Color Blocking Hack for P4P Essential Tank

I’ve had a lot of questions about these color blocked tanks I made and thought a quick tutorial was in order!  I used the Patterns for Pirates Essential Tank in this here (because I loooove the fit.) Of course, you can use any pattern your heart desires.  This is a great scrap buster too!

 

 

This hack is SUPER simple, fast to sew, AND it results in a trendy top.  Winning!

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Alright, let’s get to it!  I wanted my first color blocked section to hit between my armpit and bust point so I measured down 2 inches from the armcye and made a line perpendicular to the grain. Boom. Done…. with that part. But it was easy, right?

Next I needed to find a flattering spot on my muffintop to end the next color blocking section. My sweet spot is about 2 inches below my natural waist.  Again, mark your spot and draw a line perpendicular to the grain.  These lines are what worked for me and my body, so do some experimenting and find what works for you!

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Most people would probably get some new pattern paper (freezer paper is what I use) and redraw the new color blocking pieces with seam allowances… but I’m busy lady and frankly don’t have time. Haha. Seriously though. Sooooo I just folded my original pattern at those green lines I made earlier and there’s my new pattern folks!

 

 

Don’t forget to add in a seam allowance when cutting. I only use .25 inch as I don’t intend on cutting any fabric off at the serger.

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The center piece can magically end upside down so be sure to mark the top and bottom! Ask me how I know.

 

 

After doing this origami of sorts with the pattern you now have 3 pieces. Put them in order with right sides facing and clip together.

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Sew or serge (my preferrence) them together.

Tadah! You should have a full bodice piece now and can assemble your pattern as usual!  How easy was this hack?

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