Some people, seeing yet another tank top on my blog, might say that I am in a sewing rut. But I say, no way! It’s just Midwest summer 🙂
Anyway, I’m “bringing home” this outfit that I originally posted over on the Sew the Show blog as my Modern-Family-inspired July Sew the Show outfit.
And yes, it’s just another knit tank top. And yes I love it and wear it all the time.
This particular tank is a mash-up of the Alabama Chanin fitted top (reviewed here) and the free Deer & Doe Plantain Tee (reviewed here). I wanted the general shape through the bust and middle of the Plantain, but I already had the armscyce and straps adjusted on the Alabama Chanin top, so I just combined the two!
It was a very easy mash-up and the result is a really comfortable, wearable summer top. I won’t go on and on about this top since I admit that it’s not something spectacular that merits a ton of words. But as I sew more and more of my own clothes, not everything does.
My only gripe about this top is the fabric. I used a rayon-spandex jersey from Girl Charlee, and like almost all rayon jerseys, it’s not as substantial as I would like. This top already has a few small holes in the front of it where the fabric must have caught on something. I notice this a lot with my RTW t-shirts and tanks and it’s happened with rayon jersey fairly frequently as well. That’s one reason why I love my bamboo/spandex jersey — I rarely have this sort of problem with that fabric.
As I move towards having a fully me-made wardrobe (and believe me, I am getting closer every week), I’m trying to balance these quick, easy, wardrobe-builder projects with the meatier, sink-my-teeth-into-it makes. For example, in between the quick makes I’ve been posting recently, I’m gradually working on a really quality pair of dark wash Ginger Jeans. And this fall I’m planning to tackle a pair of wide-leg Sorell trousers in a luscious navy blue wool crepe that’s been in my stash forever.
It’s nice to have these quick makes in between though. I’m the kind of person who likes to finish things relatively often to keep myself motivated for the next project. Something large like jeans, or nicely-fitted trousers, or a coat, take a long time from start to finished garment if I do all the quality finishes that I want. These in-between projects keep me motivated to go back to my sewing machine for the next step in those big projects.
How do you keep your sewjo up?