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The Underwood tank + dress // Sew House Seven

So I’ve been sitting on this pattern for a little while now as I helped to test it a few months ago!

The latest pattern release from Sew House Seven is the epitome of a summer basic. It’s a simple jersey pattern for a sleeveless tank top, mini dress and maxi dress with a slight A line skirt – all wardrobe essentials!

I planned to make the maxi version for my test but I wanted to check the fit over the bust before cutting into my chosen fabric so I ended up making the vest version too!

The Underwood tank is sewing at its most simple. It’s just two pattern pieces (with an optional two extra if you want a different finish on the neck/arm holes) and no darts. There are two options for the neckline – a semi high neck or a lower scoop neck. It can probably be sewn up in less than an hour!

The original finish on the armholes and neckline is to just turn the edge and topstitch. It works really well as long as your fabric has enough stretch! Alternatively, pattern pieces for a bound finish is included if you don’t like the simple option.

I made my tank out of a bamboo jersey and kept it cropped to the high hip. Bamboo jersey works really well for this project as it’s super stretchy and soft. I never took proper photos of it but I’ve worn it loads! Here’s a few pics of it out in the wild…

It’s one of those things that’s perfect for layering so I end up wearing it with everything!

For the maxi version, I used a viscose jersey with a painted brushstroke effect.

The length comes to just above the ankle and there’s a side split in the skirt (not that you can see that in the photo!). I love the scooped back – it’s just enough to keep the bra strap hidden!

I think I need to whip up a bunch of these tanks just to fill out that layering gap in my wardrobe!

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