i’m on a sewing for ME kick! my closet has been feeling very stale lately and sewing for me is still a fun challenge, so i’m rolling with it. woo!
the pattern is the ubiquitous wiksten tank. it’s quick, easy, and stylish. this is my second straight up tank (here’s the first one); but i’ve also remixed it a couple times. i made a small because it was already traced, even though my current baby-nursing status causes a bit of tightness/pulling in the chest and i probably should’ve made a medium. oh well. nursing is temporary.
i got a little gaping at the back neck which is a problem i’d personally never had before with this pattern, but seems to be a pretty common one. interesting.
the fabric is pretty awesome, isn’t it? it’s a print from Leah Duncan’s Meadow line called Valley of Azure. while i typically wouldn’t make a top in quilting cotton, i feel like Art Gallery quilting cotton doesn’t really count, you know? it’s so soft and crisp. my sponsor LiMa Sews sent this fabric to me and she has a bunch of Art Gallery fabrics in stock (including voile and KNITS!) so check her out. the pattern calls for 2.5 yards but honestly, you can get away with a lot less – i had no trouble fitting the tank onto 1.75 yards (45″ wide).
oh and check this out – i got a remote control and a tripod (affiliate link) so i can take my own photos now!
NAILED IT. haha. my framing needs practice. but if i’m going to be sewing more for myself, this’ll make the blogging part a lot easier for sure.
one more thing – i did the hem a little differently this time, and i’m really happy with it so i wanted to show you. narrow hems along curves like in the wiksten tank are pretty difficult to get right, and i feel like i burn my fingers a lot and still sometimes have the fold pop open because it doesn’t stay tucked when i sew. but then i saw andrea’s post on narrow hems, and gave the serger method (#1) a try. it worked GREAT! it feels much more stable and even, especially at the side seams that have always given me trouble. will be using that method in the future for sure.
i’ve been thinking a lot about what i actually wear with this latest round of sewing for myself, which means fewer dresses and more practical separates that i can layer. i’ve been following more adult sewing blogs, paying close attention during Me Made May, and gathering fabric and patterns that i’m excited to try. the more successes i have, the more excited i am to keep adding to my handmade wardrobe!
so get ready for a possible onslaught because seriously, my current wardrobe is boooooriiiiing.