There’s something about a quick sewing project that’s really uplifting. My life outside of sewing has been extremely stressful lately, and I find that diving head first into a satisfying sewing project can be a very healing, restorative process. I’m sure you can relate. I whipped up this tank during a day off from work today (a mental health day in the truest form), and I’m quite delighted with the result. I’d say it’s *almost* done at this point, just lacking a little piece of flair.
This top is self-drafted from my bodice sloper, and I used the modifications I had made for my self-drafted maxi dress that I never got around to sewing in real fabric. Essentially I took the sloper and added a racerback, deepened the armholes, and added a deep V-neckline. For the peplum, I simply chopped off the maxi skirt and left the top ~8 inches, adding a slight shirttail hem.
The biggest challenge with this top was figuring out how to finish the neckline and huge armholes without adding too much bulk. I’ve come to the realization that I don’t particularly like finishing edges with bias tape, as I find it to be quite bulky and a little puckery when it comes out of the wash. Maybe I need to start using silk bias tape instead of cotton? Anyway, I decided on a narrow double-fold hem for the armholes and a shallow, topstitched facing for the neckline. The facing was a great choice for getting a crisp point at the center of the V. I think the curves of the racerback were a little too aggressive for the double-fold hem, but it came out better than I was expecting.
The only zipper I had on hand was a regular (not invisible) black zipper, so I used a slot seam insertion in the left side seam. The insertion isn’t the neatest, and the black zipper clearly shows on the outside of the top, but I considered this to be a test version and didn’t worry about it too much. It was pretty liberating actually. A zipper that doesn’t match? A bit of sloppiness at the top of the side seam? Who cares! I have more important things in life to worry about than zippers. 🙂
Now, about the flair…
What do you think of this V-shaped piece of crocheted lace? I found it in a box of sewing-related goodies that John’s mom had given me a while ago, and I thought it would fit perfectly on this top. I hadn’t sewed it down as of taking these photos, but I just topstitched it before writing this post. I think it adds just the right amount of interest and is quite a departure from my usual style, which I think is pretty refreshing. Me, wearing lace?? 🙂 I think the summer brings out a more feminine side of me.
You may recognize the fabric from my Chambray Bird Archer, pictured here in desperate need of some ironing. The main fabric is a Robert Kaufman chambray dot that made the rounds on sewing blogs this past fall, and the bird print is a voile that I think pairs nicely with the chambray. Since I didn’t have enough of either leftover fabric to make the entire top, I chose to make the peplum in a contrast fabric. This was just a test version of my drafting, after all. But you know what? I like it! Especially with the lace applique.
My apologies that I’m not modeling the top myself, but suffice it to say that I’ve been sick for a few weeks now and have been looking (and feeling) pretty miserable. When life calms down and I’m feeling a bit better, I hope to model both this top and my floral Archer. Fingers crossed it will be sooner rather than later. 🙂
I’m so thankful that I have such an enjoyable hobby to get me through stressful times, not to mention the wonderful community of online sewists to keep my spirits up. The weather finally warming up a bit was a big help too. Here’s hoping you’ve all been doing well!