Anyway, I got these patterns in January and was waiting to grab some tracing paper. I didn't dare cut up the hand-drawn pattern--yikes! I traced last Tuesday, cut out Wednesday, and finally started sewing Saturday night. It felt good to get back in the swing of things.
|I can't wait until I live somewhere with non-white walls.|
The Wiksten tank. The pattern has pieces for both a tank and a dress.
XS - XL. This is a large with modified seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope when you were done with it?
Yes, I think so!
|Pocket, with marking tools to demonstrate its storing ability.|
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very. Only beginner skills are needed for this pattern, and I think I could've easily completed it last year when I first started sewing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Obviously, all the press! I liked the simplicity too--I can throw this on with shorts in the summer. The versatility is also appealing, in that I can make it with different fabrics for different seasons and never feel like it's too much or overdone. I also really liked the back length, and I think it'll look cute (again) with shorts.
|Yep, that's a 12-pack of Cottonelle behind me.|
Cloud9 Fabrics Nature Walk Moss in Ocean. I bought this last spring and it's been sitting at the bottom of my stash ever since.
Pattern changes or any design alterations you made
I took in the side seams another 1/8" on each side. For busty girls, 1/4" is sometimes all you need for some shape! I also did two rows of stitching on the pocket. One didn't feel sturdy enough.
|Booty and doughy arms|
Would you sew it again?
Yes, it's actually a great stashbuster! I think I may use commercial bias binding in the future, because it just looks neater and it takes less fabric--I could probably squeeze this out of 1.5 yards or so if I didn't have to cut bias binding.
Okay, I get it--I'm a tank convert now.
My biggest problem, it seems, is that I make all these things and never wear them. Then again, I'm at the breaking point with my closet, where it's bursting and I have all these things I never wear. I think this is the worst part about living in a place with seasons (besides icky winter)--I have double the wardrobe due to temperature fluctuations. How do I deal? And please don't tell me to throw more away: I have four shopping bags of donations awaiting a trip to Goodwill!