I’ve been gearing up for Me Made May, assessing what’s in my closet, what needs repairs or alterations and making sure I have plenty of handmade makes to wear for May. What was top on my list were some new tanks. It’s getting really hot here already so I need a lot more light sleeveless options for the spring/summer. May ’til November is really all summer weather here in SW Florida! Looking around for patterns was harder than I thought it would be so I went with one I’ve been meaning to make for awhile, Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank.
I love how easy to wear and simple this pattern was to sew up. And the tips and tutorials on Jen’s Grainline Studio blog made this sew up quickly and beautifully! The two I used were for sewing flat laying bindings and doing a narrow hem. This was really important for getting the neckline to lay flat especially since it’s a bit lower. You can see the interior here– I wore this last week, inside out, for Fashion Revolution Day!
I made my first one in this orange half circle cotton print as my wearable muslin. I went with my sizing on the chart, a size 8, and it’s a bit too big for my taste- though it still looks good. My next version was sized down to the 6. This material was actually a curtain I found at World Market when I was doing my easter shopping. It was the last one left and on sale so I picked it up for just $10! I love the print and I’ve been wanting to add more rust/orange into my color palette- it’s one of my favorite colors!
Another bonus is that I love how it looks with my missoni-esque sheer pants I bought years ago at Forema boutique, which I have the hardest time finding something to wear with. A lovely happy accident!
I’m so happy with this make! I have another ready to show off as soon as I get some good pics and two more that are cut and ready to sew up that I’m making out of my husband’s polo shirts-he just purged his closet. Thanks so much to my photog sis Meg for giving me some more shooting tips over the recent holiday. I think my images are finally starting to really improve! I have a crap camera- It’s a canon powershot that sometimes you can get to zoom- it keeps getting sand from the beach in the lens. :( I’m saving up for a DSLR slowly, just can’t justify it quite yet. We’re saving up to buy a house sometime next year so most of our money is going toward meeting our down payment goal.