DIY Camisole Tank Top Sewing Pattern

Camis & tank tops are the perfect intro into garment making. With no sleeves, there are fewer pieces to sew together, which makes for a simpler project for beginner sewists.

This DIY tank top is made out of the same fabric as the shorts from a few weeks ago. It’s a super soft knit that I found at Joann, and works just as well for this comfy tank as it did for those simple shorts!

camisole sewing pattern

I taught myself how to sew last year just from watching YouTube videos and reading sewing blogs. Personally, I love figuring out how to make things from trial and error, and that’s how I came up with this tutorial to sew a tank top.

I’ve always struggled with traditional sewing patterns and learn much better through visual instructions. I’m sure I’m not the only one!

So without further ado, here is my quick & easy guide for a free tank top sewing pattern.

Camisole Sewing Pattern

To draft the pattern size that will work for you, you’re going to want to grab a tank top that fits you well.

Lay your tank top on top of the fabric.

camisole sewing pattern

Cut around around the width of the tank top with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Since this will be a camisole with separate spaghetti straps, only cut as high as where the strap will meet the top of the cami.

free tank top sewing pattern

Fold it in half to trim up the edges and make sure it is symmetrical.

sew tank top

Cut out a rectangle that matches the width of the front piece.

Lay right sides together, and sew along the sides. I use the Singer Fashion Mate sewing machine which works great for sewing basic garments!

tank top sewing patterns

Once the sides are sewn, trim off the extra fabric.

diy camisole

Pin & hem the bottom of the shirt. My go-to hemming strategy is a double fold-over.

sew a tank top

Pin & hem the top of the shirt. I hemmed the top with a double fold-over, but if you take the time to hem it with bias tape, it will look a little more professional!

Sometimes I just get lazy 😉 

tank top sewing pattern free

For the straps, make bias tape out of the original fabric, and sew along the open sides. The length will depend on the size of your shirt & where you want the fabric to hit, so I recommend making the straps longer than you think you’ll need them.

You can pin them on the shirt, try it on, and adjust their placement as needed.

diy tank top

Once you’re confident in the strap placement, sew them in place. I recommend sewing back and forth over each strap location at least one or two times in order for extra security.

tank top sewing pattern

And that’s it, yay! I really enjoy making tank tops like this because they don’t use much fabric, and so the cost of supplies is very low.

I’m loving the soft drape of the knit fabric, too!

camisole sewing pattern
free tank top sewing pattern

Drop me a comment below if you enjoyed this free tank top sewing pattern tutorial!


Camisole Sewing Pattern Supplies

P.S.: If you’re looking for more tank top sewing patterns, you can check out my Linen Tunic Top sewing pattern that is available as a digital download on Etsy. Every purchase goes towards the cost of running this blog (thank you! <3)

And another fun & easy sewing tutorial is the High Neck Strappy Crop Top Pattern!

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