It’s my second day of summer holidays, and already I’ve gone on an epic fabric quest roadtrip AND made up three quick garments! Now that I don’t have to teach everyday, I’m not feeling like wearing woven dresses as much… so bring on the comfy knits!
#1: Stripy Tank
Inspired by the awesome Renfrew tank dresses made by Andrea from Four Square Walls and Mela from Pincushion Treats, I decided to give a Renfrew tank top a try. I didn’t have much fabric though, so mine is just a shirt! I’ve been liking the loose a-line shape in the Wiksten/Tiny Pocket tanks that everyone has been making lately, so I thought I’d give that a go too! I’m not sure it’s the *most* flattering shape on me, but it sure is comfy!
As Andrea suggested, I used narrow bands to bind off the neck and arms… but I was a bit stuck on how to do the hem. I haven’t figured out all that stitches on my serger yet, so I did some kind of strange fold-fold-serge-open technique that I adapted off a YouTube video. Wish I remembered what it’s called, but you can see a better example in my second shirt!
#2: Kimono Sleeve Tee
I got this fabric for $3.50/m yesterday in Fabricland, which was a big surprise: Usually their knits are either awful or expensive! For this shirt, I just traced around a RTW shirt, then used the Renfrew pattern piece to cut a scoop neck out in the front. I did that weird fold-fold-stitch-open thing on the hem again, with looser tension in the needle threads which gave it this exposed “ladder” stitch on the outside. I still want to figure out how to do a better seam finish, but this will do for now!
I’ve got one more gift project to sew before the day is out… Back to the sewing room!
**Edited: Yeah, so that gift project… I only had 50cm, so I tried to cut perpendicular to the grain… and 2 seams it, it was clearly doomed to be way to small. Oh well. Lesson learned: Respect the grainlines!**