I love combining different fabrics and techniques when I sew, so when I saw that the challenge this month is “Triple Trouble”, celebrating the number 3 in honor of The Monthly Stitch’s birthday, I knew that this lace mixed media tank that I made recently would fit the bill perfectly.
- The tank portion is the Greenwood Tank from Straight Stitch Designs.
- I used my very loved, very hacked version of Jalie 2921 to refine the fit of the Greenwood. The armscyes on that pattern are too large for me, which is a common problem I have with tank top patterns. To fix it, I simply overlaid the two patterns and used the Jalie for the shoulder location and angle as well as the shape and size of the armscye.
- The 3rd pattern I used is the high/low peplum from the Marigold Top. I used this pattern before last year to make this version with a gold linen yoke. I added a CF placket on the peplum to make it look like I had cut the peplum from a button down shirt.
- The peplum uses some voile leftover from my version of Sew House Seven’s Mississippi Ave Dress. I also used the voile to make bias tape to bind the neckline and armholes instead of a knit ribbing.
- The body of the tank is a green knit cut from an old tee. I had always liked the color of this top, but it was too big and had some weird poofery decorating the arms, so I never wore it.
- The sides of the tank incorporate some crochet lace.
- Pattern hacking–adding the CF placket, and combining patterns
- Applique–to sew on the lace
- Refashioning–revitalizing an unworn t-shirt to give it new life
I’ve been living in this tank for the past several weeks. It’s been a great summer top, and all the mixed textures of the fabrics make this feel dressier than a typical minimalist beat-the-heat kind of tank.
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