I have a very physical job (lots of bending, stretching, lifting). In the summer tank tops are a must to keep cool, but I could never find any that fit right. I made several Saybrook tanks, customizing them with the higher neck in front (so I can bend over without showing everything!) and the lower neckline in back, lowered the bust curve, and I added about 3" to the length. they fit perfectly, sew up so quickly and easily! And an unexpected bonus-- all my coworkers keep telling me how great they look!
I’ve always struggled to find tank tops that fit and don’t cling in all the wrong places. Enter the Saybrook! A fast sew with a super easy and elegant binding, and it fits! My first one was wearable right off the table (go with the pattern measurements to pick a size, not your bra/dress size). The only adjustment I made to future tanks was to extend the strap very slightly as I found the edge of my strap was visible sometimes (I have sloped shoulders). I hacked it into a dress (using the cashmerette Pembroke pattern) and I’ve been wearing them nonstop all summer.
I'm using the Saybrook Tank with the Fuller Cardigan to make matching Twin Sets! Fun stuff!
I was disappointed in the fit. the armhole was too high in the underarm and the overall fit was to snug. this might be fine for a young woman but I am not and prefer even my tank tops to be figure skimming not figure hugging. I followed the site recommendations for size based on my measurements.
Thank you so much for creating a really nice, well-fitting tank top. No gaping at the armhole (finally!!). I made it in a super stretchy fabric and one less so, both worked but of course the less stretchy fabric got me a tighter fit. Tried both the knot option and the hip length version. I tried the version just straight from the pattern, and it fits wonderfully (though grading between sizes as I'm a 14 at the top and 18-20 at the bottom). It's very very nice to have staple items that actually fit the way they're supposed to.
Next time (yes there will be a next time! Time fo fill my wardrobe for sure!) I'll do my standard changes for sway back and lowering the neckline just an inch or so, but I do that on all patterns so it's easy enough.
Once again, overall, this is just so nice. Did I mention the armholes. I believe I did, but time again: no more showing bra involuntarily and I love it!