April 7, 2013

NEW TOPS UP...

ESSENTIAL TOPS SAL UPDATE
  64 TOPS COMPLETED AND POSTED

  4 DAYS TO GO
NEW END DATE:  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10TH
...Happy Sunday Everybody!
Don't forget to take a peek at the completed tops page.  New tops are being added everyday!  I was able to finish two simple ones myself.

Several weeks ago I started craving some simple tank top additions after being inspired by another blogger's  use of Simplicity 2599.  I even rushed out to buy some brightly colored drapey fabrics that I thought would work well in making tanks. (blogged about here)  I finally got around to making two of them, but decided to switch patterns. I'd used McCall's 5977  several years ago and felt it would be a better fit for me now.
 Who can't make a simple tank - right???  Well, I certainly can; but felt there was just a little something missing in mine even though it's a really simple design.  I decided to watch Peggy Sagers webcast "All about Tops" and was able to pick up the following simple tips that made my tank top even better than before:
  •  how to adjust the shoulder seam for a better armhole fit
  •  how to adjust center front to eliminate gaping at the neckline
  •  how to insert a tiny self-binding at the neckline that is more like upscale RTW
Maybe these were things I should have already known, but I didn't.  For me sewing is all about continual learning in the quest for better fit.

This tank in the closest thing I could find to Pantone's African Violet spring color.  Not sure if you can see my tiny neck binding, but I really love the fact that it's so small.  Peggy Sagers suggests using a self binding that is no wider than 1", and if I can remember correctly, it does not need to be cut on the bias. My pattern piece for the neck binding was 1 1/2" wide.  Using the smaller width gave me the finished look that I am really pleased with.   She also suggests that the binding begin and end at the left shoulder as does it does in most RTW garments. 

This tank is Army Green, although not a Pantone spring color for this year.  But it's one of   my favorite colors (for some reason).  For this top I did adopt an element from Lula Louise, the rounded baseball style hem.  I just think it's cute.  I used a dinner plate to get my curve edge and it worked out just right.   
 I want to do some more (playing around) with this simple pattern. 
  •  adding a tiny pocket
  •  rotating the bust darts to the bottom hem
  •  adding side slits
Just a few ideas because I do like playing around with pattern design...

12 comments:

  1. I think you are set for summer with all your beautiful tops:)

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  2. Now this simple tank top I can really wear - have virtually just lived in this style these past few months. Love these two you have whipped up - have fun playing around with ideas ... J

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  3. These tops look great! I'm going to have to try the binding on the neck; it looks quite professional.

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  4. Wonderful tops Faye! And this is such an AWESOME sew-along. I'm mad I didn't find out about it until late. But I've got 3 days so I'll try to squeeze out a top or two! Thanks for getting us motivated. You're the best cheerleader (wink)!

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  5. These are lovely additions, Faye...great job!!

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  6. The tops look great! I love the purple one!

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  7. I like your tops! I'm almost done with my top - I'll try to post by tomorrow!

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  8. I finished my tee !!! It went through the wash (all that wonder tape, you know LOL) and needs a press and a pic.
    I ambitiously thought about another one before Wednesday - but seriously ? That wouldn't happen :-)

    I love your tops, the purple is gorgeous !

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  9. Hi Miss Faye. Such a great SAL. Finally I am able to participate. I had THE hardest time trying to send you pics of my top last night...technology UGH. Was wondering if you could just pull it off my blog. I will publish post later on today. Thanks a bunch!

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  10. Great job on the tanks Faye! (And the tip too) I absolutely love those colors and tanks are definitely a staple for your wardrobe!

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  11. I wish I could have joined in, but life here has been a huge circus for the past couple of weeks, and isn't letting up. I love tanks, too, and I like your tip about tinier edging. If I can ever get back to my machines (I still have a velour dress waiting, it's been that long), I think a tank will be an early "must try"!

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  12. I especially like the purple tank. Thank you for extending the deadline. I've got refashioned tops and two full sews to post.

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