Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Back in the game

It's been a week of lethargy and a severe lack of motivation for anything.  Thanks in large part to my friends for dragging me out of the house, I'm starting to feel normal again.  As part of that, I'm psyching myself back up for Me Made May!  I'm jumping back in.  

I've had this top planned out for about a month now.  Honestly, I've never made anything that went together as smoothly as this did.  It fits perfectly.  I traced a tank top for the pattern, and added the back details to that.  I was nervous that the draping would cause it to fit poorly, but this is really as close to perfect as I could have imagined.  

I tried a new technique while sewing this.  I used 306 inches of bias tape for this, and made more just in case.  I had a bit of trouble with not catching both sides of the tape, but I got better at this as I sewed, so that the arm-neck loop, which I sewed last, had the fewest trouble spots.  I added a bit of trouble for myself by not ironing the bias tape in to place before pinning.  Next time I think I may do that.  But really, bias tape is so cool!  There's no need to include seam allowances even, since the bias tape goes right over where the hem would be!  To think that all my too-short skirts could have been an extra inch longer, had I known of the marvel of bias tape.

The coolest thing about this top is that if you pick any spot on the edge, you can trace it all around the entire garment!  The neck, arm wholes, and the top layer of the body of the shirt are a continuous loop. I am very pleased with this, and might make another someday, once my bias-taping skills have improved even more.  


  1. You mad this top yourself!? Wow! I love it! :) x

  2. Wow! That is such a cool top! I love it :)

  3. WOW! I love it!! It turned out beautifully, and I love that you created this pattern yourself!

  4. Or you could just use a rolled hem presser foot (narrow hemmer)and save yourself the bias making pain XD. Nice job on the top btw.

    1. I've never heard of this type of presser foot before, but I'll have to see if I can find one, because that sounds awesome!