Today we’ve reached our third “destination” of the Road Trip Pattern Club! Introducing the Tortola Tank by Carla Hegman Crim of the Scientific Seamstress! Members of the club should already have the email with links to this pattern in their inboxes. Woot!



This easy-breezy tank that sews up so fast, you’ll be out from behind the sewing machine and behind the wheel “cruisin'” in no time. The Tortola Tank is cut on the bias so it has a nice drape and is oh-so flattering. It also has several length and neckline options.


tortola tank 1

I used a striped fabric for one of my tanks (I’ve made 2 and counting…it’s a great staple!) and I love how it turned out because the stripes “chevron” at the side seams. Another cool thing about this pattern is the construction of the facings at the shoulder seams. Facing the neck line and armholes together is efficient and it lays smoothly. I’ve made other woven tanks using a bias strip to finish the neckline and haven’t been thrilled with the end result. There’s nothing worse than a wonky neckline! I wore this tank to a July 4th picnic with denim capris and my red Saltwater sandals. It was the perfect casual, yet put-together, outfit.

Be sure to hop on over to Carla’s website to check out photos of more Tortola Tanks!

This pattern is #3  in a series of 5 coming to you this summer as part of the Road Trip Pattern Club! If you haven’t signed up they and would like to get in on the action, you can learn more about the club here. The first pattern released was my Road Tripper Duffle Bag. The second pattern was Patty Young’s Kimono Wrap. Sign up any time! For $35 you’ll get all 5 patterns as they are released!


Road Trip Pattern Club

The Road Trip Pattern Club is an exciting collaboration between 5 of the top sewing pattern designers in the industry. Join us as we take you on a sewing adventure that runs from late May through August. Every three weeks club members will receive an exclusive brand new PDF sewing pattern delivered directly to your inbox. There are 5 travel inspired patterns in total that include bags, accessories and women’s clothing.


***9/15/14 Update: Club now Closed!***