I hope you are enjoying the summer as much as I am. Between sunny weekends, weddings, christenings and birthday barbecues, I haven’t done much sewing. However, my latest finished items epitomises summer and was finished just as the rain arrived: a cotton voile tank.
The fabric was spotted during an idle ebay browsing session (ebay seller: ontrendfabrics). I was won over by the abstract print, colours and because I hadn’t sewn with voile before it was going to be a new fabric experience.When it was delivered, the voile was (excuse my ignorance if you are a fabric identification whiz) a lighter, more sheer version of lawn. Yep, all the joy of being easy to sew coupled with a surprising amount of drape for a cotton.
The drape and sheerness was lovely but just a little too indecent to be worn as a top – I underlined in plain white voile which made the bright colours pop just a little more.
The Ella tank pattern has a faced yoke but having already underlined the shell fabric, I French seamed the yoke seam and omitted the facing. And why stop there, I French seamed the shoulder and side seams too – a great way to turn a quick project into something more substantial and double the sewing time required to complete it!
The neckline and arms are finished with bias binding so I echoed that stitching by top stitching the back yoke.
I made a few alterations to the pattern pieces: raised and rotated the bust darts, lowered and scooped out the armscye, graded in at the waist, full hip adjustment and a forward shoulder adjustment. Some typical alterations for me and a couple of new ones.
I’m happy with the end result though. Very wearable and very me.