Monday, April 21, 2014

In search of a perfect tank


Every now and then I am overcome by an urge to participate in a collective sewing challenge. As social as blogging is, I just want to go a step further and get involved in some group project. PatternReview.com is usually my place to go. Dozens of pages of comments on a particular undertaking is just the thing to waste your time on read and draw some inspiration for something you may or may not  make at the end. It’s probably the chatter I miss, especially since I left New York for a somewhat secluded and leisurely Cyprus. 

So, after some inactive months I logged in to patternreview again to discover a Terrific Tanks contest. It started on April 16th, I believe, and will run until the end of the month. The emphasis is on embellishment, rather than elaborate patternmaking. This week I am busy working on my Burdastyle dress, but if some time is left next week I may as well participate. Not knowing whether I will ever need this, I nevertheless went to Pinterest and pulled together loads a few inspiration images of tanks. You can check out my board, or, if you are a Pinterest abstainer, see some of them here. 


Love this back (I want to believe it is back). It is probably a two-layer chiffon, which makes finishing of the neckline and armholes more convenient. And perfect for the hot Cyprus summer!


A-dor-a-ble! A vintage lace doily, little applique, embroidery, and some basic beading! A perfect project for my newly acquired beginner embroidery skills.


A quickie, readers! All you need is a nice piece of graphic lace. The bigger the pattern, the better. I think I got some from the Mood's remnant box. In black?.. Hello stash, I am maybe coming.


simple classic tank in silk satin or crepe-de-chine. Neutral color + maxi skirt = great styling opportunity


Why make it simple, if it can be complicated? Love the twisted shoulder design and the V-neckline. It's a Burdastyle pattern.


I guess you all know where this comes from. A reverse appliqué with same-color layers. Shaping achieved through side seams and center front, and, pretty sure, center back seams. Not a week's project, but worth aspiring, sigh... Actually, no sigh - I love hand sewing, so maybe it will become a daily sofa sewing. Some pretty basket, holding work-in-progress pieces, a vintage needle and embroidery thread etui, embroidery scissors, and off you go running-stitching.

By the way, if I manage to participate, it will be my first me-made tank. Which one is your favorite?




24 comments:

  1. I'm tempted to join, too, though I'm supposed to be making something for the Sew for Victory Sew-along this month and muslining my submission for the Pattern Review Vintage contest coming up. My family just needs to go away for 6 weeks or so! The Pattern Review challenges are fun, though, because a lot of people make nice comments about your work.

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    1. Yes, PR contest commenters are rather friendly and accommodating :) and, I will be following your Vintage contest progress, thanks for updating :)

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  2. My favorite is the graphic lace tank. I'm a sucker for anything white lace, but I love how this is paired with something casual - jeans.

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    1. I like styling as well, especially the brown belt against the lace

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  3. The Alabama Chanin is my favorite, hands down! I adore AC clothing! I have yet to actually elaborately embellish anything, though. I'm still waiting to finally reach my goal weight, to make it worth all that work.
    Seeing that there is a tag in the back of the shirt in the top photo, I'm pretty sure that gorgeous "back" - is actually the front. Yikes! I do believe that would about reach my navel.
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for the challenge :-) I'm certain it will be lovely, and impeccably made.
    ~ Tracy

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! You know, every project is a new challenge for me, so the word 'impeccably' is rather an aspiration than reality :) I like Alabama Chanin tank a lot, and already watched a tutorial on reverse appliqué on Creativebug (it is shorter than the Craftsy class, but I was not ready to commit to Craftsy price yet). So I will definitely try the technique and a tank is a perfect teaser project I think.

      As for the top photo, you must be right, it is front. But as a back is much more beautiful, won't you agree?

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  4. I really like that twisted shoulder Burda ....it doesn't hurt that it's made up in my Favorite Color in the Whole World.

    I let my Burda subscription expire last year...now I'm wondering if I could figure that out. ..

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    1. I just buy the magazine in a local store, for all the kids patterns mostly, and for my imaginative projects :) But thinking rationally, you can always purchase the pattern you like either on the US or German site. And before doing so, I usually go to their Russian site and check reviews. It is amazing how fast and how mush women there sew - something to aspire to

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  5. That vintage beaded one is AHmazing! But I also love that simple navy one, but I reckon it's more about that FAB maxi skirt than the tank (the outfit is to die for!).

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    1. The navy tank definitely benefits from a statement piece to style it with!

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  6. The Burda one is my favourite and I also love the vintage one.

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    1. the vintage one is basically a refashioned mass-produced tank. I went to my vintage lace stash ( a small stash) and found two dollies, sigh. I think this tank will remain just an eye-candy for me - too many other sewing priorities.

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  7. As a fellow lover of hand sewing, I vote AC! I have a skirt in the works and the couch sews live in a basket during NBA finals and Game of Thrones obsesssing. What else is in there? Oh! The hand embroidered jeans and linen shirt. Love the Burda twist tank.

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    1. It is so nice to have a sewing basket next to sofa, right? I am really tending toward the AC tank. I got navy jersey, which was a little too transparent as one layer, but now I think it will be a perfect choice for this project.

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  8. I think all the tops here and on your board are great but have a preference for the first one -- worn with the interest in the back of course! Silk is a great fabric for tank tops -- a bit unexpected and very luxurious to wear. The Alabama Chanin reverse applique actually goes very quickly and is mindless and relaxing, especially if you love handwork!

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    1. Cissie, it's a good tip with the Chanin top. I haven't tried this technique yet and expected this tank to be a lengthy project. Maybe I should give it a try...

      The silk top is very cute. In fact, you could make it a dress as well.

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  9. Hard to choose - but I love to try my hand at reverse applique, then again I'm a fan of the romantic feel of the lace tank too.

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  10. Thank you for your Blog...it is fabulous. I will be checking it out further for sure. I have perfected my own tanks as to fit for myself. Love making tops and tanks. I really love the first tank...the Beige one is sublime, and so sexy. With a Lace Cami have no fear. The Embroidered tank is just plain fun. The Royal Blue is also my Fav Color in the World so I am drawn to that one. I may try something like that, twisting the shoulders. Very cute. It would be lined with self fabric and would be a bit heavy for my arrid Desert Climate. I also love making my tanks in Sueded Wrinkled Rayon. It is a feel good against your skin type of fabric. I do those on the bias though.

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