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Maiden serger project - what was I thinking?

Added Mar 11, 2017

by TeenyUK

Leicestershire, ...






I loved the look of this workout tank in the magazine and thought it would be a great project for me to try out my new serger (or overlocker, as we Brits say).

But boy oh boy! It was quite complex with all the curved panels, lining and zip. I messed up with that blade, here and there, but it turned out okay – and thoroughly wearable – in the end.

I even recycled the zip from the hip pocket on an old pair of Nike bottoms. So it cost me about £8 in total, which is great as I usually spend about £40 on workout tanks that don’t really fit to my liking (too low on the armscyes and neck, usually).

So, in at the deep end but waving, not drowning!!! Well, I hope so anyway!

Material Notes

Nice quality black swimwear fabric I bought from an eBay shop.



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    Mar 13, 2017, 10.54 PMby Mary Athey

    Love this and the zip looks great x

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      Mar 16, 2017, 09.31 PMby TeenyUK

      Thanks so much, Mary!

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    Mar 13, 2017, 08.33 PMby Beccki

    It looks great Teeny, whatever problems you had putting it together doesn’t show in the final project. Ive had my fair share of serging disasters but we live and learn :-)

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      Mar 16, 2017, 09.57 PMby TeenyUK

      Thank you, Beccki. Glad I’m not the only one! :)

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    Mar 13, 2017, 02.35 PMby kisses

    Cool top with the zip

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      Mar 16, 2017, 10.01 PMby TeenyUK

      Thank you, Daina – yeah I do like the design.

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    Mar 13, 2017, 03.08 AMby izbott

    Its does look great and what a fun project. :-)

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      Mar 16, 2017, 09.30 PMby TeenyUK

      Yes indeed! I’m going to make another one, definitely. Thank you :)

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    Mar 12, 2017, 09.34 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    This is a beautiful top and, believe me, you are the only one who can see the imperefections, so don’t mention them at all! I’ll definetely make this top this summer…And I wish I had a srerger…

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      Mar 12, 2017, 11.00 PMby TeenyUK

      Thank you, Elpida for these comments – I must say though, your creations are just awesome! You really should get a serger and try out your magic on it :)

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    Mar 12, 2017, 10.11 AMby chula123

    it is brilliant!! And a great way to practice with the overlocker :-))

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      Mar 12, 2017, 01.24 PMby TeenyUK

      Thank you, Chula. And you’re right – leggings will be a breeze, now! :)

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    Mar 11, 2017, 08.32 PMby Maria Hayek

    Doesn’t look half bad if you ask me! I think you did quite a good job on this! And it only gets better and better with the overlocker, I sew in sleeves with it now after believing straight lines is pretty much what I’ll be able to do with it :)

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      Mar 12, 2017, 01.22 PMby TeenyUK

      Thanks so much, sweet Maria. Yes I’m sure it will get better in time. I took up a RTW lined skirt with it the other day and it was so quick! I did the blind-hemming with the sewing machine but even that was a lot easier with the serger edge to use as a guide! Happy days :)

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