Bright Coral Silk Tank Top

Simplicity 1614 View B

Simplicity 1614 View B Tank in bright coral silk charmeuse


I cranked out this silk charmeuse tank top yesterday using Simplicity 1614 pattern. It took about 6 1/2 hours start to finish, including pattern cutting time right out of a newly opened envelope. That always means taking several body and pattern measurements, figuring out what size to cut out, and cutting out all the pattern pieces needed from the pattern tissue, as well as sewing something for the first time, so it takes a bit longer.



I’ve been wanting to sew a bright coral orange top to wear to go with my BCBG sandals I bought two years ago for a long time! My first attempt at making a cool top was a failure, at least a fit failure for me, so I am delighted to finally have a great top to wear with these shoes, plus a whole lot more!


back strap detail


I like the front yoke seam as well as the back strap parts of this pattern. The pattern envelope comes with a few other views as well, and at least one other view is definitely a fun and relatively easy tank top to sew.

I made French seams for the yoke, shoulder, side and center back seams, and made my own 2″ bias binding for the neckline and armholes, but ended up only using the binding for the neckline and just narrow hemming the armholes.

I think this pattern has some creative opportunities as well. I may go back and do some beading, sequin or stud application to the yoke or back strap for some interest and design umph.



Inspiration for this top is abundant. Check out some of the tops and outfits I have pinned on my Pinterest board:

Black silk tank Eileen Fisher

Silk tank top from Eileen Fisher for $188 at Neiman Markus



Joie Silk Tank Top $138

Joie Silk Tank Top $138 found at Saks Fifth Avenue


Next time I make this tank top ( and there will be a next time), I will bring up the neckline as it is a little low, bring up the armholes, and possibly  cut the back on the fold if possible.

Overall, for 1.5 yards of fabric, about 6 hours of my life, I am very happy with my new silk tank top!





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