Threading Lightly

Adventures in amateur sewing

Tank Finished


5 Comments

Wait, is it After Labor Day?

Pattern: Simplicity 4127

IMG_1368It’s pretty bad when your summer projects don’t get finished until the fall.  It’s even worse when they leak into the wintertime as well.  Okay, so I am running a little behind on my projects.  But I wanted to finish this top, since I had already made the muslin (see blog post) and I didn’t want to forget all the knowledge I gained.  Especially since this was the most expensive material I have bought to date.  But of course it’s white, and you know what they say about wearing white…seasonably I mean.  Not the virgin thing.

 

 

This project went very well – I was able to get the straps right and had some soft white cotton that worked great as a lining.  Again, I installed an invisible zipper instead of a regular zipper, which the pattern called for.  My new invisible zipper foot has been serving me well – definitely worth the money.  I also made sure to cut the bottom section 2.5 inches shorter than the pattern, which gave me the length I wanted.  For the straps, I used a textured trim I found at the fabric store.  I wanted a contrast for the waist, so I picked a satin yellow ribbon.  I’m wondering if white would have been a better choice.  After I stitched it together, I realized I still had an issue of the bottom blousing out more than I liked.  I didn’t want the illusion I was Tank1expecting…so I knew I would need to do some adjusting.

I took in the material in two sections around each side seam.  Because of the gathers, my alterations are not too obvious….I don’t think.

Taking in the garment

I’m not too impressed with the way the bow came out – I’m never good at those little decorative things.  The bow on my muslin came out a lot better, probably because my mom helped me out with Continue reading


4 Comments

Just Keep Sewing…

Well it feels like ages since I’ve been in blogworld.  I’ve missed writing, reading other blogs, and discovering new ideas and project inspirations.   So much has been happening the last couple months, but the biggest change was that I moved!  After a brief but necessary time living at my parent’s house, I finally moved into my own apartment.  It is a bit of an adjustment and the unpacking process takes a lot of my time, but I’m starting to feel back to normal again.  And despite everything that has been going on, I have kept up on my sewing…somewhat.

While I’ve been away from the blog, there were a few projects I completed that I didn’t have time to write about.  The first was a top from this retro pattern:

Sailor Pants

I bought this pattern because I have an obsession with those navy-style pants.  Someday I am going to make a pair.  I showed this to my sister and she asked “Ooh!  Can you make me that little sailor top for my birthday?!”  She may have been half-joking, but I accepted the challenge.

Crop Top

 

This pattern calls for something called “braid” for the trim, which I had a hard time figuring out what that was.  After an exhaustive Google search I wondered if it’s even called that any more.  My sister and I went to the fabric store to see what we could use for the the trim on the back flap.  Finally, she picked out some white ribbon so we could make a type of navy design.  I think it actually came out pretty good:

Navy crop top back

 

But, wow!  It is a tiny top.  I won’t post the picture of me wearing this, as it is a bit revealing.  So here is another shot of Madame Booty wearing it:

Navy crop top front Continue reading