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.

victoria WIP

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.

wiksten 1wiksten 2

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!

jumping 2 serious eucalypt 2

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!!!

dancing eucalypt 2 this guy 2

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!



A Whole Lotta Scoutin’ Going On….

I’ve had Elvis songs rolling through my head all day.  No idea why!

I’ve been such a blog slacker!  I’ve got quite the backlog of sewing and knitting projects to share but getting photos taken always seems like such an epic hassle!  So if Alisha is game, I’ll try and get caught up this week so that I can share a little more frequently.

Now that my apologies are out of the way we can move onto the flavour of the week… the Grainline Studio Scout Woven Tee!  I’ve had the pattern for awhile but didn’t do too much with it until the lovely Wanett of sownbrooklyn announced that she would be hosting a sewalong on kollabora.  Perfect excuse!  As always, my ambitions far outweighed my time!  While I’ve only got two finished versions to show you today, I have a few more versions either done or in progress.  Will share these another day.

So first up is possibly the most boring tee in history.  White!  How earthshattering!  And original, nee?  But white shirts always get a ton of wear in my wardrobe until the dreaded deodorant yellow tinge sends them to the recycling bin.  Anyway, there is always room for white tops and tees in my closet.  I tend to be a little wary of patterns when I see a straight line from armpit to hem (boxy is not a good look on my curves!) so I decided that sticking to fabrics with some drape would be a great plan.  With that in mind, I went searching for a white rayon challis.  You’d think that such a simple fabric would be easy to come across but it took me forever to find some!  Eventually, with fabric in hand, I made the tee as written.  My only teeny modification was to add couple of inches to the length.  A wee warning to those considering this pattern…  the shirt and the sleeves run a bit short.

 white scout full white scout close tall

It’s plain, a bit large and, as feared, boxy!  Nonetheless, it’s light and airy, which is perfect in the hot and humid Toronto summers.  Sadly, disaster struck when I was giving this a final press.  My “rayon” fabric melted!  Methinks there was a touch of polyester in this!  Serves me right.

white scout meltedIf you’ve ever bought fabric at King’s Textiles on Spadina then you know that there is an incredible selection of fabric… all on unlabeled bolts!  Fabric is roughly sorted but if you are ever unsure of what you are dealing with then you’re entirely dependent on the staff and their textile knowledge.  I found this one in their rayon section and suspected that it was really a rayon/poly blend but forgot to set my iron accordingly.  Lesson learned!  Since the shirt was already finished, I roughly (and I do mean roughly!) patched the area but I think it’s safe to say that this version of scout will only make the following appearance…  under a cardigan!  In this case, my wispy cardigan.

white scout full with wispy

Next up was a colour-blocked version.  I used some really lovely voile from The Workroom that I thought might be a disaster on me with this pattern as voile is more floaty than drapey (love the language liberties we tend to take when blogging!).  In the end, I don’t think it’s too bad!  And this fabric is like butter!  A real pleasure to wear.  I again added some length to the shirt and altered the hemline so that it was curved (similar to the Wiksten Tank hem).  I really prefer this hem on such a simple shirt.  I french seamed the colour block joins to keep things tidy.  And…  that’s about it!  Not too much to say on this one!

colour scout close colour scout full

It’s a shirt?  No!  It’s a tent?!?!

colour scout tentI really recommend this pattern for anyone looking to build up their wardrobe staples.  It’s lovely as is and is a great way to highlight a special cut of fabric you may have stashed.  However, it’s also a bit of a blank canvas and many, many fun variations of this can can be found online.  Just check out the sewalong entries if you don’t believe me!  I’ve currently got a split back version of this going (similar to my split-back tank) in a herringbone chambray and another colour blocked version with a half button placket on the back (inspired by the Datura Blouse) and similar to this lovely version.  Will share those another day.

In the meantime, have you given kollabora a try? Enjoying it?

As an aside, this was also one of the patterns I wanted to try out for the Indie Pattern Month. The next Indie pattern I promised to try is the Briar tee from the awesome Megan Nielsen! I’ve got a few versions of this to share next week!

Thanks for stopping by!


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