I've gone back to the top a few times only to be more frustrated and today I finally threw my hands in the air and declared that I was done.
Now I want to note, nothing is wrong with the pattern itself. It is cute and to the point; many people have produced gorgeous tanks from it. The instructions are great. What is wrong is my fabric choice.
I picked up this silky unknown fabric at Hancocks awhile ago (Sept 15th, 2012) without knowing it's purpose. It was only $1.98 a yard and only 1 1/2 yards were left on the bolt. I really fell in love with the colors and the print so I just had to have it. I knew it would be a challenge to sew because it is so darn slippery.
I pre-washed. I muslined my pattern and made adjustments. I immediately lowered and fixed the bust darts as well as lowering the bottom of the armscye about an inch. My measurements put me in the size 6 but looking at the ease I traced and cut a size 4. It fit great on the muslin.
I traced out my pattern onto freezer paper making it a complete front and back without cutting on a fold. I then ironed the freezer paper to the tank so the fabric wouldn't slide around when I cut it out. I also tried to sew it together with the freezer paper still attached to utilize the stiffness. This was a mess. It took so much longer to sew this way then peel the freezer paper off. Ugh. I also sewed french seams. I had to use wonder tape to sew the bust darts and that was a mess. I had to wash the tank again before I could press those darts. The fabric frayed so much in the wash.
Another problem was the iron... Setting 3 for polyester was to low and setting 4 for cotton blends burned the fabric. The center pleat never wanted to lay flat.
When I finally got to making the bias tape I measured the neck opening, made and cut the bias tape and went to apply..... it was too short. I threw up my hands here. I'm done for a long time on this one. I don't know if I can bring myself to finish it but I can't bring myself to throw it away either......
I'm going to move on to another project and maybe revisit the sorbetto with a voile or lawn....
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~