Thursday, March 21, 2013

Summer Swing Tank

So, yesterday was the first day of spring, and here in Pittsburgh, it was barely 30° and snowed sporadically throughout the day. Way to go Punxutawney Phil. You were totally wrong. I am more than ready for some warm weather to head our way, and in an effort to encourage the sun and warmth I made this Summer Swing Tank.


Somewhere in my pinterest wanderings (the pin had no link, so unfortunately I can't give proper attribution) I came across the idea of adding lace to the side seams of a tight tank top. I fell in love with the idea and have been keeping an eye out for the perfect combination of lace and fabric to make one for myself.



I used on of my favorite tanks as a model for my tank pattern. I adjusted the sides on both the front and back pieces, so that when I added the panels, it wouldn't be too wide at the bottom. I wanted it to flare and swing, but not turn into a circus tent! For the lace side panels, I actually pulled out some leftover lace from an (unfinished, eep!) thrift store refashion I started last summer. The way I cut the original garment, the scraps were practically perfect as is, but I did give them a couple snips to make them completely perfect.


The heather grey jersey fabric and the delicate cream lace look so good together, don't you think? Between that, and the scraps being basically pre-cut for the project, any ideas that I had about using my newly purchased lace went straight out the window! I couldn't be happier with the results. The fit is a little tight across the chest (I think I didn't leave enough seam allowance when I cut out the fabric) but its still wearable.

Another adjustment I made to the pattern from the original tank was to adjust the length of the shirt in the back. I'm in love with hi-lo hem trend right now, and I just love the way this turned out. I wish I could tell you that I did some fancy math to make sure the curve was just right, but honestly, I just eyeballed it!

The back with the longer hemline.
Since the grey fabric is a jersey knit, it didn't require a hem. I may go back later to put a trim on the neckline.

I am in love with it! Now all I need is some summer weather so that I can try it out for real.
Bring on summer!

I'll be linking up at:

saving4six Catch a Glimpse ButtonCreative Sewing Blog   Somewhat Simple   Made in a Day 
I'm Topsy Turvy

14 comments:

  1. Great idea. I love the lace detail! :)
    ~Jen

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  2. Cute! I host a refashioning party on Fridays - you should come link up tomorrow!

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  3. I Love it! I may have to look into making something like this for myself :) I hear you on the 30 degree first day of spring - it's the same here in MN

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    1. Good luck! It was really quite simple. I'd love to see your what you come up with!

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  4. That is really cute! I'm pinning this.

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  5. Great idea for summer! I'm pinning this!

    www.domesticblisssquared.com

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    1. Thanks! Clicking through to your blog now :)

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  6. Very cute!
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  7. Wow, how beautiful! What a great idea. I love the combination of grey and cream. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! and thanks for checking out my (sadly neglected) blog!

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