That post title could be describing this make or my whole house right now. Did I mention the twins are walking now? How about climbing? How about getting into absolutely freaking EVERYTHING. Something new every day. You know how people talk about battles with raccoons, where each new layer of security buys at most a few days of peace… like that.
Anyway, it’s been harder to sew since they can now climb over the fabric bins I’ve been using to barricade off my sewing room from their play space, especially since their favourite thing to do for a while has been climb around underneath the ironing board. Although today they mostly abandoned that in favour of pulling out the drawers of my sewing desk.
But anyway, enough whining. With a bit of determination (and intermittent help from Tyo) I got a wee bit of sewing done today. I managed to squeak out a Jalie 3245 tank top from a remnant of rayon jersey that has been kicking around driving me nuts for a while.
It’s a piece I got from a deadstock batch at Fabricland several years ago, in that smudgy greenish kind of tie-dye I love so much. I got the last of the bolt, just over 1.5m, I believe, and I figured there would be JUST enough to squeak out a Jalie 3247 maxi dress if I added a back seam. Unfortunately for me, about two years ago Syo was puttering around (and I love that she occasionally WANTS to sew so I can’t be too mad) and cut herself a shirt out of this fabric. Maxi dreams crushed, the remnant has been haunting me ever since.
My size has changed a wee bit since I last made this tank, but this fabric has lots of stretch so I wasn’t too worried about the bust (and no way I was taking time to trace out a new version). I did add some flare to the waist and hip, and at the CB below the waist since I had to add a back seam to fit the pattern on my remnant. I may have actually made it a bit too swingy, if that’s possible.
The last couple of neckbands I have made turned out a little floppy, so I attempted to make the bands for this more snug and went a little too far in the other direction. Fortunately the coverstitch topstitching MOSTLY controlled the attempt of the neckline to gather up, at least for the moment, but we’ll see where we end up. I did better at the topstitching than I have in the past, at least!
There’s not much to say otherwise. I did all the seaming on my serger and the topstitching and hemming on my coverstitch. This is a profoundly unseasonal make since winter here arrived with a bang today, dropping nearly a foot of snow since this morning. BUT, I’m trying to work through the piles of junk cluttering up my sewing room, since I don’t seem to be able to muster the time or energy to tackle the kind of large and cozy projects that would be appropriate for this time of year.
Oh, and I’m wearing it over a Jalie Julia bralette that I cut out ages ago and stuffed in a project bag, and finally pulled out and finished. (See above about working through piles of junk) The straps are the (almost) perfect match for the tank’s racer back. Anyway, I hope your life has a little less chaos in it than mine right now (but hopefully just as much cuteness because whining aside, they’re so much fun at this age), and that your weather is a little nicer than ours!
11 responses to “Chaos Tank”
Cuteness overload for sure! I always love to see and read your posts. I can’t imagine how busy you are these days and truly you’re sewing accomplishments in the midst of all that busy-ness are impressive 🙂 Love your Jalie! I have this pattern but haven’t made it up yet. I wasn’t sure what you meant by adding to centre back for extra flare….I’m glad you’ve had an opportunity to put that fancy new machine to work!
Basically instead of keeping the CB seam straight, I angled the bottom half out to add more width to the bottom of the back pattern piece.
Thank you! It’s what I thought you meant but seemed so daring I wasn’t sure 🙂 Love the result!
And thank you!
I love this tank and I would love to make one for myself! The coverstitching looks amazing! I am very jealous of your new Babylock, but you deserve it, for sure.
It’s a great pattern! (And aww, shucks!)
You look beautiful : )
Enjoy those babies
I’m impressed that you can get anything done with twins, let alone sew! I also have a daughter who raids my stash and spoils plans for fabric. Better than her brother, who cut a pencil case right out of the middle of 2 m yardage.
A jalie tank was a great choice for your limited sewing time.
Oh these photos take me back . My twins are now 27 . They grow up fast , perhaps not fast enough sometimes😉. Your top looks great and so do you .Well done
What a great shirt! I just bought this pattern and am excited to make some new shirts. My twins are 2.5 years old now, so much fun! Thanks for sharing 🙂
The boys are so cut! My twins are 46!
wow does time fly.