Here it is, spring top #2!
This tank is made once again from the Megan Nielsen Ruched Maternity T-shirt pattern, an absolutely fantastic basic maternity tee.
This time I eliminated the sleeves and narrowed the shoulders a bit to make it into a tank top. I could have made the straps a bit thinner, but at least I’m pretty much assured that my bra straps will stay covered up. I don’t mind it at all!
I added a neckline binding, just like with my maternity tshirt, and also did a contrast binding to finish the armholes. Those were about the only alterations I made to the pattern, other than the obvious of adding a pocket.
Also, because the white stripe was slightly sheer, I had to add a tab over the shoulder seam. Without it you can totally see the seam and stitching on the inside! I always reinforce the shoulder seams of my knit tops with twill tape, so it really wasn’t very attractive to see the seam. I like the fix though.
The fit is great! Length is perfect and it fits nicely in the bust and across the shoulders. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this tank this summer.
And I must take a moment to gush about the fabric too. This is the navy and white stripe slub jersey from Girl Charlee fabrics. The quality is markedly better than the random poly-cotton knit I used on my first ruched maternity tshirt, which was essentially my muslin. The knit on that top started pilling on the first wear and stretches out a lot more with wear. This jersey holds up so nicely. It’s really soft and doesn’t pill much at all. It’s also really easy to work with — very little rolling at the edges that can make knit such a headache.
I order most of my knit fabrics from Girl Charlee these days. It’s some of the nicest knit that I’ve worked with so far. It’s not THE nicest — that honor would go to the luscious bamboo jersey that I picked up at the Michael Levine online store. That jersey is amazingly soft and drapey, with a little more heft that the Girl Charlee jersey that gives it a wonderful hand. It’s actually the orange that I used for the contrast on this top! But, the Girl Charlee jersey is also about 1/3 the price of that bamboo jersey, and is certainly NOT 1/3 the quality. And I love their prints — I’ve been going a little crazy lately!
(And FYI, I am not sponsored by Girl Charlee. I pay for all my fabric just like everyone else. I’m actually not sponsored by anyone — not that I’d object!).
I think that pretty much sums it up. I really like this tank. I hadn’t been planning to make any more maternity-specific tops since I will only have a few more months to wear them. But this is so comfortable and versatile that I think I might make one more to get me through the hot summer months!
How’s your spring top sewing going?