Finished projects

An Army of Tanks

Continuing on from posting all of my 2016 makes before the end of the year, I bring you my army of tank(s) [tops]!

So…. this first one I am sharing is actually from 2015 but as I was scrolling through my photos looking for the tanks I made this year, I came across this one and figured it fit well with the theme of this post. 🙂

I bring you… random tank I traced from an existing tank!

img_5384

I went the lazy route and only traced the front of the tank and used the same piece for the back.

img_5394

The original tank was a racer back, but I wanted something I could wear with a normal bra. The straps still slip out, so this has been deemed an “around the house” or “errands-running” top.

img_5388

I used this jersey knit fabric from my stash, which was initially used to create my first T-shirt (also traced) which has since been donated. It’s a little itchy, but it works well enough for this loose-fitting tank top.

img_5391

I made my own binding for the neck and arm holes and made sure I had one stripe color going all the way around. I like the effect. 🙂

I also find curved hems work well for my figure (ahem, dose HIPS!) as documented by my next tank…

My first Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank!

img_8418

So this was made around the time I made my Ginger Jeans (early summer) and I probably should have sized up (made a size 6) as it’s a little tight around the bust and shoulder area…

img_8420-001

Look at that tiny pocket!

img_8422-001

I do have a problem with pooling at the lower back, and although this hem does have a little curve, I needed to do something more to help the tank lay flatter in the back. I ended up cutting a split seam on the sides (no photo taken of that, but stay tuned for an example in my next tank!).

img_8424

Gah, that looks pretty bad! This has only been worn a couple of times. The fabric was a remnant I purchased at Hancock Fabrics (RIP) for pretty cheap. It’s a medium weight… uhh.. chambray? It’s got kind of a denim look and feel to it but it’s kind of poor quality. I only had about a yard of it, so this is all I could really make!

img_8430-001

All in all, it’s not a bad top, I just think it might end up getting donated eventually once I made a sway-back adjustment for my next rendition(s).

I also got this pattern just before Grainline came out with the Willow Tank, which supposedly has a better fit. I do like the lower neckline and the smaller straps of the TPT, though. I swear I WILL MAKE THIS WORK.

img_8469-001

And last but not least is my more successful TPT, the Green Wonder!

img_8622

I sized up for this one (size 8) and it was definitely needed as this one is way more comfortable to wear. It also helps that the fabric has a better drape than the faux-denim/chambray one.

img_8621

I inserted the tiniest split hem but it seems to work wonders! There’s slightly less pooling in the back, although I still think a sway back adjustment needs to be made.

img_8614

I bought this fabric I think back in 2011 at SAS. Silly me, thinking 1 1/2 yards would make a cool button-down shirt. HAHAHA! I’ve learned since and am so happy I was able to use this scrap piece on something totally wearable.

img_8606

I could even get away with wearing this to work as long as I cover up those shoulders with a cardigan. Tank tops aren’t allowed but I’m sneaky like that!

img_8616

I usually have to extend the length in most sewing pattern bodices, but I’m happy to report that for both the Scout Tee and the Tiny Pocket Tank, I haven’t had to tweak the length!

I know the TPT has had its share of complaints about fit, but I think with some minor adjustments, it’s the perfect summer top to get rid of those pesky scraps lying around you just can’t bear to throw away!

-RED

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “An Army of Tanks

    1. I’ve stayed away from wovens for a while because of this, but I need to get through that stash, so now I have to learn how to fit.

      BADUNKADUNKS FOREVZ!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s