Ideal basic vest top pattern
A review of Allie Olson Kila Tank
I have been looking for a pattern for a basic knit vest top to wear as a pyjama top and the Kila tank by Allie Olson Patterns really fit the bill.
The Kila tank has a lovely shape to it and I particularly like the subtle racerback detail. The pattern also uses binding to finish the neckline and armholes, which I thought was a lovely detail and would give a really smart finish.
The pattern specifies that the tank should be sewn using knit fabrics with at least 60% stretch and good recovery. It adds that you should size up if using knit fabric with a lower stretch percentage. I used a basic cotton jersey with a lower stretch percentage so I did size up. I also wanted the tank to be fairly loose fitting anyway as it was intended as sleepwear. So I sized up 4 sizes (From size 0/2 to size 8/10). I’m glad I did as even with this increase in sizing, the fit isn’t very loose. This pattern definitely has a large amount of negative ease built in.
Overall this was an enjoyable and fairly straightforward sew. The only slightly fiddly bit was attaching the knit binding.
It is a great basic vest top and I will definitely be making more. It would work well as a pj top, as a summery vest top or as an activewear top too.