Welcome, August! We’re one month closer to fall weather, hooray! We’ve had a very rainy summer here in Tucson, so it’s been a little cooler than normal… well if you think the low 90’s are considered cool. I forgot just how drained and lazy I feel during the summer here – I thought I would get a ton of sewing done since we spend all of our time indoors to escape the heat, but lately I’ve only been getting a lot of video game and vegging on the couch time.
But every once in a while I can peel myself off of the couch to make magic with my sewing machine. Today I’m sharing the Aurora Tank from the Colette Patterns Seamwork Magazine June issue. I think I have a new favorite, y’all!
You’re probably thinking the fabric looks awfully familiar. You’re right – I used this fabric to make my Mesa shift dress and I seem to only want to make Seamwork patterns in it. But don’t worry, this is probably the last time you’ll see this fabric because the Aurora Tank used up my scraps!
The yoke can be made with a contrasting fabric, which I’m thinking of doing for Aurora #2. There are gathers at the front straps and a pleat in the center back. If you look really closely, you can see it in my tank. Try not to get a migraine from the craziness of the fabric, though.
The pattern states this is a 2-hour project. I think it took me about 3.5 to 4 hours from cutting to hemming. Of course the bulk of this was made in my Sit and Sew group, so I took a lot of breaks to eat fruit and pastries and catch up with my sewing friends. 🙂
I love the curved hemline as I think it adds some interest and I feel like it sits better on my hips. I also like how there’s decent coverage on top so it could work as a work top with a cardigan. I’m also digging how the yoke does a great job of covering bra straps. No indecency here!
I cut a small on top, grading to a medium from the waist down. I didn’t make any more tweaks and it came out perfectly! I’m so stoked about this, especially after my fitting issues with the Mesa pattern. This calls for a celebratory pose!
I have lots of leftover knit fabric from previous projects, so I’m hoping to get around to making many more of these. The fit is so easy and breezy and I think it would make a super cute dress if you just lengthen the pattern! So many fun possibilities!
There’s not much else to say about this pattern except GO GET IT AND MAKE IT! I’ll leave you with my attempt at a high-fashion supermodel pose.
So tell me, have you made any Seamwork patterns yet? The August issue is out now (swimsuit stuff) but these June patterns are still my favorite!