The Saybrook Tank is a plus size knit tank of dreams: stellar bust fit in sizes 12-32 and cup sizes C-H, and no bra peeking out! A knit tank is a wardrobe staple that you reach for over and over again, and we’ve designed the Saybrook to be easy to quick and sew up—even for beginners.
To help you get inspired to sew your first Saybrook, we’ve rounded up our favorite tank ideas, inspiration, and styling from ready-to-wear fashion. This single pattern can be anything from a super-casual pajama top all the way to a night-on-the-town sparkly extravaganza—keep reading if you don’t believe us yet.
Make sure to also check out our recent Saybrook soiree with Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics for more inspiration. You can get 15% off any fabric in the Stonemountain & Daughter shop (excluding sale items) with code CASHMERETTE15 through Saturday, September 12th. So once you’ve all hopped up on inspiration, head on over to their shop to pick up what you need to make it.
Okie dokey, let’s get to the inspo!
View A of the Saybrook Tank features a high scoop neck with a cute knotted hem detail. Choose a solid rid knit for a tank that goes with anything in your wardrobe.
View B is a cami-style tank with a low scoop neck and a low back, while still keeping your bra fully covered! Make it in a bold hue for a pop of color or in a neutral to layer under other garments.
Crop tops for all! View C of the Saybrook is a cropped tank that looks great with high-waisted pants and skirts. Or wear it with mid- or low-rise bottoms to show a little bit of midriff—fashion should be fun!
Florals are an easy way to add color and prints to your look, while still making sure your Saybrook goes with the rest of your wardrobe.
Yup, you already know that we love a good stripey print for the Saybrook! Keep it neutral or do it up with colorful rainbow stripes.
Knit jerseys come in a huge variety of prints, so there are endless possibilities for how your Saybrook can look. If there’s a fun print in your stash that’s been waiting on the perfect pattern pairing, this is it!
Sew a graphic tank by using fabric panels or by printing your own design onto fabric. The Saybrook is a great blank canvas for wherever your creativity takes you.
Okay, we promised you party-ready Saybrooks, and here they are! Sequins and sparkles and metallics galore. If you’re sewing up a sequined Saybrook, you’ll want to use non-sequined jersey for the arm and neck binding to make sure they have good recovery and will lie flat.
View B of the Saybrook is great for layering under sheer garments. Sew it up in a neutral to showcase the beauty of your outer garment.
To say we love a good hack is an understatement—pattern hacks are just about the best part of sewing. As a wardrobe basic, the Saybrook is a great candidate for hacking. Turn it into a swing top or add a henley neckline. Lengthen it into a dress or add a fun crossback detail. Add color blocking or make the straps into ties or swap out the back for a racerback or change up the hem: there are so many great ideas for how to make the Saybrook Tank your own!
Fall is rapidly approaching here in New England. The Saybrook is great for days that start out chilly and warm up quickly: layer one under a denim jacket, long cardigan, or blazer.
If you’re working or studying from home, the Saybrook is athleisure gold. Sew up a comfy tank to go with your uniform sweatpants, or make a matching pair of Belmont Yoga Pants for a cute workout set.
Swap out your daywear Saybrook for a nighttime one! The Saybrook looks super cute as a night shirt or as part of a sleep set. (We’ve got a tutorial on how to make the Calder Shorts into pajama bottoms here.)
Are you overloaded with Saybrook Tank inspiration yet? Let us know what you’ve got up your sleeve for your first Saybrook by dropping us a note in the comments below. And don’t forget to tag your makes with #SaybrookTank on social media so we can see your cute new tanks!