Athleisure wear is my favorite. I mean, is there anything more comfortable than stretchy pants, a sporty tank, and sneakers? Plus, it always keeps people guessing… like, am I going to workout or am I going to brunch? No one knows.
Anyways, I’ve seen a lot of split back tanks at the climbing gym and yoga lately so, when I saw the San Francisco Swing Top pattern, I figured it would make for a perfect workout (or brunch) shirt.
Pattern: San Francisco Swing Top by Sew Caroline in the Split Top view
Fabric: Mystery knit fabric from my stash… most likely from Colorado Fabrics
Modifications: I think the split back pattern piece has an error since the armscye is curved much deeper than the solid back pattern piece. Unfortunately I didn’t notice that until much later so, after sewing up the sides and trying it on, the armholes were really big. To make up for it, I adjusted the fit by taking it in at the side seams by a couple inches.
Also, since the armscye had a larger circumference than the solid back pattern pieces, the arm band pattern piece was too short. That was an easy fix though and I just cut some new, longer ones.
Thoughts: I really like the split back tank look – especially for workout tops! I love that it can be tied up or left loose and flowy so it’s perfect for yoga, rock climbing, or lounging around eating snacks. 🙂
Next Time: I would use the arm curve from the full back pattern piece so the armscye would be more fitted. Also, I think this top would be great for heated yoga in a fitness type fabric.
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