Since the heat wave hit Vancouver, I’ve been feeling a lack of loose fitting tank tops in my wardrobe. The kind of shirts that feel like you’re not wearing a shirt, and are easy to throw on with any shorts. This is a pattern I designed for myself for just this purpose. I love the shorter length and the way it flows away from the body. It also has nice thick, comfortable straps and a higher neckline, which is ideal for me because my chest burns easily in the sun.
I’m calling this the flutter top, here is a quick diagram of the pieces needed if you would like to make your own, I wear a size 14 and was able to make this top with less than a meter of fabric. Eventually I want to turn this into a full pattern with length variations, but for now, here are the basics:
- fold straps, sew, and turn right side out, press
- finish facing edge & trim excess if needed
- pin straps to shirt front and sew in place
- pin front facing to shirt front and sew
- turn facing in and press, understitch if desired.
- repeat steps 2-5 for the back
- sew side seams together
- double fold seam allowance underarm and sew up to the straps
- double fold hem and sew.
Have you guys seen this flamingo fabric in stores? It comes in black and white and it is absolutely to die for. I love a bold print and this one is just perfect in everyway. Cute animals, black and white with a pop of colour, and super soft.
There is an ice-cream place by our house that is entirely painted flamingo pink. I immediately thought of it for this shoot, and naturally had to get an icecream to go with everything. In my mind I look adorable eating ice-cream, but the truthfully, 9 out of 10 shots were soooo weird. and kinda gross, and a little inappropriate….
Also, here is me running with my ‘olympic torch’ – you’re welcome.
Total project time: Approximately 2 hours
Fabric: 1 meter
Pattern: me made pattern
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