16 May 2011

Tank Success

I'm very happy that this is going to be a post where I show you a finished product rather than a half-finished disaster. There were several times during this project that I was afraid of where things were going. I've been toying around with the idea of making a tank out of some light paisley fabric I got practically for free at a garage sale a few months ago.
I sort of took a break from being an adult last week while Hubs and I both had a cold (at least in the cleaning department). We cleaned over the weekend, so we caught up to the point where I felt like I could make another huge mess sewing. : ) I traced a tank I already had, but I tried to adjust it a little by making the straps wider, the neckline higher, and the body slightly slimmer.
And I used a pen to trace. Real professional. But if no one is going to see it on the final product I don't see how it matters. I just have to never mess up.
I used a candle holder flipped upside down to make the curve on the neckline. It was within reach and was a pretty good size, so I went with it.
A few tips if you try this:
  1. Don't try to make too many changes to your existing piece - it's hard.
  2. Just eyeballing it is not always the best plan.
  3. Ironing your fabric and tracing/cutting on a flat surface is definitely a good idea because if you don't, your bottom edge might just look like this:
Hahaha! Yeah, not the best first try. I was seriously doubting my skills at this point. Did I mention I've never made clothing without a pattern before? And only a few items with a pattern. I trimmed and moved on. I'm not really sure what the standard is when making a shirt, but I put the front and back together before I hemmed anything. Mostly because I wanted to see if I should even continue - I didn't want to finish all of the edges only to find out it didn't fit.

Does anyone have a better way to finish edges on shirts? I wasn't really sure if this was the best method. I pressed the edge under about 1/4" then again 1/4".
The hem on the bottom was about 2" because it would've been a little to tight around the bottom if I left it longer. Without further ado, here are some shots the finished product!
I talked Hubs into being my photographer since it was dark and mirrors and flash don't get along. You can thank him for directing me to do the next pose. It's ok to laugh. : ) What's worse is this is actually one of the best ones, hah! I guess America's Next Top Model is not in my future.
Sorry it's a little blurry. Here's a closeup. I had a hard time getting one that would show the pattern well.
Yes, this is hanging on our thermostat. Isn't that where you hang your freshly sewed clothes? Thanks for reading! I was so excited with the finished product, especially when I wear it with that cardigan! Really I would've been happy with something that was just wearable, so this surpassed my expectations.

Just realized I forgot to mention what kind of fabric it was! It isn't your standard cotton and I don't think it's knit either. It's soft like a knit but thinner and a little more drapey. So basically I'm saying I don't know exactly what it is, but it's comfy! I'd love to hear what you guys think since this is my first clothing experiment!
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  1. Wow,great job! I think it is awesome that you just went for it.

  2. It looks beautiful with the cardigan! The difference between a woven and a knit is basically the way the yarns are intertwined. (Over and under versus looped around each other.) If it stretches along the straight grain (not diagonally), it's probably a knit. You might want to get a machine with at least a zig-zig stitch to help with your raw edge finishing. :) Can you tell I've been talking to your Mom? Love your blog!

  3. Ingenuity can be your middle name -while crafting!
    Candle holder, old tank top, photographer, garage sale item, etc. Finished product liked & wearable.
    I remember that you have done clothing before and did a good job. I made another swimsuit last week. Wish I had counted how many I've made.
    If you arranged to have The MODEL in all posts I definitely think that would add to your clever items & fantastic writing. Hugs to you and Hubs

  4. Oh holy cow! The only thing cuter than that tank is you modeling it!!! Great job! I don't think I'd even know where to start! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

  5. Wow! you continue to amaze me! :)

  6. Amy Stringer Haile16 May, 2011 17:33

    Love the material even if you hadn't got it at a garage sale for almost nothing and love it more because you got it at a garage sale for practically nothing! It turned out great! Loved the way you wrote about it in your usual entertaining way! Keep 'em coming! I love the name of your blog btw, too!

  7. that is so cute and easy!! you did a great job! thanks for linking up :) come and visit me at madisonavenue2011.blogspot.com :)

  8. Too cute! I love that fabric!


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