For this tank, I used a baby blue cotton jersey fabric for the top layer and a lime green jersey cotton fabric for the bottom. I used the lime fabric for the bias binding secured with Slate colored button/ craft thread. The front is a a double layer of fabric and the back is a single layer. I stitched the design on the front only, using the Outside Reverse Applique technique. With this technique you stitch 1/8 of an inch outside the painted and stenciled shapes. When done, you cut the shape out removing the painted parts.
This is a good project if you do not have an airbrush or if your painted images are less than perfect. You cut that part out anyway, so it does not matter. As a matter of fact, you can probably stencil using a pen, sharpie or crayon (well, maybe not a crayon)! If you have a great airbrush and equally great painting skills, this project might sting a bit. It hurts to toss your fabulously painted shapes into the trash!
|Alabama Chanin Fitted Tunic with Short Skirt|
|Anna's Garden Fitted Tunic|
Here is my review of the pattern from the book.
Hand-stitched tank tunic from Alabama Chanin Studio Sewing and Design.
S,M,L,XL I made a medium with a 5/8 seam allowance.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, in that I followed the instructions. My color choices were my own.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The books give very clear instructions and inspirations for creating multiple garments.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love everything about the patterns in this book. I do not like the depth of the neckline on the pattern, so I raised the straps about two inches.
Jersey Cotton in baby blue and lime green.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I only embellished the front of the top.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and Yes!