Punxsutawney Phil may have just predicted 6 more weeks of winter but I’m over here making spring fashion! But before I get into the all the details of my new tank, I have some side questions… what do non-Americans think of Groundhogs Day? Like, parading around a large rodent year over year on February 2nd to see if it sees its shadow is weird, right? And, if it sees its shadow AND bites someone, will it be a particularly harsh 6 weeks? Are there strange holidays like this in other countries? Are other US holidays weird and I’m just too close to it to realize?!
Anyways, my seasonally inappropriate, mint green tank is my first make of 2018 and is patiently hanging in my closet awaiting spring.
Pattern: Hadley Top by Grainline Studio in View B
Fabric: Textured Rayon in Pistachio from Sewing Studio
Modifications: I initially cut the size 4, but after trying it on (before attaching the facings), I realized it was huge! It dipped way too low in the front and had too much room under the arms and around the waist. Also, the bust darts were too low. I ended up taking it up on the shoulder seams by a bunch (maybe an inch or so total) to raise the neckline and bust darts and I took it in under the arm/down the side seams quite a bit too. Because of those changes, I ended up adjusting the facings as well. Also, my facings kept flipping out even when I understitched and tacked them down, so I ended up stitching them down completely.
Thoughts: First of all, this fabric from Sewing Studio is so cool! It’s super soft, has a heavier weight, and drapes really nicely. I also really love the texture – I feel like it adds some visual interest. Make sure to check out all the new fabrics Karleen is adding here.
Unfortunately, sewing this pattern was really frustrating for me. I feel like I struggled hard with getting the fit right and had to make way more modifications than should be necessary for a loose fitting tank. I’m not typically too concerned with modesty, but the neckline on this top out of the package was way too low – even for me! I feel like it’s better now that I took it in at the shoulder seams, but it still doesn’t feel work appropriate. After finishing it and looking at it on my dress form, I didn’t think it would get much wear – I think I was just annoyed with it still! Ha! But now that I’m looking at it in pictures, I actually like it! It will be getting some wear this spring and summer after all… just not at work!
Next Time: I would use the front bodice from View A with the higher neckline and I would probably size down one or two sizes. Also, I would look into doing an all-in-one facing.
Shop the Post: Top: Handmade | Jeans: Gap (similar) | Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (similar, similar) | Bracelet: Flourish Leather Co
Photo Credit: Adrianna of Hey June Handmade – Thanks for snapping some pics for me, Adrianna! 🙂
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Sewing Studio but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.