I took the Everyday Tank Top and Dress pattern from Serger Pepper, with it’s fun pieced side-paneling and excellent fit, and threw on a hood and some sleeves to take it from summer to fall, and beyond. The sleeves I added are pieced to match up with the side panels, and feature fun thumb-holes that my kid thinks are pretty much the coolest.
The hood crosses over in the front, overlapping, so that I didn’t have to worry about drafting a hood that would perfectly match the neckline of the tank. And that’s all I changed. Just sleeves and a hood, and now we have a cold-weather appropriate top, and a super great tank pattern waiting for warmer months.
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I thought I’d show you real fast how I added the pieced sleeves to the Everyday Tank. I was working at night, so the pictures are pretty dark. But hopefully this helps you out. I kept the arm scythes on-pattern, and just drafted sleeves around them.
To draft the sleeves, lay the tank flat. The front and back arm scythes are identical, so you can draft a sleeve that is cut on the fold. Trace out a curve on your pattern paper along the curve of the arm scythe. Extend it down 1/2 inch, or however wide you want your seam allowances. Angle the under arm of the sleeve toward the cuff, and keep the top of the sleeve straight, extending it as long as you want the sleeve. I didn’t add seam allowances to the curve, so I had to remember to cut seam allowances when I cut the fabric. Also note, I drew the line for the two sleeve pieces starting at the point where the two fabrics met in the actual arm scythe.
The top fabric was cut on the fold, and two mirror-images of the bottom piece for each sleeve. Both the top and the bottom have added seam allowances where they were to be sewn together.
Then just sew up the pieces to each other. The top piece that was cut on the fold will be the middle piece after adding the two bottom pieces. Here you can see what little curve there is to the arm scythe. Because the original pattern is a tank, it doesn’t have the regular deep curve that a sleeved top would have. This will change the way the top wears, but for a knit, casual top for a kid, I don’t think it’s a big deal at all.
For the thumb holes, I just added long button holes to the side/top of each sleeve, through both layers of the cuff. Super easy!
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I was given the Serger Pepper Everyday Tank to sew up and play with and then write all about it.