Pattern: Tessa Twist Sports Bar
Designer: Made for Mermaids
Fabrics: Sports Performance from Clover & Co. Fabrics
Skill level: Beginner
Measurements: Bust: 45″; Waist 39.5″
Size made: Orange
Adjustments: None
Pros: I love this fun tank/crop. The twist adds interest and if you make it from swim material, you can use it as a bikini top.
Cons: The bottom band is a little fiddly, but if you sew slow and pin/clip lots, you should be fine.

The Wrap Up

I was a tester for this one and when I first saw the tested call come up, I jumped at the chance as I loved the twist in the front. 

I ended up doing both the pretest and the full test. My first version I mucked up my cutting by not cutting a mirrored pair, but in the end I didn’t mind having the white on the other side as I thought it added contrast. There were a few tester photos that did a contrasting tank as well.

I made a size Orange which I felt was a good fit for me. My breasts felt supported and like I wasn’t going to fall out, I didn’t have any side ‘boob’ and the back was comfortable. My only note would be that the recommended elastic length for the sports band version was too big for me. I ended up opening up the side and taking out about 4″ of elastic to get a nicer fit for my under bust. 

My final version I also added power mesh in the inner layer which I think worked really well. There are instructions for adding foam cups if you wanted to also.

The construction can a take a little to get your head around, but having the photos to check really help. I think as long as you go slow and check against the pictures regularly, it’s a fairly easy sew.

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