Sunday, September 5, 2010

M6036: My first tank! and Self Stitched September

Can you guys believe that I've been sewing for over a year and I just sewed my first top for me last night? I mean, that's kind of crazy, right? I think my reluctance to sew tops has been that I've never had a hard time finding things that fit in RTW, so I was more concerned with sewing those pieces that were difficult for me to find in stores - namely skirts and dresses. I tend to gravitate towards knit tops because they're comfortable and can be easily dressed up or down. Over the summer, I figured it was about time to sew a top or two and have several planned for fall.

In the meantime, I wanted a white tank to wear on our flights to Hawaii, but struck out when I tried to buy one this weekend. I remembered I had a little bit of off white rayon jersey left over from a wrap sweater I made for a friend's mom (oops, still need to blog that!), which I had specifically earmarked for a tank and never got around to sewing. I pulled it out and thought I'd try M6036, the scoopneck tank version. The "crafty" parts of this pattern are sooo not my style, but the basic tank looked good.


I traced the XS and added 1 inch in length. I also sewed it up with slightly larger seam allowances to make it smaller all over, but eventually needed to nip it in a bit more through the waist. I used a twin needle on the neckline, arm and bottom hems to make it look more RTW.

All told, this was easily the simplest and fastest project I've worked on yet - talk about instant gratification! And the best part - I absolutely LOVE the finished tank! It is exactly what I was hoping for and wound up being cheaper than buying one from the store. There isn't anything particularly exciting about the pattern, but it's very similar to my favorite RTW tank top and I'm thrilled to now be able to make my own. I am so pleased with it that I permanently adjusted the pattern pieces through the waist and then whipped up a navy blue version and have a coral one waiting in the wings. While this tank will be perfect for traveling, it's also a great work basic that will look good on its own or layered under a sweater. I feel like I can never have too many basic knit tops. :)

No pictures of it on me yet, though. Why? I'm sure many of you have heard about "Self-Stitched September" hosted by 'So Zo...'. Several sewing bloggers that I follow had talked about participating and I was intrigued by the challenge, but really didn't think I had enough pieces to make it through an entire month wearing at least one garment that I made each day. Instead, I thought I'd do a mini-version while we were on vacation, since my planned dinner outfits all included at least one thing that I've made. I skipped September 1st, but on the 2nd and 3rd wore a dress and skirt that I had made without even thinking about it. I started reconsidering the challenge, added up the pieces I had to work with and realized that I probably had enough to make it through the entire month. :) Franky, I was pretty shocked. Don't get me wrong, it's still going to be a challenge, even just commiting to wearing *one* piece a day. The one gaping hole was not having any tops to work into the rotation, which you can see I sort of solved yesterday.

I think what I'll do is post my outfits up to this point tomorrow, then do one big post recapping the Hawaii days and then group the rest every 5 days or so. That way, it shouldn't be too many outfit posts throughout the month. I'm really excited by the challenge and hope I'm able to make it all work!

11 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

Nice job on your tops. I love sewing knit tops.

KID, MD said...

Yay for instant gratification knit tops!! That is one of my favorite things to sew, even though I can find a reasonable fit in RTW, I have so much fun whipping one out, I almost never buy them.

Vanessa said...

I like the tops you made! I have also heard about the self-stitched September, and the idea sounds like a good one (especially since sept. is national sewing month).

Enjoy your trip!

Aline said...

Can't wait to see these on! Great job!

Winnie said...

Can't wait to see pics of you wearing your various handmade outfits!

Karin said...

Your tank tops look good. Like better quality RTW. I am looking forward to seeing your Self Stitched September outfits.

MushyWear said...

I love this pattern for a tank top. I've made it a couple of times and it fits so well. Yours looks great too! Way to take the plunge on making tops for yourself.

Gail said...

Once you start making your own tshirts you will never buy a store bought one again. Well done.

Handmade said...

Great little top - I feel you sense of satisfaction - I'll be interested to watch you progress to gym wear - cause that's what I'd like to be sewing - just to get a little more length in those tops to cover the bits that should be covered would be great! Happy Holidays Lucky Duck!

Eugenia said...

I always find that when I go out to the shops to buy what I think will be an easy to find basic I can never find what exactly what I want that fits right. That's why it's so good to be able to sew! Your tanks look great and, very important, they are just how you want them to be. You can whip up loads of these - any colour you fancy and in a print would be really nice too.

wan said...

so awesome! i love these tanks and they look easy enough for me to try making one or two.