

    I’ve never made a tank top or camisole. I’d love to try it, though.

  9. marjolein says:

    i haven’t tried FOE yet. Should definitely try though…

  10. Carla G says:

    I’ve only made my son a tank top — and it turned out well. But I’ve never used FOE — would love to try though. Thanks for a chance to win!! 🙂

  11. Karen B says:

    I’ve never sewn a top like this. I think it would be fun to try!

  12. Joy says:

    I’ve never tries, something about less fabric is really intimidating for me

  13. Jenny says:

    I have made a pile of Built By Wendy racer back tanks. I love how fast they are to sew up.

  14. Alli says:

    I’ve made the lakeside pajamas, which includes a tank top. That was a lot of bias tape! It would be fun to try fold over elastic instead of the bias tape. :>

  15. Piarve says:

    I’m trying to get into tops, I have spent my sewing years perfecting dresses; but I am working on my skills. I have used Simplicity 5006 to create a tank top, although the pattern is originally lingerie, with a corset top, I just removed the boning, used a one colour pattern and added straps to create a structured tank top. It is always challenging to fit a close fitted top, but with patience it can be done.


  16. krystina says:

    Wow, I haven’t seen this pattern before and I love it! This is going on “the list” for sure! Thanks for highlighting it here.

    I am making the COCO by Tilly right now, and so far it looks fabulous!

  17. Amy Lehman says:

    I’ve never made a top for myself but I’ve made them for my daughter. I made a pattern from her measurments. I call it the Olivia tank. I drafted it on wrapping paper and it’s starting to fall apart from so much use. I would love to stitch something up for myself. I’ve never used FOE

  18. S Carpenter says:

    The detailing on this is super cute! I definately want to try this one. It can be such a pain to find a RTW cami that’s cute and flattering.

  19. Kat H says:

    Crazy though it may sound, I’ve never thought of using FOE for summer tops before! I usually make straps out of the same fabric as the top. FOE sounds so, so much easier!

  20. Dee says:

    I haven’t tried this style of top before. I would prefer wider straps to hide my bra straps. I like the look of it. FOE sounds like a good idea and I would like to give it a go too.

  21. Ali M says:

    I haven’t used it, and I also haven’t made any tanks or camisoles yet – I’ve been looking for a great basic tank, this is too pretty to be a basic tank so I’ll keep looking but I want to make this too!

  22. Jen B says:

    I have never made clothing, I want to though. I have this pattern and want to give it a try.

  23. Mandi says:

    Thick straps – I need thick straps! Tanks I make always have thick straps so I can wear a bra underneath! I haven’t tried using FOE, but would like to try!

  24. Strange says:

    The very first thing I sewed a was a knit camisole with fold over elastic. I had no idea I should be afraid of these stretchy things, so I went in boldly and liked the results so much that sewing with knits and FOE is still one of my favourite sewing activities.
    The thing I’ve found with stretchy things is if you respect them, they behave for you. Also, a walking foot comes in handy.

  25. Marci Girl says:

    I’ve never sewn anything like this, nor really any tank tops or anything sleeveless in years! This would be a great one for learning how to use FOE!

  26. Mary Ann says:

    I have only used foe to make my daughter undies. It is fun to work with!

  27. Kathy says:

    I’ve only sewn camis for my daughter but was afraid to tackle the fitting for myself.

  28. Garilyn says:

    I have a tank cut out for my daughter that I have not taken the time to finish…I really need to! I have used foe on cloth diapers and covers.

  29. Diana says:

    I just sewed a slip with FOE yesterday, to go under this tank dress http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/tank-dress-with-gathered-skirt-032014 . I have a couple of other tanks to sew together this summer, and I’m running low on FOE to use.

  30. Carla k says:

    Neat pattern! I have not used FOE yet.

  31. Elizabeth says:

    I recently made a charmeuse camisole and love it. It was a McCalls pattern. I have yet to master FOE! Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Shannon says:

    I knit a camisole once: sizing was a bit tough. The sewing experience I have with tanks is reattaching elastic straps that get eaten in the wash. If I made one for myself, I’d be sure to use a lingere bag to keep it safe 🙂

  33. Nita says:

    Good morning! This is the first time I’ve ever heard of fold over elastic. I have never tried to sew a camisole or tank, either. A first time for everything!

  34. Marie says:

    Beautiful pattern. Would love to try FOE and sewing a camisole.

  35. Nancy says:

    Love the seam lines! It looks great. I also love the way they fund it. I have a little organizer pattern that I use as a fund raiser for Grandmothers to Grandmothers. Well done!

  36. Jolien says:

    I’ve never made a camisole yet, but I really like the look of this one. It’s still on my “to-make” list… Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. jennifer says:

    i have not had success with foe!! i need better instructions.

  38. Becky says:

    The detailing and fit of this top is really nice. Great for colour blocking. I haven’t made a top like this before, I’m just getting the hang of sewing stretchy fabrics.

  39. Sarah says:

    I have never used FOE before, but I’d like to try.

  40. MelodyJ says:

    I haven’t sewn a cami or tank. I’m looking forward to the experience.

  41. Tasha says:

    I’ve neither sewn a camisole NOR used FOE in a garment sewing project! I’d love to give it a try!

  42. Beth says:

    This top looks adorable! I’ve made clothes for years and love the lightweight fabrics of summer!

  43. Mary Kaye Cole says:

    I’m making a summery pajama top based on the pillowcase dress. I’m pretty much winging it. The fabric is a beautiful silky poppy print.

  44. Ginger says:

    I’ve never tried FOE because it scares me. Would love to give it a try.

  45. Beth B. says:

    I have had terrible luck with FOE before…yet I keep trying it! Maybe I need to read the tutorial 🙂

  46. Mama Lusco says:

    I haven’t made a top like this yet but love FOE for binding. Thanks.

  47. Lindsay H says:

    I’ve never sewed a camisole, and didn’t realize foe had applications outside of cloth diaper sewing! Lol.

  48. Claire says:

    I’ve not made a camisole top for years and am fairly new to sewing knits. It did make a maxi dress the other week, but would love to make something like this.

  49. Gemma says:

    I’m a huge Seamster fan girl but haven’t made the Yellow Tail yet. It’s on the list! Fold over elastic is fun.

  50. Chloë says:

    I love this! Great unusual seams. I have never yet sewn with foe but would love to try! I have also never made a tank for myself!

  51. BJMarley says:

    I’ve never used FOE, but I’m wanting to try it.

  52. Rachel says:

    Living in Florida I live in tank tops for most of the year. I usually combine my love of crocheting and sewing on projects like these and make lace inserts or straps.

  53. Jen says:

    I have not worked with FOR but this pattern looks great.

  54. Laura says:

    I’ve never sewn with FOE. A patterned elastic would be such a unique treat!

  55. Up line Jacket. Wonderful simple design, exceptional detail.it would look wonderful on any age group and compliment any outfit.

  56. This last week, I just made a tank for me for the first time.

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