I chose the Fancy Tiger Adventure Tank for May’s tee of the month because it was close in design to an ill-fitting ready-to-wear tank I wanted to improve on. I got the pattern a few years ago when I watched the Creativebug class, but I wouldn’t purchase it now as its size range is not inclusive. That’s a real shame, too — I would wholeheartedly recommend this pattern if it had a better size range.
I made a size L graded to XL at the hip. I gave it a 2″ full bust adjustment, shortened the chest and armholes by 1/2″, and shortened the body by 1″. I’ll add that body length back in when I make it again, which I plan to do in a good wicking fabric, as I shortened it just a tad more than I needed. I only meant this version to be a “wearable muslin,” so I didn’t bother hemming it or stitching through the seam allowances on the bands. I keep wearing it, so it must be fine!
I was more impressed with the drafting of this tank than I thought I would be. The markings on the neck and armhole bands were fantastic — some of the best I’ve seen yet. I really enjoyed sewing this pattern and even this low-effort version is far superior to the ready-to-wear tank I meant to copy.
I used leftover fabric from a t-shirt I made a few years ago and had just enough left to squeeze out a matching headband. Considering the pattern was included in my monthly Creativebug membership and I used thread already on hand, this t-shirt only cost me in terms of hourly labor.
I recommend this pattern with the caveat that its size range could be way better.
Current measurements: Upper bust 36.5″, full bust 41″, waist 34.5″, hips 45″, bra size 36DD.
Approximate cost: $0. All supplies were on hand and the pattern was included with a streaming class.
Time spent: This was a lightning-fast project! I spent only two hours from start to finish.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars