Colorblocking the Tatum Tank

Hello, everyone, I'm so excited to be doing yet another blog post! This time is all about my son! He will be turning 8 this year and I just can't believe it. I decided this year he needs a complete mommy made outfit for his birthday and what better patterns to use than Ellie and Mac!

I choose to make him a Tatum tank and the Kid's High Tide Board shorts. I figured these two patterns work great together and a 7 almost 8 year old would love it. His current obsession is Pokémon and I scored some amazing fabric to use! 

Now for the Tatum tank, I hacked it a bit because I recently discovered that I love to hack! Lol

The first thing I did was add a diagonal colorblock to the front and here is how I did it. The first step was to cut the front piece on the fold as the instructions call for. I know there are different ways to do this but this is the simplest to me. Once I cut it I open the front piece and use my ruler to see where I want to add the diagonal color block and then I cut it. 

I then use the bottom cut half as my pattern piece to cut the colorblock piece also don't forget to add seam allowance to the slanted part of the piece. 

Once your pieces are cut you are set to attach the front pieces together, I like to topstitch my blocking.

I also decided to add a neckband instead of a hood. How do you do that you ask? Well, I will show you!

The first step is to measure your neck opening, try to match the opening so that it lays flat then you times that by 2 and take 80% of that number. So for me, my opening was 6. So the equation will be 6 x 2= 12 then you take 12 x 80%= 9.6. Don't forget to add seam allowance. I add .5 for mines.  As far as width I like my neckband cut at 1.5’’. So my neckband piece is 1.5X10.1. I serge the short ends together and fold in half the long way. Then I find the center and add to the front of the shirt and serger it on. 

I love the way this look and my birthday boy loves his new outfit!

Thank you guys for reading and I hope this helps you.

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