Hi, sewing friends! It’s been awhile! I planned to take all of July off from the blog, but had to stretch it a little longer. We had family in town and I had no time to take pictures! I finally rectified that, though, so it’s back to your regularly scheduled sewing posts. 🙂
First up is something I finished back in June. It’s the Eucalypt Woven Tank Top & Dress Sewing Pattern from Megan Nielsen Patterns. I have had this pattern for ages and have been wanting to make it, but haven’t until this summer. I made two different versions of the tank in the same fabric.
According to my measurements, I’m a medium at the bust and a large at the waist and hips, so that’s what I made for my first version. I made it from a polyester crepe de Chine I bought at Hobby Lobby a few years ago that I’ve been saving to use for a wearable muslin. Since the fabric is pretty shifty, I traced my pattern pieces out as full pieces rather than half pieces as printed. Whenever I do this, I layer two pieces of tracing paper on top of each other and tape them together. Then I line up my tracing paper at the cut-on-fold line, and trace the half piece. I cut that out and then unfold my taped together tracing paper into a full pattern piece! Since this was a PDF and I cut the pattern out, I just taped a piece of tracing paper to the pattern piece and cut it out to the same shape. Then I opened it up so I could have a full piece. Check it out:
Version one was a bit tight across the back and the bust and was also a little tight on the front armscye. I decided to go up a size on the bust and make a straight large for my second version since I was having some tightness all around.
Tightness on the armhole front
Version two turned out a lot better! I’m much happier with the fit overall.
So, now, here is my quandary. There are a few fit issues despite how comfortable it is. The shoulder seam line looks like it is too far back.
The side seam also curves as it reaches the top in a way that I’m sure it is not supposed to.
And I have some excess fabric in the back, that makes it look like I need a swayback adjustment.
If I wear the top as is, it is comfortable and provides good undergarment coverage. If I pull the shirt forward so that the shoulder seam sits where it should, the swayback problem disappears, but I have gaping in the armholes that make it look like I need a dart. So, do I just ignore the weirdness and make any future tanks just like version two? Do I do a swayback adjustment to get rid of the excess or add a dart? Do I tinker with it? Do I care enough to do a bunch of stuff? I don’t know. It is really nice to have a quick and easy pattern that you like and can just whip up. What would you do?
Lastly, ever since I finished my 2017 Make Nine, I’ve sort of been floundering around with my sewing. I feel like I have a very short attention span, want to sew all the things, and get tempted by new patterns left and right. I missed that sense of purpose I felt when I made my MakeNine goals, so I decided that since summer is really only half over (we have until the autumnal equinox in September!), I was going to make a summer sewing plan.
I posted it on Instagram and even made a hashtag for it: #2017summersewing. I only chose six garments, and I’ll feel free to slip other little things in if I want to, but these are things I plan to make. So, one down and blogged, five to go! I’ll keep you posted, but feel free to join in with your own projects if you want to! I already feel more focused and creative in my sewing. 🙂
- One of my new Instagram discoveries is @plantsonpink . It is literally pictures of plants in front of pink backgrounds. Why is this so satisfying? Well, I do like plants, pink, and pink and green!
- Speaking of plants, I’m really enjoying going through Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg. He breaks the year into the normal four seasons, but then divides summer down into three (giving you Spring, Early Summer, Midsummer, and Late Summer, as well as Fall and Winter). The recipes in each section highlight various vegetables that are in season at that time. I’ve learned to love vegetables in recent years, so I’m always looking for new and creative ways to use them.
- I was up in Exeter, NH with family on a recent Thursday and happened upon the Exeter Farmer’s Market. It’s amazing! It has a great variety of produce, meat, baked goods, flowers, and so much more. I was really impressed. I definitely recommend it if you are in the area on a Thursday.
- I’ve heard New Zealand is beautiful. It sounds like a great place to visit. And here is one more reason to want to go–the safety video from Air New Zealand!
I totally always get distracted by new patterns, so I should make goals too. I’m not sure about pattern adjustments, but hopefully someone can help. I really didn’t notice the pooling in the back photo until you later pointed it out though, if that makes you feel better. I’ll have to look for that book at the library, it looks great!
I’m glad I’m not the only one who gets distracted by new patterns! I think it’s part of the fun of sewing, but at the same time, getting new patterns all the time means I don’t end up sewing the ones I already have. Thanks for your comment on the back pooling. I may just leave the shirt as is, but I thought I would ask in case someone had an idea since I still have so much to learn in the fitting department. Hope you like the book! Thanks for reading the post and commenting!
I love this top – it looks so very pretty. That material is lovely. As for fitting – I’m no expert, but I’d say the width across the back under the arm is too small. That is pulling the back down and around and creating those two issues that you have. maybe try adding some width to the back piece just under the arm tapering back to nothing.
I love you idea of a summer sewing plan. I seemed to be a bit stumped at the moment. I keep wondering if its worth making any more summer gear at this time of year, but I’m not ready to start of fall sewing yet – so I end up not sewing anything.
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Thanks from the fitting ideas. That makes so much sense. I’ll give it a try. I’m definitely not ready to think about fall, either. If I get a fall idea, I jot it down and then go back to summer sewing. 😏