In full disclosure, I am not much of a Tank Top wearer but when Gabriela designs a pattern, I have to  need to try it! So I went ahead and made a Pony Tank and then a dress version as well. Who knows I might be turning into a tank top wearer after all.

The Pony is a swingy tank top with an A-line shape and a curved hem. As with all Chalk and Notch patterns, it is expertly drafted, and clearly explained.


The recommended fabrics for this pattern are knit fabrics with good stretch and drape such as rayon jersey, modal jersey or bamboo jersey. I used this Poly rayon linen spandex from So Sew English fabrics, it has beautiful drape and good stretch and recovery. I got this fabric last year and ever since I saw the first peek of the Pony Tank knew I had to use this fabric.

This was an earlier version after which the armscye was lowered and the sleeve bands slightly lengthened to get rid of the pulling that you see in my version of the pattern. The length was also increased by about 3″ so the final version is not as short as mine.


In an earlier muslin version I made, I botched up the stripe matching majorly. I love how that tank fits me but the side seams are quite an eye sore, so don’t be like me and make sure your stripes match BEFORE you start cutting into your fabric.


Despite the short length, I love my new Pony Dress with its perfectly matched stripes 🙂 I might have mentioned only about one million times before but Gabriela’s patterns are the most amazing patterns! From the fit of the garment to the design and construction tutorial, every one of her patterns is flawless!


The pattern comes in sizes 0 – 18 and it is layered which means you can select and print only the size you need. It also includes a print shop copy. More details on the pattern and some fantastic Pony tank and dress versions here.

If you subscribed to the newsletter before June 9th (you would have received the coupon code on June 11th), today is the last day to get a copy of your pattern for free using that coupon code in the newsletter. Another option is to buy the pattern while it’s still on sale which ends today! Gabriela is generously offering a free pattern to one lucky reader here so comment below and i’ll pick a random winner to get a free copy of the Pony Tank & Dress!

Happy Sewing!

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