It's humid. It's getting hotter (in the 80s F --high 20s/low30s C-- here in Baltimore now.) I need more basic tank tops for the even more sweltering days to come. I was totally inspired to make this 1990s-ish tank top, McCall's 6968, View B. It's from the companies' 2014 spring/summer lineup.
I got this massive box of castaway fabric from a local seamstress friend (yep, I found a few goodies in there Renee!) and found this smaller bit of fabric that screamed "Sew with me. Sew with me now." I found some helpful identifying info about this cotton material right on the selvedge... it's a wax batik from Ghana. It has dragons on it, too! I wish I had enough of it to make a full on dress but it was a stretch to get enough for this little top.
I cut a size 16 bust, graded to an 18 waist and 20 hip. There is a seam right down the center back that is wonderfully helpful for making fitting adjustments. I had to remove about 4" (10 cm) from the back center seam from the waist down... it ended up way bigger then I needed. I lengthened the top at the "lengthen here" line by 1" (2.5 cm) in front, but then just added the 1" (2.5 cm) on the hem for the back. Why? I usually need a swayback adjustment, I thought this would mimic this adjustment where I usually remove a fisheye dart from my back waist. It worked perfectly. Any wrinkling you see on my back is because of wearing the shirt for a while. Plus I think I need to shorten the straps just a smidge to bring the top up a touch.
I had trouble finding a bra where the straps were completely covered by the blue straps. I ended up wearing my least supportive bra that actually makes my bust a little smaller then I intended for this shirt. You really need a bra that has the front straps hit right above the apex of your bust, many bras have the strap slightly to the side, and it needs to be a narrow strap as well.
If you're your nuts, you may notice I have have my buttons on the "wrong" side of my top. I realized I didn't cut my fabric to show one of my dragons properly if I put the buttons on the side you usually expect a womens' shirt to have. But I'll be the only person to ever notice this in normal life.
I haven't sewn with a basic cotton like this in so long... holy geez I forgot how easy it is to work with. But now I feel like I'll be ironing this after washing. Ugh. I need a new iron, too, as my fancy Rowenta one is on it's last leg. I plan to make View C of this pattern, it' the knee length skirt. I want to try View E, the shorts but am nervous it will end up looking like diaper butt.
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