Spring Wardrobe – No. 2 (Part B) Blue Tank

As I mentioned yesterday, I was intending to use this blue silk like fabric to make a Slouch Top from the book DIY Couture by Rosie Martin but I was about 1/3 yard too short. I still wanted that pop of blue as part of my Spring Wardrobe so I used the fabric to make a basic tank using Simplicity 2593. After this, I just have one more piece to share. Can you believe it? The official start date of Spring has passed but March is not done yet and I'm confident that I'll be all done by the time April rolls around. I'm already incorporating my new pieces into my everyday wardrobe and it's been so much fun!

For this tank I used a few different sewing machine feet: the standard one, 1/4 inch quilting foot and the blind hem foot. I used the 1/4 inch quilting foot to attach the bias binding to the neck and armholes. The guide on the right side really helps keep the seam at 1/4 inch or less. The fabric was really easy to work with and very similar to the fabric I used for this tank.

Above is the back of the tank. Simplicity 2593, View B is a very simple pattern. I used the pattern once before but that time I made View A with the twisted, draped collar. It's a pretty good pattern but I actually think that Simplicity 2599 which I used for my Spring Wardrobe Tank No. 1 is a better fit. The armholes on 2593 are very high which makes it more modest but a little awkward.

Instead of doing the gathers that the pattern calls for, I just made one big pleat in the center. After stitching, I added two little cross stitches over the pleat to hold the pleat together and create a subtle detail on an otherwise very plain top. I also gave the hem a slight curve in the front and back rather than the straight across that the pattern called for.

This tank pairs well with pretty much anything. It's a very basic style that can be dressed up or down. Here I'm wearing it with the same jeans and shoes as yesterday's slouch top and my DIY braided fabric bracelet (tutorial here).

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