The Woven Tank Top Saga – Eucalypt!

So much for bombarding you with cottage makes!  Fail!  But I’ve been busy sewing fun things… to be shared at a later date!  And going to awesome meet-ups with lovely fellow sewcialists (can read all about it here).  But for now, onwards with the Tank Talk.

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When I first got back into sewing last summer, I started with the Wiskten Tank.  Actually, I started with a lot of zippered pouches and Birdie Slings (A LOT!) but I digress.  I’d go to The Workroom and Karyn frequently had on these awesome wiksten tanks!  Jealous!  Wanted my own!  Unfortunately, the paper pattern, while a work of art, was a bit steep so I carried on with small fat quarter projects.  Then Jenny made the patterns available for pdf download and I was off!  It’s a simple pattern with lovely, clean finishes and I made a lot of them folks!  Sadly, the fit was never that great (an argument to that effect could be said about all of my makes but again, I digress!).  This top gaped badly at the back of the neck…  not an attractive look!  A lot of people seemed to have that problem and had some creative ways to solve it.  My method was to close of the gap with a tuck pleat before adding the neck binding and this is a detail that I have really come to enjoy on my tanks.  And the curved hem?!?!  LOVE!  I’ve used this hem in many tops that I’ve made since!  But after grading this top to fit my bust and hips, it looked so boxy and huge on me.  I played around with waist shaping and have made something that is acceptable.  But alas, I think this pattern is not the best for me.

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Next up was the Tiny Pocket Tank from Grainline Studio.  Another simple pattern with very pretty finishes.  In fact, Jen’s method of grading, clipping and understitching her neck and arm bindings is genius and is the standard for me now.  This pattern has some bust darts, which is a better way for me to go.  It was still boxy but it was easier to make a flattering shape at the waist with the better fitting bust.  I’ve already written a post on this tank so I’ll leave you to that should you want to know more.

The most recent attempt in my woven tank saga is the Eucalypt from Megan Nielsen’s Breakwater collection.  I’m not sure what possessed me to buy another tank pattern when I know I can make something that I love by combining the two patterns above but what can I say…  I could not resist this collection!

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This is another winner in my books.  It’s construction is pretty much the same as the last two (minus the bust darts and curved hem).  What I really love on this pattern is the neckline.  It’s the perfect depth for me (feminine without showing way too much of the girls) and I love the narrower straps.  Again, makes a boxy top feel nice and girly!  This one was made from a cotton/silk blend that I grabbed at a Fabricland sale.  The colours in the fabric are a little loud in person so I backed it with black silk/cotton fabric that I had on hand.  It’s also a fairly sheer fabric so I underlined it with the same fabric.

So in conclusion (!)…  I’ve started mixing up the three patterns.  The straps and neck and the Eucalypt, the bodice of the Tiny Pocket Tank and the curved hem of the Wiskten…  for the win!!!

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Christina hamming it up for us all.  Was fun!  One day I will be like her when I grow up and will stop scowling at the camera.  Or sticking out my tongue at it.

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Christina The Ballerina?  Clearly we’re having some good fun but this looks a little like my 3 year old niece at her last photoshoot…  just saying!  Dance-off??  I think so!  Taking bets on the outcome in the comments!


Later Peeps!



Finnley’s Circle Dress

Hello!  I finally managed to snap some pictures tonight so I can share a newish project.  For the first time since we started this blog I have a back log of projects to be shared and need to get more on top of taking pictures.

My little lady Finnley turned 3 last month and I wanted to make her something special to wear on her birthday.  Figured that this was the perfect reason to finally buy the Geranium dress pattern.  This pattern was one of the very first ones that got me excited when I started sewing so I am not sure why it took me so long to finally purchase it.IMG_6271 How adorable is this dress!  For this dress I used Lizzy House pearl bracelets in colour unknown.  I think that it is coral however the actual fabric is really orange so I am not sure.  Regardless of the colour it makes a pretty cute dress.  I choose the cap sleeves and the pleated skirt for my first Geranium, although can’t wait to try that little flutter sleeve on a tunic for fall.

IMG_6255I was putting the finishing details on this dress the morning of Finnley’s birthday.  I really struggled to find buttons for the back.  I could not find orange ones that actually matched the colour of the fabric and I really didn’t want to put white ones on.  Thankfully the morning of I remember that my mother-in-law  had given me a bag of buttons along with a bunch of fabric and there just happened to be these perfect pearly buttons.  I think they ended up being just right!


Not too sure what I could say about this pattern that a million other bloggers have not already said.  It came together quickly, the pattern was super easy to follow, and I can’t wait to make another!

The best part about sewing for Finnley is how excited she gets about everything I make her.  She is a girl through and through and gets very excited about dresses. When she saw this dress she called it her orange circle dress and has requested to wear it on multiple occasions. Definitely a win!

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Now to end some photos of Finnley dancing in her princess dress!  She loves to pretend to be a ballerina and is very excited to be starting dance class next month.




Cottage Cascades

Bitty and I seem to be in a bit of a sewing slump these days.  Also a knitting slump, crafting slump and general life slump!  Thus the blog silence of late.  Fortunately I have very accommodating friends that helped me drag a crap load of sewing supplies up to our cottage vacation in Northern Ontario last week.  Got tons done with pictures of people other than me (YAY!!!!) modelling the finished items.  So brace yourself! Many a blog post coming your way! First up is the lovely Christina wearing the Awesome and Amazing Megan Nielsen Cascade skirt.

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We had one massive photo shoot on our final morning at the cottage.  The plan was originally for me to model my own clothing but the day started with this:

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My Idlewood sweater.

Clearly I was in a happy place!  Totally in the zone…  game for all sorts of photo fun. Ummm….  notsomuch!  So Christina to the rescue!

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I’ve had my eye on the cascade skirt for awhile now but the poor lovely kept getting shoved to the back of the sewing queue… needed the perfect fabric!  Fortunately, I stumbled upon this fabric on the sale floor of King Textiles on the morning of our vacation.  A measly $3 a yard and perfect for the cascade!  It’s some mystery nylon blend that I might normally avoid but I really love it for this skirt!  Doesn’t shrink or wrinkle but cascades beautifully and is just plain fun!

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I made this skirt my first day at the cottage before we had managed to find an ironing board for me to use.  Meant that I had to become fast friends with my rolled hem foot as there is a lot of hem here, folks!  And a traditional rolled hem without an iron?  Don’t think so!  Otherwise nothing to say.  The pattern is easy and quick and the skirt certainly makes a statement.  Can’t put this sucker on without wanting to run, jump and twirl!  It sure does love the wind though so I’m going to have to sew on some pretty ribbon to keep it closed.

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Twirl!!!!  Now if only I was still at the Lui Cottage.

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Peggy, the photographer of the day after attempting to coax a smile out of me… She cheered up considerably after Christina took over!

Thanks for the photos, Peggy!