Neopolitan Tank with Floral Trim | New Look 6285

Neopolitan Tank with Floral Trim | New Look 6285

I sewed a tank with ice cream colored stripes and vintage floral trim!

New Look 6285 in neutral stripes with vintage floral trim

This neopolitan tank is a redo. I read that size chart for New Look 6285 was waaaayy off when I made the first tank, so I sized down each time. For my second attempt I needed to do a full bust adjustment and I would’ve had the perfect tank.

But I didn’t end up with a perfect tank, due to laziness and cheap fabric. Mostly laziness, because I didn’t do a real FBA. More about that in a minute…

Sewing a yoked tank with vintage floral trim

I decided to use the yoked version of New Look 6285, and use some of my grandmas vintage lace stash to decorate the front. The plan was a line of crochet flowers across the seam. All was good in the world, until this:

Vintage Floral Crochet Trim

Do you see the little hole underneath the two flowers? I think it was from a pin. I used Wonder Clips* after that!  Anyhow, I only had four flowers left so I had to improvise placement.

Vintage floral crochet trim

So I ended up with this asymetrical boob thing. Which is okaaayyyy, but I liked it better before the hole. I didn’t stitch all the way around the flowers, I’m hoping they’ll stick out in a few places after I wash it.  Or is that weird?

Neopolitan Tank with Vintage Floral Trim | New Look 6285

^Sucking in as hard as I can^

While your eyes are burning from the bang-up stripe matching job, let me get back to my botched full bust adjustment. I simply sized up a bit on top and raised the armcye. I didn’t even retrace the pattern, I just laid it down and cut it where I imagined it needed to be cut. In my defense, that method works fairly often!

New Look 6285 with vintage floral trim

You can see drag lines in almost every photo.  The bust really isn’t big enough, and the armcye was a disaster. It was side-boob city. I salvaged that by using elastic lace for the arm openings, and pulling it pretty tightly across the bottom. That was a suggestion I got from a friend via email, and it helped a ton.

New Look 6285

It’ll do, but it’s not my best work. As we improve our sewing skills we get more persnickety about the fit and details of garments. I sort of miss not knowing better, sometimes.

New Look 6285

Are you hyper-critical of your work? Has sewing affected your shopping? I’ve barely made any RTW purchases in the last year because I can see all the mechanical flaws. And fit- I see fit issues that I don’t even know how to correct yet. Feel free to weigh in!

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Dalia

    Hah, just the other day I got an eye roll because I went with a friend to buy some tanktops (I figured I don’t have time for basics) and kept complaining about sloppy seams and shoulder-seam placement. (Why does the bra-strap peek out always?)
    But I figure of people don’t notice these things, they won’t notice my sewing mistakes either.:-P

  2. Meigan

    I have that exact same fabric! I got it at Hancock right before they closed (sniff sniff). I like the Neopolitan description, it is perfect for it! Great save using elastic around the armholes.

  3. Angela

    First off, I really like the flowers and the elastic trim. Buying some of that is still on my to do list. As for fit and all that, I say relax a little. Boobs are always the biggest problem so the FBA really can’t be skipped, but as for other little things, I try not to sweat it too much. Wide shoulders, narrow shoulders, sloping shoulders, sway backs, etc. You can make yourself crazy. Crazy isn’t fun. I want my sewing to be fun and creative and perfection isn’t really my jam. Good enough is still probably better than RTW.
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  4. Pam @Threading My Way

    How special that you’ve used your Grandma’s lace. I think that the more experienced we become, the more critical we are – not a bad thing in my books, as it means we’re continually learning.
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