Linen tanks have become a signature piece in my summer wardrobe. I’m convinced I cannot have enough of these simple, versatile, and breathable garments for hot July days. So, this week, I added another one to my closet, the Phoebe Tank in Ash Linen.
This pattern only took 1 yard of fabric and 2 hours of sewing time to finish, another reason I love tank tops! Since I do not have a lot of extra time in the summer to sew clothing for myself, projects like this one feel attainable without adding stress to an already busy schedule. The ash linen was leftover from a few baby clothes I made for friends earlier in the year, and the Phoebe tank was the perfect way to use up this extra yard of linen. It’s a beautiful neutral color.
Sewing the Phoebe tank was super easy and straightforward. I love how the armholes and neckline are finished with a bias binding edge, making the garment feel high end. The tank has a high neckline and a slight A-line silhouette, which I appreciate for its modest feel and comfortability. It looks good tucked into a pair of trousers or untucked for a more relaxed look. I made my normal size 2, but if I were to make it again, I would probably make the next size up. I have wide shoulders and a medium sized bust, so the size 2 feels a little tight around the neckline and bust. This could also be fixed by simply adding a ¼”-½” along the centerfold of the front bodice. I would also drop the armholes by about ½”. Although I love the coverage and how the high armhole hides the arm crease, it’s a bit uncomfortable to wear all day.
If you try out this free pattern, I recommend measuring your bust and armhole to double check your size. With those adjustments in mind, I think this is a wonderful pattern for a quick and easy sewing project that results in a classic garment to wear for years and years.