3/16/10

Abandoned Pattern

Last year I worked up New Look 6483 - version A and was totally disappointed in the outcome.  The neckline was too high and imagined it being totally uncomfortable and marked the pattern with my letter grade of D-, a notation "neckline too high" and date.

Well last week I stopped at one of my favorite fabric spots, Sav-a-thon and had the pleasure of visiting at the right time.  All of their remnant satin was on sale for $1.99/yd, I started to swoon over the assortment of rich and beautiful colors. Majority of the fabrics were in 2-3/yd increments, but found a few pieces that were 1-1/2/yds and immediately knew what the fabrics were destined for ... none other than sleeveless tanks and walked away happy with several yards in 7 different colors.

With my fabrics placed across my chaise, I thought about what tank patterns I had in my stash and began sifting through my patterns.  I became alarmed as I continuously came across tank patterns that called for stretch fabric, so I dug a lil deeper, but in the back of my mind thinking I may have to make a run to W.almart or J.oanns for a tank pattern for wovens.  Just when I was about to give up, lo &  behold what did I find a tank pattern for wovens, but with notations on it.  I took a closer look at the other versions and decided I would give it another try with Version D.
 
The pattern consist of  tank tops with various necklines, and a cap sleeve top with bust darts and loop & button closure

Sizing: 6- 16, I did the size 16 for a 38 bust and although I am a 40, figured the top would have enough ease for a comfortable fit.  The top ended up too big and removed  5/8" from the side seams.

As for the construction, the top was easy to assemble and really like the idea of the facing, which is a first time for me with a tank.  Most of my tanks are knits and basically requires serging and folding to the inside.  However, after completing the top I didn't care too much for the length of the facing which is right at my high bust.  To ensure that the facing would not flip to the right side I did edge stitching.






While the first one was in the wash, I started on another one in black and mainly focused on tweaking the facing and shortening the bust darts. I lengthened the facing for a total of 7" which is sooo much better.   The pattern calls for loop & button closure and seriously think it can be made as a pullover. 


 I wore the teal tank today (the photos make it look turquoise) and noticed that I should've taken in the side seams some more as well as the shoulder seams. However, I thought after machine washing it would shrink some, but I guess not enough.   Also, I must say that this tank is somewhat boxy and for the others I plan on making I will add front darts  & back darts for a fitted look. 


Overall  I really like the simplicity of the garment and its perfect for wearing with my suits, also it is comfortable and a staple for any wardrobe.

Until then.... keep on stitching.

18 comments:

Mary Sarah said...

Your new tank looks great with your suit. I like the idea of having a go to pattern for a tank top. Way to go!

Handmade said...

Good for you! A versatile garment piece - great colour!

Lori said...

Your tank looks fabulous, I am sure you will use this pattern over and over again. Great job.

Sue said...

You look wonderful in your suit - you will get a lot of wear out of those tops!

gwensews said...

You can keep refining that top until you are perfectly happy with it. A good basic.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I think gettting a good woven tank pattern to fit is alot more work than you think! I know it took me several incarnations before I got mine to work and I'm sure that you are on the way to having a TNT tank pattern of your own. Love, love, love the fabric you've chosen and you are looking good!

Andrea said...

Girl, you are working that top. I LOVE it with the suit. You are definitely getting ready for Spring

marysews said...

That teal/turquoise top looks really great on you with that suit.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

This post is crazy b/c I'm on the hunt for the exact same thing - a perfect shell pattern. I have to do the buttonholes on one that I altered, but the shape wasn't perfect, so I'm doing another. This time, I brought the sleeves in slightly. We'll see how this one works. I want a collection in taffeta or satin, too!

Love the turquoise color, especially with your suit.

Carol said...

Is there a colour that doesn't look good on you? This is so pretty. I always lengthen facings on things like this so that they sit under my boobs, rather than acting as a frame around the top. The whole outfit is so stylish, yet simple. You look terrific.

Faye Lewis said...

What a nice pop of color for your suit. Love a great tank so you know I had to immediately scoot over to the New Look drawer to see if I had that pattern in my stash. The tank you made is ideal for several pieces of charmuse that I purchased last summer. I'll make a muslin first. Thanks for the great idea.

NGLaLALa said...

Very nice!

Sheila said...

Thank you.

@Carolyn & Gwensews: you are so right about refining the fit.

So far the changes are: add front & back darts , shorten bust darts, lengthen facing, and raise armhole via taking in shoulder seams.

Hope to work another one this weekend incorporating my changes, which may cause me to take a break from a suit jacket I am working on. Talk about being cross-eyed from lining-up plaids. ;)

alethia said...

Tank tops look great. The color is awesome

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

Regardless the color is beautiful and you wore it well!

Bonne said...

If nothing else, you've found a color that works perfectly for you~jeweltones so suit you!

Lynnelle said...

I am continuously reminded of why you are one of my favourites! I love your style as well as how you recaptured that NL pattern. Very well done!

Jackie said...

Great looking top and beautiful color!