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Quick, practical, a tiny bit less plain.

Tank top V. 2: Blue

Ok, I lied. Why clean the house when I can sew?

A second tank top, made out of my lovely robin’s-egg blue knit. I added elastic at the centre bust and along the hips to add ruching; it worked nicely on the bust, not so well on the hips (I think the stitch I used there was a bad choice. Oopsie). I guess I could add more rows of ruching on either side of the seam to intensify it, like vertical shirring. The ruching is formed by sewing a stretched elastic to the back of the fabric; it makes a nice, stretchable gather if you get it even. I haven’t used this technique since I was about 12, and never on a stretchy fabric, so I’m a little out of practice. More than a little.

It’s a little bit looser and a little bit longer in the body than my first tank top, but still fairly comfy. Full time sewing: about an hour and a half. These really are ridiculously easy (and quick) to make—and use hardly any fabric. Even including the price of elastic, and fabric at $8/m (hooray for 60% off clearance!), it can’t be more than $5 for the whole shirt. Even the construction time isn’t that much more than it would take me to run to the mall to buy one.

Tank-top V. 2: back


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Quick, plain, practical

My stylish and sophisticated pattern

This morning I spent a few minutes tracing the outline from my favourite tank-top, and made my first knit tank-top pattern. ┬áThe top is finished with fold-over elastic, which I stretched slightly as I was sewing; I could’ve done a bit more stretching, or at least stretched more

1st tank top

evenly, but it’s decent. For the bottom hem I ironed a wash-away stabilizer into the hem and used a double needle. This is supposed to reduce or prevent tunneling. I haven’t washed the stabilizer out yet, so we’ll see. It seems to me like the tunneling pops up not so much when you’re sewing (depending on the fabric) but when it gets stretched out later. Anyway, it was fast

1st tank back

and simple and can be a wardrobe staple. This is another “unknown fibre” fabric, so I have no idea what the recovery will be like. I’ll let you know in a few days. For future versions I hope to snaz the basic idea up a bit, but I wanted to see if I could do a basic one first. Apparenly I can (even without my serger!)

1st tank---side view


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