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on the bias tank

Oooo, yes, it feels so good again to just do something.  Just make something that I just sketched out and not care if it really turned out or not. As an extra bonus I figured I could add it to my work attire (ha, it’s quite lacking for summer).  I made this tank similar to one I already have and love.

I used a Free Spirit Solids Voile (although I can’t find the name of the color – it’s a deep navy blue) that I had gotten from Pink Chalk a long time back.  I wasn’t entirely sure what I would make with it, but this seems as good as any!  I might even have enough left over to make a cute little skirt for one of the girls.

I traced my pattern from the existing tank, and cut it on the bias.  I used some precious pieces from my Liberty of London splurge as bias tape facing around the neck and arm holes.  I like how it’s still minimal and streamlined looking to the average viewer, but I know there’s that cute little floral in there – just for me.

Now before I let you go thinking like I’m cool, like Rae who can pump out an amazing top in no time flat, I did manage to forget to add a seam allowance for the side seams.  Oops.  It actually fits like a glove (miraculously), but I’m usually used to layering tanks under my tanks, weird habit? Ah well.  This doesn’t need it and with a little lightweight cardigan I can wear it at the office.

And don’t worry, I’ll definitely be trying this same style in knit, oh yeah!

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36 Responses to on the bias tank

  1. moxiemandie 06.14.2011 at 11:00 am #

    lovely! I do like the cute liberty ‘bling’ for yourself, too! ;)

  2. Dolly 06.14.2011 at 11:09 am #

    I do that alot……..start something, just kindof as an experiment, with fabric that I can ‘lose’ if it doesn’t work out just right. It’s so great when it DOES work out !

    Nice job, and cute look. The floral fabric is a nice touch…….just like a designer !

  3. Lauren 06.14.2011 at 11:30 am #

    love it! you are so talented!!! i have a question for you: have you done, can you do or do you know where an easy tutorial is for putting in zippers!?! thanks!

  4. Krista 06.14.2011 at 11:32 am #

    This is so simple and pretty! That touch of Liberty is perfect, even if you can only see it.

    Seriously, you have another job too? You may have forgotten the side seam allowance, but you are still Superwoman!

  5. Jeni 06.14.2011 at 11:42 am #

    This is seriously so cute! I can’t believe you winged it, super cool! :)

  6. Maureen Cracknell Handmade 06.14.2011 at 11:43 am #

    It’s perfect and so pretty! That little bit of Liberty makes it!!!

  7. Jenniffier 06.14.2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Very cute. IT looks lovely!

  8. Emily 06.14.2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Love the pretty drapeyness (without being baggy) and the liberty trim. :)

  9. Jeannie 06.14.2011 at 12:10 pm #

    You did an awesome job! I think it fits you perfect and it looks elegant to the max!

  10. Erin 06.14.2011 at 12:16 pm #

    This is such a nice shirt! I’m such a fan of racerbacks tanks. Nice work!

  11. {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow 06.14.2011 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m loving the secret Liberty! Great top, it’s so good when experiments work :-)

  12. Pascale 06.14.2011 at 12:29 pm #

    It looks great! And I bet you could make a dress like that too since it’s cut in bias…

  13. Kerry 06.14.2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Very classy! I do like the sneaky peek of floral of the binding, definitely worth it

  14. Sarbear 06.14.2011 at 2:01 pm #

    So cute and a great idea. I love the little inside trim. :)

  15. Ana Degenaar 06.14.2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Ooooo I want it!

  16. Irina 06.14.2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Beautiful! you’re an artist!

  17. longredthread 06.14.2011 at 2:56 pm #

    it’s very nicely executed :)

  18. Kelli 06.14.2011 at 3:46 pm #

    So cute! And I love the Liberty bias tape. It’s those little things that make the top that much better. Now every time you put it on or catch a glimpse of them, you’ll know…oh yeah, this worked out great!

  19. House of Pinheiro 06.14.2011 at 3:50 pm #

    amazing !

  20. Jess 06.14.2011 at 4:02 pm #

    so, so cute. Love the little liberty pop too…you know it will make you smile every time you look in your closet! So worth it. :D

  21. Carolyn 06.14.2011 at 5:05 pm #

    It’s gorgeous! Simple yet it has a little something extra on the inside (I love the bias binding). The fit looks perfect and I love the drape. So lovely!

  22. skirtastop 06.14.2011 at 5:21 pm #

    i was all “oh, what a cute top anna made,” and then i saw the liberty bias binding and was all “WOAH, that’s AWESOME!” you definitely punched it up a notch! wonderful.

  23. Erin 06.14.2011 at 6:00 pm #

    beautiful! i love the floral trim!

  24. Amy Prior 06.14.2011 at 7:01 pm #

    beautiful and relaxed!

  25. Poppyprint 06.14.2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Clever girl. That bias binding is precious.

  26. Vanessa 06.14.2011 at 10:13 pm #

    What a perfect tank! Looks effortless. Really love the Liberty bias tape detail! I just got my first piece of Liberty fabric and have no idea of what to do with it. If I get brave, maybe a top for myself.

  27. mblow 06.15.2011 at 6:48 am #

    I want your sewing courage. I love simple garments like this.

  28. Marina 06.15.2011 at 8:04 am #

    Nice top Anna and your quilt was truly beautiful – such a great showcase of the fabrics and colours….

  29. Krista 06.15.2011 at 9:09 am #

    Looks so comfy. That’s my favorite type of back. I feel like I have broad shoulders (all those years of swimming, right?!) and so I like to break it up with a racerback. Maybe I’ll get brave and try this. :) Have never made something to wear without a pattern.

  30. Angela {fussycut} 06.15.2011 at 4:12 pm #

    super cute! i love the flowers, too.

  31. Sascha 06.15.2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Love the simplicity. The Liberty is perfect.

  32. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 06.15.2011 at 9:12 pm #

    This looks so nice on you, Anna. I love the color and the racerback. Very cool.

  33. Sarah R 06.15.2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Very pretty! I can’t wait until I can wear cute stuff like that again. LOL. Oh, and I love the racerback as well — a tribute to your swimming days? ;)

  34. Dahlia 06.16.2011 at 1:57 am #

    You look so pretty Anna! I just bought (I know, shame I didn’t make them) voile sheers for jeremy’s office windows. I bet this tank is just perfect for those hot mid-west summer days! Nice work :)

  35. Vanessa 06.16.2011 at 4:34 pm #

    I love the tank you made. Simply lovely!

  36. Kitten's Lost Her Mittens 06.18.2011 at 11:01 am #

    It looks so pretty! Really well done.
    I layer tanks under my tanks, too. :)
    x Katherine

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