Have you ever gone into your fabric stash and come out with an accidental project? You feel the immediate need to complete it A) because you have the fabric in hand B) there’s a pattern that is dying to be made from this sad little remnant. That’s where this shirt began. Lying in a little neat folded pile amongst other fabrics waiting for their turn to be beautiful.
I have a See & Sew pattern B5632 (out of print) that I haven’t used for a very long time. I think it may be the first pattern I bought when I decided I would try to make my own clothes. it touted that it would be “Sew Easy”! I had a hard time with it. I chalked it up to being a beginner and thinking I could slap something together without needing to fit it. Well I’m much wiser at this point and realize that’s not how sewing goes, at least most of the time anyway. The pattern is a dress but I figured I had enough to squeeze out a shirt. Simple enough!
The top patterns pieces for this are cut in duplicate; one innie and one outtie. I have some very thin cream jersey that I figured would work for the innie and the outtie is the floral rayon scrap. The package told me that I should cut a size 14. I knew it was wrong but I cut it anyways. Trimming down is easier than trying to magically make fabric grow. When all was said an done, I should have cut the size 8 which I figured but hey, I was trusting the creator.
I have to say for such an easy pattern, I had a hell of a time with it. Partially because of cutting the wrong size and the other because the pleats and overlapping is quite fiddly in the front. The pleats do not make for a nice rounded cup. It does weird things and I couldn’t get the fabric to lay flat against my bosom. So piss on that. I kept changing the position of the straps because putting the strap where instructed caused the fabric to flare out at the side.
After wrestling with this “sew easy” project over a few days and many strong curses had been had, I completed a simple tank top. All that for just a tank. It should have been something more astonishing and marvelous but sometimes you take what you can get.
For the hot, hot weather we’ve been having, this top is perfect. The rayon makes it light and it feels like I’m not wearing a top at all! Which did cause me to touch the hem a few times to make sure it hadn’t flown up or magically disappeared.
I still think I need to come up with a much better way to construct the main pieces of this pattern because it is adorable and I can see me using it again. That can happen another time, when I have lots of patience and alcohol.