Added Apr 1, 2014
Boston, United S...
One of the joys of getting more involved in the sewing blogosphere (and before you ask, dear non-sewing-readers, yes there is one!) is getting connected to other folks all over the world who also spend their Friday nights hunched over a sewing machine. One of those lovelies is Caroline over at Sew Caroline, so when the opportunity came up to test her new Tank Dress pattern, I leapt at the opportunity! My first pattern testing, but hopefully not my last.
The Tank Dress is a super easy beginner’s pattern, a little like a long Colette Sorbetto without the front pleat. It has a deep scoop neck (unusually for me, I didn’t lower it, so it’s deep there folks), a shirt-style hi-lo hem, and an elasticated waist.
I made a few adjustments to the simple pattern: first, the elastic is the only shaping in the dress, but I knew that wouldn’t work for my bust, so I added in a bust dart and did a 1.5 inch full bust adjustment. It worked perfectly! (By the way, is anyone interested in seeing a tutorial on that? It’s pretty straightforward…).
I shortened the length by 3 inches and moved the level of the elastic up on the back by 2 inches – and to be honest, it probably should have gone a bit higher. I also moved the pockets up about an inch, and again they could have gone higher. So when you make this, I recommend sewing the shoulder seams first, trying it on, and then making sure that the height of all these elements suits you.
read more at Cashmerette: http://cashmerette.blogspot.com/2014/04/tank-testing-sew-caroline-tank-dress.html
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