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Monday, March 28, 2016

Learning To Sew - Tank Top


Last year I experimented sewing with spandex fabric. Having never sewn anything other than bags and cases, starting my adventure into making clothing with stretchy and form-fitting fabric was probably a stretch of my abilities. Although the shorts I made myself are wearable, they aren't the great quality I was hoping for. So I decided to go back to basics to teach myself how to sew basic clothing before tackling custom fit spandex again.

The first pattern I tried was the Alice Tank Top from The Magic Pattern Book by Amy Barickman. I absolutely love how it turned out! The pattern was easy to follow and even offered alteration options. For example, I decided to add an elastic to the back of the top. Without the elastic, the top would have been a little too boxy for my taste.

I used the adjustable dress form I received as a gift to drape the fabrics I bought from Fabricville for 2$/meter (score!) to help choose which colours I was going to use. I had to use one layer of the dark blue fabric to line the bottom portion of the top to avoid any transparency issues. To do this, I just repeated the same steps to create the bottom outer layer.

The top fits great, and I love the types of fabric I used. Now I have to pick which pattern I'll be trying next... Maybe something for this Summer.

-Stephanie