Dance Racerback Tank for American Girl Dolls

I decided to go ahead and get the Racerback Tank Top pattern from Pixie Faire.DSCN3074

The tank turned out very cute!  However, I think that I will make a couple changes the next time I make one of these. DSCN3079The pattern requires sewing a snap on the shoulder closure (which is needed to get the tank on and off the doll).  I used a little piece of Velcro.  It isn’t as flat and uniform as it would be with a snap, but Velcro is easier to fasten.  The picture above shows the Velcro over the left shoulder.  I may try the snap method in the future, though.
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The tank top encloses on the side, rather than the back to ensure the cute racerback look.  This was no problem and worked quite well.  I just had to try it on the doll first to make sure it would match up.

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Since I do not own a serger and use zig-zag stitches to finish all raw seams, next time I will try making this top with a lining. This would remove messy hems and possibly make it reversible.
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The word DANCE, I printed with a regular printer onto a sheet of dark iron-on transfer paper.  With my scissors I cut out each letter and removed the inside of the D and A with my X-Acto knife.  With a press of the iron, I bonded the letters to the top!

The tank paired with some boy cut shorts made from this Pixie Faire pattern and dance fabric, makes the perfect outfit for dance class!

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