In The Swing Of Things

This week, I’m a little behind the times. I’m finally getting around to making a Colette Sorbetto Tank. For those of you who are no stranger to sewing blogs and Pinterest, that’s a pretty beginner project.

I saved the pdf a long while ago and often spend hours going through the Colette blog, I’m possibly the only sewing blogger who doesn’t have her own version of this so I decided it’s time to catch up.

For this 60’s swing style, I went with the periwinkle blue fabric I picked up back at the textile fair (that haul has gone a long way).

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Pdf patterns are intimidating to me and I usual stick to very simple ones if I chose to go that route at all, so that may also explain why I’ve put this off for so long. Puzzling it together ended up being fun.

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I went with size 10, taking note of the instruction warnings of no ease, but since my torso is on the long side, I extended the length a few inches.

Then I set to work putting in the darts and pleat.

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The edges of this top are all finished with bias tape, and I had a fair amount of white tape in my stash from past projects.

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It’s a good feeling when all the notions you need for a project are already in your possession. For one, I don’t have to put on pants and leave my house. However, I was 4″ short of being able to finish my project.

Sort of…

I’d rather get the most out of what I have before spending money or leaving my house (see above) so I often like to MacGyver situations like this. I had two sizes of bias tape, a thicker one for the neckline and hemline (the one I was low on) and a thinner one I used for the armholes (which I had 6″ excess). Now, I couldn’t just sew these together without the difference in size being painfully obvious.

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So I ironed out my tape and refolded/ pressed it down to match the relative size of my thick one.

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It looked a lot cleaner than this when it was finished… sometimes I don’t understand why I take photos when I do.

I centred the shorted 4″ in the back of the tank and attached it to the top along the bottom hem, filling it with the now re-purposed thinner tape.

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Not perfect, but also not painful to look at.

Wearable and ready.

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In retrospect (ha!) this print may not have been the best choice for this front pleat design. The vertical lines mask it, it’s like a surprise feature. I still think it looks cute.

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Went with mod hair and makeup to make this a whole 60’s thang.

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Now that I’m more comfortable using downloaded patterns, there’s nothing to make me leave my house ever aga-

oh work… right.

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