Originally was going to name this post MC Pattern for Mac’s Crafts but isn’t McPattern so much better? A little Irish and a little bit awful food chain.
A natural progression in sewing with patterns is creating your own right? I’m starting off quite simple. A tank top. Not too difficult. I’ve been seeing the Ogden Cami everywhere. While I do like it, I wanted something super swingy. Almost like a circle skirt but a top. I also wanted it to be a razor back. I think I was a tidbit influenced by my love of my Simone dresses/top.
It took me quite a while to draft the pattern. I started with the Sorbetto by Colette. I know the top fits me well and the bust darts sit right on my body. I copied the lines around the arm and up to the top of the shoulder. From there it was wild! I created curve after curve trying to find the right point on the front to swing the arc. I wanted the bottom to end up being straight across.
I did make a quick muslin of the front out of an old t-shirt to check the darts and make sure I didn’t make the front too low/high. When I decided I was happy I took a deep breath and cut my fabric. I’ve bought something similar before and loved it. It’s from Fabric.com and it’s concerned a workwear fabric. I believe it’s meant to be for a work shirt uniform type deal. I like it because I don’t need to iron it and it looks great!
I totally went all out with this shirt too. I did French seams along the sides. Pain in my ass. I don’t care what fabric you use, but it looks soooo pretty.
I made a ton of bias tape. The tape went across the top of the front and back. It also created the straps. I cut 2” wide strips of fabric for these. I wanted to make sure they were decently beefy but not too beefy.
I made smaller width tape to go along the bottom of the shirt. Have you ever applied bias tape the French way? It’s easier. I read a post about it somewhere so I thought I would give it a go. Pretty much you fold the bias tape in half once. Sew that shit on the edge. Fold it one more time and top stitch around. That’s it.
I’m super happy with this shirt. There is one little point in the straps that is a little wonky. It’s where the strap starts to curve around the front. It’s too much of a curve that it starts to buckle. You have to look really hard to see it though. I’m sure it’s an easy adjustment to the pattern. Move the points out more to create a gentler curve. I’m wondering if the black is helping to hide the mistake.
Side shot with my snuggle baby Frankie. I was concerned about my shirt looking a bit maternity-like but it doesn’t billow out too terribly.
There’s a lot of fabric to this shirt. It makes it so light and breezy.
I loved the black one so much I made it in orange too. The fabric weight is different. It’s heavier and has much less drape. It is much more voluminous. I think next I’d like to try it in a knit.
Oh and just like a circle skirt. This bad boy twirls too! Yippee! Angry twirl face. The orange fabric was not having it was well as the black.
Feeling quite accomplished with my first garment pattern. I’ll keep making a lot more of these. It’s an awesome simple wardrobe staple. Plus it gives me extra satisfaction knowing I made the pattern.