In keeping with the “things I saw two years ago when I was a newbie sewist and wanted to try but didn’t” theme, I turned to Nancy of Belle Epoque and her Tie Tank Top Tute to make a top to match my new pajama bottoms. Again, I found it quite simple to make, now that I have some basic sewing experience.
It’s constructed in a similar fashion to a child’s pillowcase dress, but it’s more flexible in that you cut the cloth to fit your measurements. That said, I knew there would be a problem when the instructions included a step that essentially amounted to adding 16 inches to my hip measurement. Perhaps a super skinny girl could look good in a shirt with that much extra fabric floating around, but I just couldn’t pull it off. I tried. I made it as instructed, but then narrowed the whole thing by about 4 inches around. It’s still pretty big, but being that I intend to wear it as a pajama top, big is ok. Comfy, even.
The ribbon I used for the ties was too wide, I know, but even so, I am not a big fan of ties on my shoulder, and am thinking that I will just sew the ribbons together where they’re supposed to tie, and do away with the bows.
I think I would like to try and make this shirt for normal everyday wear – I imagine it would be really cool on those hot days – but first I have to figure out if there’s some way to cut it so that I don’t end up looking like I’m about 300 pounds in it… Any suggestions?
We’re heading out to see fireworks tonight, and my plan is to spend some time today making Blueberry-Raspberry Pound Cake to bring, and new bandana pants for the boys – I found bandanas that look like American flags. Those boys are either going to look really cool or really dorky. I’ll report back, when I can, to let you know which it was. Hee hee.