Since I decided to channel Scarlet this week and create a top from draperies, I just had to name this pattern appropriately. Meet the “I Don’t Give a Damn” tank.
As cute as this top it, it’s not nearly as cute as my photographers assistant was. “O” insisted on helping her daddy take the photos this morning and the results were a bit blurry. This was actually the only front view I was able to salvage from the shoot.
Last summer, while I was pregnant with “O”, I purchased two tanks from Wal-Mart that had an amazing fit. They were nicely proportioned through the shoulders and chest and widened to a swingy hemline that was great both for pregnancy and then beyond. When I bought them I intended them only for maternity wear, but found myself layering with them all winter. I knew that was the fit I needed for this summer, so I used one of the tops to slip a pattern from. Then of course I had to add a few extra details.
I redrafted the back of the pattern to include a simple yoke with a sheer back panel. I also lengthened and curved the front so that despite my rather round tummy, the front and back would maintain an even hemline. The entire front and yoke were made with a layer of thrifted lace curtain over a piece of vintage cotton that was given to me years ago. The lower back panel is lace only.
I didn’t bother to line the pattern of the lace up in any particular manner because I love randomness, but my husband believes that was a mistake. Looking at the sheer panel, I can see what he means. The piece is just enough “off” to look like an accidental misalignment. The arm holes are also a bit snug and cause the top to pull a bit during wear. It’s not a deal breaker, but I will fix that flaw before I put the pattern away.
This month I have joined a 1 Project Per Week sew-a-long instigated by the talented seamstress over at bernie and I. She has issued a challenge to other bloggers to try and complete one sewing project every week for the entire month of June. This project completes my first week of the sew-a-long and I have already been rummaging through my stash for next weeks inspiration.