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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!