It will be a 96″ x 88″ queen size quilt when complete, with a large center ground and 20″ multi-fabric edgings when bound.
|White linen blend pants, self-made, future blog
Kelly & Kate sandals
This is my first spring woven top fever result! And I love this tank top pattern by Wiksten. I sewed this in a super cute and fresh cotton print that is a 3 yd. Mini Bolt from ACMoore. I was so happy with how well it laundered, the finish is better than I expected (the bolt was shrink-wrapped, no touchy), and it handled very nicely.
The Wiksten pattern is downloadable, and it did not eat up my paper supply! To my surprise and delight, the pattern includes a longer version that would be a darling tunic top for leggings and jeans. Yes, I see it in my future 🙂
There is so much to like about the pattern. First, it is clearly intended to be used by all level sewists. For instance, it has all french seams. Wiksten makes this so easy by marking the pattern for the 1//4″ and 3″8″ seams. For beginner sewists, what a wonderful way to become acquainted with french seams! Second, it does not have darts – but the fit in the bust is amazing. I drew my bustline apex marks on the pattern to verify ease and so on before I cut my fabric. After stitching, I am so pleased. Truth be told, I am not wearing an undergarment in these photos…and the fit is great.
|Navy weavers cloth pants, self-made, future blog|
Just a couple comments on the pattern construction: I looked at a lot of renditions of this pattern online. I noticed that many gals had a very high armscye, a high neckline, and more than one complained of a gaping back neck on the garment. And I am pretty sure I know why. The pattern uses bias facing on the armholes and neckline. I think less-experienced sewists are applying the facing as a binding, not a facing. Simple mistake that makes a huge difference in fit and appearance of the garment. Wish I could reach out to them!
I decided to apply my facing so that it folded to the outside instead of to the inside. For a couple reasons. One, it puts the inevitable little stitching puckers from the topstitching where they cannot be seen. And two, the extra fold adds weight and effect to the tank top, which is otherwise a bit of a sea of fabric!
I like the result.
Last night I was looking at the almost 400 entries in the Spring Top SewAlong hosted by Made-by-Rae…uh oh!! I was overcome by the need to make some quick woven tops. All those examples in the SewAlong, and most of the sewists included comments, the Flickr site is like having a database of reviews right here with me. I have to do it now!
I’ve been looking at these 3 patterns for a while now. Each takes 2 or less yd. of fabric. And they are all downloadable. Guess what my printer did this morning 🙂
|Grainline 3001 Pocket Tank Top|
|Grainline 3002 Scout Woven top|
|Wiksten Tank Top|
Today is day 1 of Me-Made-May’12. It’s early in the morning, rainy, windy, one of those cozy days. I have a fresh pot of coffee, the news is on the TV – this is a sewing day for me, so nice. And I am wearing polka dot shorts and a tee from the pajama line 🙂
Hope yours is a nice day as well – Coco