Free tank top pattern

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I don’t often sew for myself.. but I usually love when I do. This project was no different. I have this purple yoke tank that I love… So I copied it, and added a few changes. And now I’m passing on this free tank top pattern to you! First, I used a light weight cotton (no stretch) and second I made it a bit longer. I think the result is a bit more dressy than the original.
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I would say this is a size small or x-small. But, you can make any size you need with just a few simple changes.

you can find my pattern pieces here 
Google doc should be downloaded to computer before printing or it won’t come out correctly.

Or, you can measure on that fits you well and compare to my yoke to get started. 
1st: create the yoke part. Use mine, or trace the top part of a tank top that fits you well now. I cut two of the same and sewed right sides together. Clip the seam and turn. Top stitch all around, including the unsewn bottom. (this will keep the two pieces together.)
Free tank top pattern
Cut a rectangle for the rest of the front. It should be wider than the yoke (how much will depend on how full you want the gathers. Mine was around 6 inches wider. The length should be how long you want your shirt. Yoke + rectangle = length.
I only gathered the center (see arrows) until the width matched the top.
 Pin and sew right sides together.

 The back was simple. I traced the tank (you can use my pattern, only the top part is included, extend down to the length need. Make the angle slightly slanted out so the bottom is larger than the pattern) You can also use a tank you like for size and tracing) Because the fabric was so thin, I used a rolled hem foot around the arm holes and neck on the back, so easy! You can also make a strip of bias tape from your material and edge the top.
 and… here’s what it looks like on. I think I should have ironed it first! Also, no head… it was just one of those days…ha!

 I would love to see what you come up with! Do you know any other free tank top patterns? I really love sewing for myself and need to find more tank top patterns! Here is a maternity version (no, I’m not pregnant) 
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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} , one equally crazy daughter and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!


  1. Thanks for sharing a nice tutorial. I understand the no head photo I often cut my head off in my pics. My face gets a weird expression as soon as a camera goes off. Your top is great.

  2. This is so cute! Perfect for summer. If you’re looking for another place to share your awesome tutorial, head on over to Etcetorize ( We never have enough sewing projects…hope to see you there!

  3. The tank turned out great. I really need to sew things for myself! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  4. Super cute! I do love a shirt with a yoke

  5. Sunny Vanilla says:

    Awesome job! I’m definitely going to give this a whirl! I’m not sure I can squeeze into a small, but I can play with it. I’m always making stuff for my daughter, so I’d like to try this one for myself. I found you over at Sew Much Ado and now I’m following you along. I love find fellow sewers :-)

    Hope you have a chance to check me out too.

    Take care,

  6. I love a yoked shirt! I’m just starting to learn “how to” sew, this is definitely on my list now to try!

  7. I love the idea of the gathers just in the middle. It’s a really nice pattern.

  8. Very cute top! I would love for you to link this up to “I Made This” at Grits & Giggles!

  9. how would this be in a knit??

    • Taryn Morvillo says:

      Simple answer? It would be great. More accurate answer – it depends on several factors; like what type of knit fabric(cotton jersey, interlock, double knit . . .) you wanted to use, which might need some stabilizing in the shoulder and yoke seams – you can use clear elastic, twill tape, even the selvedges from a tightly woven fabric . . . The beauty of this pattern, to me, is that it is simple and easy to sew yet has shape and detail, requires very little fabric, AND being able to fit over your head without needing any closures! No cursing at zippers (for me) or sewing on buttons, or needing to cut fabric on the bias – looks great, works, but is hardly an economical cut. It also means no swearing at my machine as it gobbles up knit fabric – I’m trying to learn to love sewing with knits on my regular machine, I am sergerless and okay with that for now, but then I find a pattern like this, and a yard of gorgeous sea glass colored linen on the remnant table for $2.99, and the knit goes into the UFO pile until . . . I WANT to like to sew with knits, but I just don’t feel it like I feel when sewing up a crisp lawn sundress for summer . . . tank tops with knits are easy to make patterns for because they stretch and are forgiving in fit, but if you’re like me, the best pattern in the world won’t make it sew itself, and make my machine not eat the stuff, and the seams still come out ripply even with tissue paper and a walking foot and a twin needle… and I can just picture myself trying to pin together the yoke seam and clear elastic and finally using like four layers of steam-a-seam… a lot of work for something I can buy at Walmart for $5. A linen tank with yoke detailing that fits me perfectly at 5’1″ and short-waisted to add injury to insult? Not gonna find that at Walmart for $5. So – if you can get the yoke stabilized in a nice light cotton jersey in less than the 20 tries it would take me, then it WOULD be great! Thanks for the pattern! (Sorry for rambling!)

  10. Thanks a lot for thisssssssss! :)

  11. Hi! I love the look of this tank top and am thinking of making the modifications for the maternity size as I am pregnant with our first child and will be at my biggest over the summer this year. I’ve printed your pattern, but im just wondering-do I need to add seam allowance all the way around each pattern piece, or do i just cut out the fabric as it is on the pattern? Many thanks!

    • you can cut out just as is… should work fine. Measure the pattern pieces and then yourself to double check the size. You can always add a bit at the sides if you need, or take it in too ;o) I would LOVE to see what you end up with! Send me a photo, please ;o)


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