16 Jun Lauren Dahl’s Foxglove Tank
My homemade wardrobe consists mostly of dresses. There are so many amazing patterns out there, but it seems that there’s never enough time to make them. This is a good problem to have, but one that always has me wishing for more hours in the day for selfish sewing.
One item missing from this long list of patterns to sew was a good tank top pattern. That is, until now. Lauren Dahl has released her first women’s pattern called the Foxglove Top. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for and will surely become my summer staple. I was lucky to be a tester for this pattern and I can’t say enough about it.
I first heard about Lauren through her Pattern Workshop that she offers. She teaches people online how to create their own digital patterns using videos, checklists, templates, and diagrams. I haven’t had a chance to take it yet, but I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it. After teaching so many people how to create patterns, Lauren has finally tried her hand at a pattern of her own and I’m glad she did!
Lauren has an eye for detail and was determined to get this pattern perfect. I was so impressed by her interaction with the testers and the amount of time and effort she has put into this top. The finished product is evidence of this. Every step is well thought out and includes a detailed illustration. She also gives instructions for how to customize your top and explains the techniques she uses throughout the pattern.
The Foxglove Top is a racerback tank with a subtle-hi low hem. It can be made out of knit or woven. I chose to make mine out of Liberty of London Lawn. In hindsight, it was probably not the smartest idea to cut into my sacred stash when pattern testing, but luckily it worked out!
I decided to line the bodice with a white Lawn so it wasn’t see-through. I basted the lining and the outside fabric together before I started sewing so I could treat it as one piece. This made it really easy to line the pattern without creating too many extra steps.
Bodice: Liberty of London, Josephine’s Garden in White/Teal
Bodice Lining: Robert Kaufman, Cambridge Lawn, Solid in White
Lauren offers different methods for finishing the seams in this pattern so I chose to make flat felled seams. This is the “clean finish” technique she describes in the instructions. I had never used this method before, but it’s now one of my favorites. The finish looks professional and makes the top more durable.
The Foxglove came together quickly and was really easy to make. The top I made is the first version of this pattern. Lauren has made a number of adjustments since then so I can’t wait to make another one. I think I will definitely make my second one out of knit.
Want your own Foxglove pattern? Indiesew is offering the pattern exclusively on their site until June 29th. This is a new website that curates sewing patterns and resources to encourage garment sewing. In addition to selling the patterns, Indiesew allows people to upload pictures of their own versions of each pattern so you can see what it looks like when it’s finished. Pretty Brilliant.
I would highly recommend this pattern; You won’t be disappointed. Thanks for a great pattern Lauren and for helping expand my summer wardrobe!
Photo Credit: JB Woodruff