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Union St Tank

One of my favorite t-shirt patterns (in fact, I think it was the first t-shirt pattern I ever used!) is the Union St tee from Hey June. I have made so many of them! They fit me really well and I love the slightly curved hemline. When I found out that Adrianna was planning to release a Union St tank I was super excited!

I was a tester for this pattern and this is my tester version of the tank. Adrianna’s free Durango tank is my go-to knit tank pattern. I love the high crewneck and the slightly cut-in shoulders. My wardrobe has definitely been missing a scoopneck tank, though, and the Union St tank is going to fill that hole nicely. The pattern instructions describe the tank as “fitted through the shoulders and bust and relaxed through the waist and hip. A curved hem sits higher at the side seams and lower and the center front and back.”

Suggested fabrics are light to midweight jersey with at least 75% stretch and good recovery. I used a rayon/spandex jersey that I purchased from Goldie Olding fabrics. It drapes nicely and is really soft. I just love the super bright pink!

I am super familiar with sewing knits but the bands on this pattern are inserted flat into the neckline and armholes instead of in the round. I think I’ve used this technique once before so I was feeling a little nervous about it. I followed the instructions and basted my bands in first to check the fit. I found that on my arm bands I needed to pull them a little more tightly across the top and back of my shoulders but otherwise they went in really nicely. I think that having done it once will give me more confidence for my next time around with this pattern.

I’m definitely planning to make a few more of these tanks as soon as I raid my stash for more suitable knits. I love tanks because they don’t require much fabric at all!

My Union St tank is a size 10 graded to a 12 on the front piece and I cut between the 10/12 at the underarm on the back piece graded to between a 12/14 at the hip. I’ve been noticing all of my tanks feel snug across my back lately and that little bit of extra room helped! I also raised the scoop by 1” in the center front but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t necessary. I’ll probably lower it back down for my next one, or maybe lower it by 1/2″.

The Union St tank is available in sizes 0-30. It fits up to 58″ bust and up to 57″ high hip. It includes a separate piece with a full bust adjustment for all sizes and both neckline options (scoop or v-neck.)

Thanks for reading!

~Teri

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2 thoughts on “Union St Tank

  1. Love your tank, especially the fabric. Also really like Hey June patterns. Did you lengthen the top at all? Finished measurements made me think it might be a bit short. I’m 5’6″. Thank for sharing your adjustments. Pretty sure I will raise the front neckline too. Also, did you use a knit with 75% stretch? Not sure that i have ever used a knit with this much stretch! Bet I have some Mesh that might work. Thanks for your great review!

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    1. Thank you, Chris! I didn’t lengthen the top at all for this one. This jersey definitely has 75% stretch. I think most rayon jerseys are suitable for the pattern. I think you could easily use a cotton/spandex jersey, too, but you may want to go up one size if it doesn’t have 75% stretch.

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