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Rectangle Tank

Added May 27, 2008

by ledthread

Brooklyn, New Yo...






This tank is a construction of my own design. For some time, I’ve been thinking about designing clothes that are simple to cut, simple to wear, and waste no fabric.

This tank is the first of the fruition of that idea.

I call this the rectangle tank because it is cut from rectangles. My favorite part of this design is that, even though the pieces are cut straight and virtually NO fabric went into the scrap heap, the fabric hangs on your body on the bias. How awesome is that?

This tank is made from 4 different lightweight silks. There are two layers, with the underlayer showing through the top layer. It looks pretty cool.

The shirt is reversible, and has pretty candycane straps. You can be creative with the way you tie these straps: assymetrical, halter, etc. Exposed French seams, raw hem with a straight stitch at 1/4" to keep the fray in check.

Material Notes

various lightweight silks, the flowered panels are chiffon





self :)

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    Jun 1, 2008, 11.00 AMby stephaniemorgan


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    May 29, 2008, 08.11 AMby lcavagnolo

    This looks fantastic! I’m always looking for things to do with my scrap pile, and this idea is great!

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    May 28, 2008, 10.25 PMby amarie

    Al Gore would love this! Though maybe not on him. I was thinking about this today because I went to Forever 21 and saw all these very affordable clothes. I often wonder why sew. I can’t sew these things for less than what I would pay at these stores, but I think about why I started and it’s because I wanted to be more conscious about where I spend my money and how I use materials. Great job! I know you say that using scraps was the inspiration, but if you didn’t mention I would have thought the combination was intentional as if you had yards of fabric to work with. Excellent styling on the photoshoot.

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    May 28, 2008, 12.08 PMby akwa

    Beautiful idea! When the whole is something else than the sum of its parts…

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    May 28, 2008, 05.17 AMby carottesauvage

    Excellent! I agree with all the comments stated above!

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    May 28, 2008, 04.36 AMby naughtylittlepony

    Excellent design. I love the long strap ties.
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    May 28, 2008, 04.18 AMby sunnyb64

    Love the idea of no-waste clothing, and the mix of prints is great!

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    May 27, 2008, 11.07 PMby tuuls84

    very nice :) could this be made of jersey? a “how to” would be nice :)

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    May 27, 2008, 09.58 PMby katan

    Beautiful! I have been looking for some ideas to use scrap silk. It seems on here some of the best designs come from Brooklyn.

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    May 27, 2008, 08.36 PMby staticstasy

    Very cool!..

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    May 27, 2008, 07.56 PMby starrgirl

    I love it! I just may try it myself!

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