Welcome to the Pony Tank Sew Along! We will be showing you each step of how to sew this v-neck swing tank. We will be sewing the cropped view since the construction is the same for each view. We hope that this sew along will provide all of the support you need to sew this pattern. In addition to the sew along, we also have community lead sewing support in our Facebook group, or you can email directly for additional support.
Before we begin sewing, here’s what you’ll need for your Pony Tank:
- The Pony Tank or Mini Pony Tank pdf pattern in your correct size.
- Washed and pressed knit fabric. If you’d like more inspiration and links to fabric and notions, check out our Pony fabric post here.
- Optional fabric 1/4 YD (.25 M) of Rib Knit for bands.
- 3/4” (2 cm) Fusible Hem Tape.
- Tricot Fusible or Clear Elastic to stabilize the shoulder seams.
- Tailor’s Chalk or washable fabric marker
TIPS FOR CUTTING
When cutting your fabric and pattern, here are a few important notes to remember:
- Your fabric should be pre-washed the same way you plan to launder your garment.
- Read the information on each pattern piece.
- Grainlines are indicated on the pattern pieces. Place pattern pieces on the grainline, parallel to the selvage or fold.
- If the pattern says “Cut 2,” the pieces are mirror images of each other.
- If the pattern says “Cut on FOLD,” place the pattern edge exactly along the fold of the fabric.
- Clip all notches at 1/4” (0.6 cm) or less.
- Transfer all pattern markings to your fabric with a washable marker or chalk.
CUT LISTS FOR ALL VIEWS
- #1 OR #2 FRONT BODICE – CUT 1 ON FOLD
- #3 BACK BODICE – CUT 1 ON FOLD
- #4 NECKBAND – CUT 1
- #5 ARMBANDS – CUT 2
RIBBING CUT LIST
If your fabric has less than 75% stretch or less than 90% recovery, use rib fabric for the bands (#4 and #5.)
TIPS FOR SEWING KNITS
- You do not need an overlock machine to sew knits; you can use your regular sewing machine. For sewing joined seams, set your machine to a narrow zig zag or a stretch stitch.
- For seams where you will not be utilizing the fabric stretch, you can also use a regular straight stitch.
- If you use an overlock machine, remember the joining seams have a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance, and trim the correct amount.
- When hemming you can use a twin needle, a narrow zig zag stitch, a stretch stitch, or a coverstitch.
- If you find that your fabric stretches while sewing, try a walking foot.
- If you are having trouble keeping your hems flat, you can try fusible hem tape.