Sometimes you need a challenge to get you going after a bit of a meh patch *cough* stupid injury *cough*. For me that was the ridiculously exciting opportunity to pattern test Megan Neilsen’s new Eucalypt Tank. We all know my love of sleeveless tops is vast and unending and combine that with a simple yet sassy pattern to help me learn to sew using my left foot and I was in. This was my first project post injury and I’m so excited to show it off! Let me introduce you to the Aztec Tank of Doom!
I must confess to making the simplest version of this top. Between sewing with silk for the second time and having just injured my foot at derby and learning to sew with my left foot I need something pretty straightforward. I did grade the pattern down a size from bust to hips as I wanted a fairly straight side silhoutte but otherwise this was a straightforward make. Bam!
Gah! The pains of trying to photograph this top! Apparently my rad Aztec bars are too awesome to allow a point of focus on the ole iPhone. This fabric has been sitting in my stash since our New York trip last year. I had just entered Mood Fabrics and had pretty much started twitching like a squirrel on sherbet in the silk section when this bad boy was being swatched. It’s totally not my normal style but for some reason I had to have it and very politely snitched the bolt away after it was finished with. So thank you ridiculously well dressed design student guys- you’re helping this Canberra gal get sassy 12 months on! Of note- I ended up using the wrong side of the fabric as I preferred the colours and the matte finish. Also it feels absolutely amazing on. Silk win!
Now this pattern is totes a hi/lo top. I’ve seen me a whole bunch of hi/lo tops around the internet and whilst I think others can rock the look I am not sure I’m completely sold on them myself. I have too many crazy memories of being in school and trying to avoid tucking our uniform shirts completely in by kind of scrunching the sides of our tops into our skirts and letting the back hang out while the front was shorter. Blergh. But I am happy to say when wearing this I did not feel like a grungy 90s school kid. Win!
Now things aren’t looking too hi/lo there. But wait until you see the back view. Rock!
But let’s not forget my last silk tank attempt that, whilst a rad pattern, ended up with the most hideous bias binding ever seen by lady or beast. That wasn’t going to be happening again with this number, folks. I was ridiculously careful cutting these pieces out, sewing them together and pressing them like a boss. All 2.4 metres or so of them. Yup. And I tell you what, the patience paid off. Look how neat they are!
One thing that surprised me was the fact that French seams are included as part of the instructions for the tank. As I was working with this silk I was going to French seam it up anyway but when I started reading the instructions I was pipped at the post. I must admit that when working with delicate fabrics I love these seams because it makes me feel all fancy like. Is it weird if you try to show people how neat your internal shirt seams are? Because I fear I’m heading down that road with this top… BWAH HA HA!
What I loved about this pattern:
- How detailed the instructions were. This is designed for beginner sewists and Megan has done a rad job explaining things super clearly and with great illustrations. For the first time ever when I did French seams I didn’t have to have the Colette Handbook open in front of me guiding every step. Booyah!
- The customisation options included in the pack. You can get all fancy and piece the front together or get cray and make a dress. Options win!
- How quick and simple this bad boy is. If you don’t use silk. And don’t have to learn how to sew with your non-dominant foot. While trying to keep two small dogs from jumping in your lap in a thunderstorm. You know, the normal things.
- I need to adjust the armholes a bit- they feel a little gape-y at the front. I might also bring the height of bottom of the armholevup 1/2″ as well so I don’t have to worry about flashing peeps with my bra. I’m such a saucy minx!
- I’m going to bring the length up a little for some spring versions later in the year as this length looks great with tights and jeans but not so much with shorts. Please come back to me soon warmth, I beg you!!!