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Added Jun 9, 2008

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Here is our perfect basic knit tank. We are in the middle of a wicked heat wave here in Brooklyn, and these pictures of this lovely tank top make the weather just a wee bit more bearable! So, BurdaStylers, rev up your machines and get cracking on your new summer staple. We gave a few different options for you to choose from in the pattern: “A” is the basic option (shown here), “B” is with a cowl neck, and “C” is a sweet summer dress (see our other finished project linked from this page). Have fun!

Material Notes

cotton knit, preferably an overlock machine



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    Jan 20, 2011, 10.50 PMby Xenia phillip

    Can burda style make a pattern for the pants too i loooove it

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    Aug 23, 2009, 05.34 PMby lottatroublemaker

    This design looks great, not only for the 3 mentioned items, but a vest also comes to mind! Too bad, I just made my own pattern for one, could have saved me the work, LOL… This really looks great for a vest, would just make it a bit shorter and give it a" ribbing" edge at the bottom. What I did for my vest, was to use the same knit fabric (a light sweater thermal knit with a mix-in of some shiny threads that I had lying around, probably close to 100% cotton since a dye-test using food coloring gave color on both types of threads, the shiny took a bit less dye though, giving a cool effect. Since it’s white, I’ll probably dye it soon). I gave the neck- and sleeve openings a folded 1" edging, the bottom got double that. Well, “I’m giving” would be more correct, as I cut it all, but haven’t tossed it together yet (only trials on scrap pieces to see that the fabric would work for edges too etc.). The reason for the delay in the process, is that my new dress form arrived, and I have been busy padding and covering it, quite a job, but now it looks awesome and much more natural! Plus, it’s now properly pinnable, something it wasn’t (it’s a Dritz Sew Simple, got it for $58 on eBay).

    Anyway, thanks for a great pattern! :)

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    Aug 21, 2009, 08.13 AMby labetenoir

    ooh! summer’s on it’s way down here so I’ll be making some of these for sure!

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    Nov 13, 2008, 06.17 AMby korrie42

    I will have to make a bunch of these …

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    Oct 27, 2008, 04.16 PMby quena7

    yes! i want those shorts too!

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    Sep 27, 2008, 05.57 AMby no-remedy

    Ditto, those shorts are awesome!

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    Jul 10, 2008, 10.19 PMby samisue

    This top is great, but does anyone know if there is a pattern for those shorts hanging around? I would love to make them!

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    Jul 8, 2008, 02.42 PMby haydensgramma

    I made this top with a straight sewing machine and it worked just fine. I always double sew seams when it calls for a serger….it works out great!!!!!

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    Jun 13, 2008, 02.48 PMby burdastyle

    Hi staticstasy.

    Perhaps it has been a little while since we had a fresh, free pattern. On the bright side, this pattern is actually 3 patterns in one! That’s a great value, for free.

    At BurdaStyle, we don’t think of ourselves as just a resource for free patterns—we also want to empower our members to use our patterns to develop their own designs, which is why we like to share variations. Now that we have a significant pattern base, we’d also like to expand you all’s knowledge base! But don’t worry, BurdaStyle will always be here as a resource for free patterns and idea sharing.

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    Jun 12, 2008, 04.25 AMby benedikta

    Yes, you can definitely use a zig zag, I would do that, if I wouldn’t have the overlock at work..

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    Jun 12, 2008, 04.07 AMby mmmrphs

    Brilliant timing! I just made a singlet top from another site which I ended up chopping up to recycle- It was revolting! I’ve already started making this – with a bound neckline and armholes. Thankyou! I should have a new, and great fitting, top tomorrow. Please, keep the basics coming!

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    Jun 11, 2008, 05.45 PMby staticstasy

    Umm ok, I don’t want to be mean, and of course what you do is amazing, but I think it has been a while since a real and free pattern… All the free patterns lately have been alterations of other ones I think.. :/

    Anyway.. :) I will be making some of these soon I hope.. :D

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    Jun 11, 2008, 01.40 PMby podge

    I downloaded the pattern last night and then read about the overlock machine and the double needle needed for the hem in order for it to stretch!! I don’t have either, could I just sew the hem using a zig zig stitch?

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    Jun 11, 2008, 11.50 AMby starryjess

    Can’t wait to try this, but wondering how necessary an overlock machine is as I don’t have one! Hopefully I can make it without.

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    Jun 11, 2008, 02.21 AMby doochem

    Oh, good ! I can’t wait to make it too. thank you for your kindness. I will use very well.

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    Jun 10, 2008, 01.21 PMby calicocouture

    I’m in NJ, so I’m feeling in heat wave too. I just downloaded the pattern, I can’t wait to make it!

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    Jun 10, 2008, 05.24 AMby polychromatin

    Yay, a summer-top!

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    Jun 10, 2008, 02.54 AMby peaudane

    Great! I especially like the version with the cowl neck.

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    Jun 9, 2008, 04.46 PMby emilykate

    This is great! Ironically, despite being Down Under and the middle of winter, for me this is the PERFECT pattern to have come out right now… I want to make a vest to wear over work shirts to keep me warm! I had a pattern for one but the armholes of it are all wrong. This one looks better so I will give it a try!

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