It's spring, it's spring, it's spring!!! I mean, oh, hey, it's spring or whatever. I can't pretend I'm not excited. It's been a weird winter, and I'm done with it. One of the first signs of the end is the hawks cruising through the valley behind our house, and since I spotted the first one a few days ago I'm calling it. What's the thing that means spring is here for you (besides the calendar)...Read More
I’m an Oregon girl, born and raised. I generally take the seasons in stride, waiting patiently for the sun to peek out when it’s good and ready. This year is a little different. Granted, we didn’t have the relentless winter they had back east, but it still felt long and cold. I am beyond ready for spring. If it won’t come to me, I’m going to try summoning it with my wardrobe. Yes, my toes are a little chilly in my sandals today, but I’m optimistic. Maybe this tank will do the trick.
This started as a simple, unembellished pink tank from Old Navy and a piece of lightweight knit fabric.
Measure the distance you’d like the fabric to overlap onto the front. In my case, that was 1/2”. Multiply that number by 3, then add 1/2”. You’ll also need to measure the arm and neck holes, adding about 3 or 4” to each. In my case, I cut two pieces that were 2 by 24” for the arms and one 2 by 35” for the neck.
Fold one end of a strip about 1/4” to the wrong side, then line up the edge with the arm hole. Stitch away from the edge the distance of your original measurement, 1/2” for me. Be sure to use a stretch or knit stitch so your openings will still stretch. Continue all the way around until you cover the fold where you started. Cut off the excess strip. Repeat for the other arm.
Press the trim away from the tank.
Fold the trim over the edge to the inside of the tank. Make sure it covers the stitching line.
From the front, stitch all the way around close to the fold as shown below.
Repeat the process for the neck.
Doesn’t this top doesn’t look like spring?
Join me again on Wednesday and I’ll show you what else I made from this pretty floral fabric!
T-shirts are like the flour of fashion. They aren’t good for much all by themselves but they’re the foundation of a lot of things that couldn’t exist without them. Once in a while, I look into my closet, wonder how I ended up with so many t-shirts and go shopping for something new. But I always come back to them, and occasionally try to figure out how I can make them better with crayons, paint, bleach or scissors. And I’m not the only one out there.
These T-Shirt Pom Poms from Craftaholics Anonymous are not only cute, but they look like they would be really fun to make.
I’m so glad I found this this tutorial for Dear Lizzy’s Pretty Petals Tee before I bought another one of these flowery tops. I actually wish I had found it before I bought the first one.
I like crafts I can do while I watch television or movies with my family. These T-Shirt Yarn Braided Coasters from Homework would be perfect, and when I’m done, I can set whatever tasty beverage I’m drinking on them.
I love all of the texture and detail on this Anthropologie Pratia Tank Top from Made by Lex.
I’ve wanted to try these Bleach Pen T-Shirts, like these from Show Tell Share, for months now. I’m just waiting for the weather to be nice enough I can do it outside so I don’t knock myself out.
This Empire Cut Blouse from Guaya is cute, but the bit of ribbon and lace she added makes it adorable.
This Long Sleeved Shirt to Short Sleeves from Make It and Love It didn’t just get its sleeves cut off, but added details as well.
All I can say about this reverse applique t-shirt from Sew Simple is wow.
And finally, a pretty Lace Applique Tank Top refashion from Ali Foster Patterns that would be perfect for the lovely summer weather I’m sure is coming our way soon.
Feeling confident after my jacket success last week, I decided to tackle another clothing project. This is one I brought home around the same time, but my fabric choice made me question my sanity as soon as I took it out of the bag.
I bought this top pattern, New Look 6782, and really wanted to make it. After making my patient husband spend an afternoon with me searching the ample knit section in a fabric store that’s just far enough away I don’t go to it often, I had to finish what I started.
I don’t think I’ve ever sewn anything with silk in the list of ingredients. WAY too intimidating. But it was the only print I liked in the entire store, so I decided to expand my horizons. I love the way it feels, but I won’t say it was easy to cut out or sew. It was like trying to hold onto sand. There were many pins used and I actually did some basting.
As far as the pattern, I actually agree with the “easy” label on this one. Had they thrown in the “very,” probably not, but overall this wasn’t too difficult. The hardest part was setting in the sleeves but even that was mainly because of my slippery fabric.
I did have one catastrophe. When I was trying to hem the sleeves, my sewing machine ate one, to the point I had to start taking pieces of the machine off to get it out. Needless to say, it left a hole. Luckily, I was making the version with the three-quarter length sleeves, so when I cut almost an inch off each side to get rid of the mess no one would ever know. If I would keep my mouth shut.
In the end, another win. I really like this and will wear it.
The print and style are different from anything I usually wear, which is always good when spring hits.
I have one more piece of knit and another pattern I bought during my I’m-gonna-make-clothes spree from a few months ago, but I’m afraid to touch it. I might be pushing my luck.