THE VICTORY TANK IS HERE!
I am thrilled to bring you a new pattern for 2019! I have been working on updates for the first half of the year, and although I will continue to work on updating previously released patterns, it’s going to be new patterns for the second half of the year. It’s been really creatively fulfilling to work on new patterns, and I hope you enjoy the Victory Tank!
As I build my library of patterns I constantly ask myself what pattern would fit into my wardrobe, what do I really want to wear and what would I want to make often. This brought me to develop a basic tank with a few fun strapy details. Tanks and jeans are a staple of my wardrobe, so I hope you find the Victory easliy fits into your wardrobe, with lots of of options by mixing up the views and fabrics!
The Victory Tank pattern will be on SALE through Monday, July 29th. No coupon code needed.
The Victory Tank has a swing shape with two views. View A has a simple scoop front neckline and finishes mid-hip. View B has v-shaped straps on the front neckline and a v-shaped cut out in the back with a cropped length. Both views are fully lined and interchangeable.
VIEW A || Lim – limbksews
VIEW B || Cheryl – chwrylsews
The pattern is listed as ADVANCED BEGINNER sewing level with View A as the more basic and faster sew. View B includes strap details that require a bit of slow sewing to align correctly. The most challenging sewing steps are: sewing darts, aligning the straps and clean finishing the armhole. These steps are not difficult, but they may be a new skill to learn. The pattern is fully lined to give you a clean finish for a professional-looking result. There are detailed, step-by-step illustrated instructions to help you along the way, and if you’d like more help, the Chalk and Notch Patterns Facebook Group is a great place to get support. Many of the testers are members there, so you have great resources if you ever need them.
HOW TO PICK A SIZE
Determine what cup size to make. The cup size is determined by calculating the difference between the high bust and full bust. If the difference between your high bust and full bust is between 0” and 2” (5 cm), use the A/B cup. If the difference is between 2” (5 cm) and 4” (10 cm), use the C/D cup.
It is very common to fall across a few different sizes. After you determine what cup size to make, pick a size that works for your high bust and full bust. If you fall between sizes, size up. The waist and hip measurements will not determine the size of this particular pattern. There is 15” (38 cm) of ease through the waist and the finished length of the tank ends above the full hip.
Use the garment measurement chart to review the intended amount of ease included in the pattern and the length of the pattern from the center front neck to the front hem. This style is designed to have 3.5” (9 cm) of ease through the bust. There is 15” (38 cm) of ease through the waist. The finished length of the tank ends mid-hip (view A) or cropped (view B), both above the full hip.
CUSTOM FITTING ADJUSTMENTS
There are custom fitting adjustments included in the pattern, but I have also put together a post with more details here. During testing, I have addressed a variety of custom fitting questions. I hope you find all of the information you need to fit your Victory Tank! If you need additional help or have questions, please feel free to email me or join the Chalk and Notch Patterns Facebook Group – I’m always happy to hear from you!
FABRIC & NOTIONS
This style is designed for a light to medium weight woven fabric with a nice drape. The shape of your tank will change depending on the fabric you choose. If you want the tank to fall closer to the body, choose a fabric with a nice drape. A fabric with more structure like linen will stand away from your body, accentuating the bell shape of the tank.
Rayon Challis, Rayon Crepe, Rayon Voile, Cotton Lawn, Cotton Voile, Linen, Double Gauze
Lightweight lining is recommended to turn the lined tank more easily. If your main fabric is lightweight, you can use it for the lining.
- Safety Pin or Turning Tool
- Tailor’s Chalk or Washable Fabric Marker
We had a wonderful team of over 60 women who helped make this pattern a reality, more testers than I have ever worked with on a pattern before. I never require styled photos as part of the test, but many sent over photos to share. I know it can be helpful to see a pattern on a variety of people using different fabrics, plus I always love to see how people style the tank differently. Here are just a few of the testers who made this update possible. I’ll be posting a round-up of all of the testers who submitted photos soon.
View A Victory Tanks
View B Victory Tanks
Thanks for checking out the Victory Tank pattern!