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All About the Clarke Top

Fabric resources, fitting details, and tutorials to help you build your skills.

Posted in: Patterns • June 30, 2019

Build Your Wardrobe with the Clarke Top

The Clarke top will help you make the most of your fabric stash. It can be sewn in both wovens and knits, and there’s an option to cut on the bias. This bra-friendly tank finishes with an all-in-one facing, and the back seams are perfect for color-blocking and stash-busting. We challenge you to find a fabric you can’t use for this top!

Daryn is wearing a size 16 Clarke top shortened by 1 1/2” with 2” removed from the bust. Her measurements are 42”, 35 1/2”, 46 3/4” and she is 5’8”.

Tutorials to Build Your Skills

With almost all of the fabric possibilities at your hand, the best way to approach sewing the Clarke top is with creativity. Here are some articles from the Seamwork archives to help you think creatively.

Learn How to Customize the Clarke Top

Why do you need a fabric stash? Read this article to learn how to understand and use your fabric stash.

This month we walk you through three pattern hacks for the Clarke top.

Bust your stash with us! See how we made the most of our fabric collections in this month’s Staff Makes.

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Shop for Fabric

Just a reminder that you can make this tank in knits and wovens. If you use a woven, there’s an option to cut on the bias. Look for light and medium-weight wovens such as lightweight denim, lawn, chambray, linen, Swiss dot, Tencel, rayon challis, crepe, and silk.

Or pick light or medium-weight knits, such as jersey, merino, bamboo, and baby rib.

Love the samples in this month’s issue? Here is where we sourced the fabric.

Silk Noil Viscose Linen from

Mojito Striped Denim from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.

Cupro Tencel in Denim from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.

Get the Perfect Fit

Clarke pattern details

Sizes 0 - 16

About the fit

The Clarke tank top is fitted in the bust and loose-fitted through the sweep.

Sizes 18 - 26

About the fit

The Clarke tank top is fitted in the bust and loose-fitted through the sweep.

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