Happy Independence Day to all my American readers! British readers, I’m glad we’re friends again.
July 4th (American Independence Day) is one of my favorite holidays to spend with my extended family. This almost never happens any more, and so I usually find myself missing my parents as I plan out whatever red, white, and blue outfit I can come up with for the day. My Mom, especially, always got into July 4th, telling us we had to wear red, white, and blue. And if my Aunt Jane was with us…well, it usually got out of control! Picture temporary tattoos with flags or glitter or both, all kinds of sparkly nail polish, and really whatever weird or embarrassing thing they could come up with. I would roll my eyes and say how ridiculous it all was, but now that I rarely get to be with them on Independence Day, I miss all the craziness. And I still find myself looking for a red, white, and blue outfit come July 4.
For the past few years, I’ve wanted to make my own version of this Alabama Chanin corset tank, so I finally decided now was the time to do it. My friend Mary (also mentioned in this post) gave me some unused white t-shirts, and I cut them up according to the pattern in Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin, and sewed them back together to make my own tank. I’ve made this pattern before and liked it. Rather than hand-sewing the shirt, I chose to use my machine for speed, and instead of beading my tank like they did in my inspiration picture, I used a double strand of red button/craft thread to hand-sew my seam allowances down in a way that I liked.
I also chose to bind the bottom edge.
Before making this, I tried to raise the neckline using the instructions in Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns (also by Natalie Chanin), but I took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up with things just as they had always had been. The low cut is definitely flattering, but it’s a bit too low for my comfort level, so I had to enlist an undershirt for a little extra coverage. I’ll try to raise the neckline again another time.
While sewing this, I was watching a movie with a baseball theme, and pretty soon, all I could see was a baseball-inspired shirt. I guess I could wear it to a game or for the 4th of July!
I kept my knots on the inside, although the shirt is reversible, so I can also flip it inside out, if I want something a little different.
All I needed was some blue jeans and I’m ready for the 4th of July!
Happy Independence Day!!!
P.S.–I may take a little time off this month. I’m not sure what that will look like or how often I will or won’t post, but if it seems quiet over here this month, don’t fret. I’ll get back up to speed in August.