Ok seriously!? This pattern has been sitting in my patterns folder on my desktop since one hundred million years ago when Jen was giving them away for free. I have no good reason as to why I just now got around to sewing it up (it was so fast and easy!) but I made sure to put it on my seasonal sewing goals for this summer so it would not go overlooked again.
I chose this very comfy, very cute navy chambray (it has a slight polka dot woven into it). This was actually left over from another project (yet to be blogged) and I knew exactly what I planned to do with them – though lost in my desktop pattern folder, this tank was always hovering in the “things I really need to make” part of my brain.
Over all I am super happy with the fit of the top. I love a boxy fit, and this top provides that while still being snug around the chest. Even more I love that with the thickness of this chambray I can get away with out wearing a bra – which I try to do as much as possible mid-texas-summer (thank you small boobs).
I absolutely love this pattern – I already have a silk in mind for the next make of it. I literally whipped it up in 2 hours, which is my favorite kind of project. And this is the first make of my newly focused “make clothes for everyday” perspective. I have pretty much worn this at least once a week since it was finished. I dont even bother ironing it (as you can see from the pictures). I kind of like the casual rumpled look of the chambray after washing.
My only complaint with this top, and a change I plan to make for the next one is that the armhole is too tight in the underarm – which is a constant problem for me (am I the only one that can’t stand feeling my top in my armpit??). I am also relentlessly bad about pre washing my fabric so this worsened the issue. I will definitely lower the armhole about 1″ for the next make, and may even go back and alter this one.
I went with french seams on the inside, which turned out beautifully and made me wonder why I haven’t been french seaming everything. I even love looking at the top inside out! I also decided to do a contrast pocket with the wrong side of the fabric which turned out to be such a great little detail, might even duplicate that on the silk.
In short, if you haven’t picked up this pattern – DO IT! Jen even has a pattern hack on her blog that involves making it into a dress (how amazingly comfortable do you think THAT is?) Plan on seeing more of these little babies in my future.