There is just something about keeping up with the trend of patterns and fashion styles – I love pattern testing and finding fun but functional patterns that I can consistently use. Striped Swallow Designs  recently tested a Girls version of the Sundown Tank (there is a Ladies version available). The measurements were appropriate and coordinated very well with the fit chart along with the yardage required for each View.

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No photos were provided prior to testing for this particular tank – but I didn’t mind, because I know that all of the Striped Swallow Designs patterns are going to be Boho style, flowy, and gorgeous! While in testing the directions for the pattern were very clear and had actual colored photographs of each individual step along with instructions. Printing can be done in pdf with layers or printshop.

unnamed-3.jpgI used several different types of fabric including Double Brushed Poly with a black floral design from So Sew English without any modifications for View A

For View B without any alterations, I used a Gray (super soft) Rayon Spandex Blend from Vinegar and Honey Fabric Co. from their July BeeBox; and a Floral Double Brushed Poly from Knitpop

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And Another View A which I did modify the length and added fringe – I used a Ribbed Poly Rayon Spandex Blend in Seafoam Green with Gray again from Vinegar and Honey Fabric Co. from their July BeeBox. I added 4 inches to the length of the size 3T. I should mention I did a double fold binding instead of the suggested instructions binding because I wanted a little contrast (see hack below).

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HACK IT HERE: I was browsing through pinterest on different children’s twist tank tops and fringe for some inspiration and BOOM – I found it from Zulily AND I just knew this was a top I had to re-create! I used the Sundown Tank Top Pattern by Striped Swallow Designs

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For this gorgeous hack I added 4 inches to the length (because that was all of the remaining fabric I had left to add to the length) of the original pattern design. I used the 3T size with the open style back (View A). I printed the pattern out based upon the appropriate measurements and added length to the middle of the bodice right under the natural waist of my paper patterns of both the front and back pieces. By adding the 4 inches to both the front and back pattern pieces will ensure that the pattern remains equal in length. So I followed the directions for the remainder of the pattern (and omitted hemming the bottom) and….

I ensured that the edges of the bottom of the top/dress were straight and aligned with the ruler of my cutting mat to ensure my cuts would all be of the same even length.

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Then….I tried it on and LOVED it! I adore fringe and when you find something you love – it just means that much more when you wear it; especially when you make it!

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I also added 8 inches to my original top for a dress length style (size 14 for girls) and created a sleek cover-up for the pool.

Fabric From: Vinegar and Honey Fabric Co. And So Sew English  And Knitpop

Pattern Used: Girl’s Sundown Tank from Striped Swallow Designs —> Grab the girl’s version here; Grab the ladies version here <–On Sale through August 8th 1159pm CST (no code needed) –> Bundle it here

Note: this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you choose to purchase a pattern, a small portion of that gets recycled into my fabric/pattern addiction – this is at no cost to you! All opinions, hacks, and creative styles are my own!

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