Friday, June 6, 2014

Tanks for T

I hit a roadblock with the maxi dress today. You think it would be so simple and fast right? sigh. I traced the pattern off and made the alterations, prewashed the fabric and was ready to cut it out.  Well, my fabric somehow shrinked from 3 yards down to 2.5 and from 60" wide to 56" wide.... What??? really? Well, now I do not have enough fabric for this dress.  I need about 3 to 3 1/3 yards. poo.

I decided to finish up the tanks I had cut and ready for Mr. T while I ponder my next move. Oh and I also broke down and ordered the thurlow pattern as well as the cambie.

So here are the tanks for T. I used Ottobre 03/2011 (#33) but I eliminated the cross-over shoulders; I went up to a size 152 this time, but sloped 1/2" out of the back because of the gap in his other ones. I also completed a 1/2" forward shoulder alteration.  It is a bit big in the chest, snug on the tummy and quite long.  He loves them though so oh well.

I've made this a few times before:
3 upcycled tanks here from old t-shirts
grandpa's old golf shirt upcycled to tank
and the tools tank as it is written
Looking back, I almost like the way the envelope one fits better. . . (it's the last one)


The striped one I binding as I like too by fitting raw edges to right edge of neck/arm serging, then flipping all to the inside and topstitching.  The monster one I attached the binding as I would bias tape - basting the one raw edge to the wrong side edge of neck/arm, flipping it up, then over itself (with a fold) and topstitching. T said he likes this way better.

Nice stripe matching, nice sized armholes.

The monster fabric has "volcom" written in a few spots on it.  It is lightweight and I picked up a yard off a facebook group for $7 - I have enough left for a few pairs of undies or the front or back panel of a shirt. maybe some sleeves instead.

The stripe fabric was a remnant on the back table at Hancocks. I JUST squeaked this out of 3/4 yard! It was $3.00.  The fabric must be a cotton/spandex. It is so soft and I begged T to let me have it for a tank.  As you can see, T wouldn't budge and he won the battle.  I did manage to have some little scraps - enough to make me a pair of underwear - yay!
 Jalie 3242

My 2 fabric orders came in yesterday and I'm in love. 2 ITY's are so gorgeous and the 3 swim fabrics are perfect.  Both orders were awesome.  Time to get busy sewing!

June Totals:
(stash is anything purchased before this year)
Stash used: 0.75 yards
Fabric Out: 1.5 yards
Fabric In: 0

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 28.75 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 116.5 yards
Fabric in 2014: 105.5 yards
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~


  1. Great job on the tank tops.. So cute..
    SO sorry your fabric shranked so much..Hopefully, you can figure out another way to use it..

    1. Thanks Judy, usually I account for shrinkage but I didn't expect 1/2 yard!! lol :)

  2. That's crazy shrinkage! Wow!!!

    Great use of scraps! Can't wait to see your fabric goodies!

    1. I know! It took me completely by surprise. and Thanks! (I'm hoarding these precious goodies and rolling around in them!)

  3. Grrr, knits and shrinkage.
    I bought some (very expensive) Liesl Gibson City Weekend interlock, so soft and squishy but shrinks like nothing on Earth!

    Great fitting tanks, what a nice boys look.

    1. That stinks :( Fabric should come pre-shrunk!

      and Thanks! He runs warmer than most so tanks are his favorite :)

  4. I've had that happen with fabric. It really can shrink a lot, I can never believe how much! The tanks are beautifully finished and I love that you are using up your scraps as you go. I'm trying to do that but it takes a lot of discipline!!

    1. Thanks Philippa! It sure does take some discipline but I figure I already have the right color thread in my 3 machines so it motivates me a bit more ;-)
      I sometimes wonder if they stretch fabric out before they cut it - so that it shrinks when we wash it :(

  5. I have to make some tanks for my son too! In fact, he asked me today "when are you going to be able to do some real sewing again?" ha ha He needs tanks really bad. I need to dig thru my Ottobres to find one. I don't have your issue, but I think I saw another one. That stinks about the fabric shrinking. I hope you can make something else with it. Once I bought a shirt at the mall and the sleeves shrunk up about 2 inches after I washed it! I took it back for a refund. Obviously that fabric wasn't prewashed. LOL

    1. Ha! It sure is that time of the year. I really don't recall seeing but 1 thing you made for that poor boy ;-) I had to dig through mine too, it is hard to find a good basic tank in the older kid sizes. Good luck! (I know the more recent one had a tank/vest thing that went over a button up shirt - I wondered if that one would work)

  6. Great tanks!

    I don't know what maxi pattern you're using, but maybe a creative cutting layout and trimming seam allowances to 1/4" will let you squeak by. and if you're shorter than avg, you won't need all the length anyway. hope it works out ... shrinkage sucks!

    1. Thanks Debbie! I did attempt creative layout of the maxi. Too bad the fabric is a stripe and I'm 5'7" lol. But thanks for the suggestions! It will just have to be a maxi skirt for now :)

  7. I love the tanks! Perfect for an older boy...they remind me of the Billabong Spinner Tank Tops. I'm definitely going to try making some P.

    1. Thanks Cindy! They do look a bit like Billabong :D T will love that when I tell him! Can't wait to see yours!


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