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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I Made A Top!

I whipped this up yesterday evening!  Isn’t it cute?  OK, it’s technically just a muslin to double check the fit of the Wiksten Tank before I make it in my nice fabric.  Yes, those are tractors in the snow you see there!  (Actually, they’re giant tractors in the snow - seriously, they’re almost as big as the house!)  I found this cotton at 50 cents a yard and knew it would work for testing things.
So to double check the fit on the pattern, I cut out the XS tank and sewed up the shoulders and side seams.  I didn’t use French seams like I will on the final version, I just used the serger (and it took less than five minutes to do), then pressed it.  Finally, I trimmed down the seam allowances from the neckline and armholes so I could see where they would hit.  Once I tried it on, I was able to see what needed adjusting for my body.  I’ll be raising the front neck a bit (it scoops down closer to my bra than I’m comfortable with), and I’ll be making this adjustment to the back neck - it gaps out a bit.

I know making a tank top seems silly, but around here they’re useful practically year round.  At this time of year, they’re an obvious choice, but even when the temperatures drop, they’re great for layering under cardigans.  I like the A-line shape of this tank and I think it will look cute with skinny jeans.



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