As I ease my way back into sewing, I thought I would start with quick and easy pieces for instant gratification. I actually started a pair of jeans, but when I did my first fitting and they were too big, I put them away. I just can’t handle failed projects right now. I’ll get back to the jeans after I start going full speed again. I’m determined to conquer sewing jeans. This was my third attempt in the last couple of years, but I refuse to give up. I’ll be back, JEANS, and I will slay you.
As I was scrolling through Instagram one day last week, I saw Tiffany of @tipstitched wearing this Curved Hem Tank by Street Style Patterns in a camo print, and I fell in love with it. The length and curved hem are what really grabbed my attention. I also loved her fabric and decided I needed about 10 of these tanks. I quickly went to her blog to read the Review that she wrote on the pattern.
After reading Tiffany’s Review, I went to the Street Style Patterns website for more information and quickly ordered the pattern. The designer of Street Style Patterns also has a Scandinavian inspired line of sewing patterns for children, called Brindille & Twig. After printing the pattern, I cut and sewed it the next day. If you’re a beginner and want a really easy project, I recommend giving this one a try. It’s a PDF pattern, which means you’ll have to print and assemble the pattern on your own. Or you can use the copy shop version and take it to your local printer to have it printed.
I absolutely love the fit of this tank and I can’t wait to make more. I plan to lengthen it for a dress version. I’d also like to lengthen it a bit for a few workout tops in athletic fabric. The tank is a lot longer on the model but I didn’t get that length with mine. I cut a size small and graded out to a medium at the hip. While the length is okay for me on this first one, I’d like to go just a bit longer for the workout tops for more coverage in the back. Perhaps I may even try a high/low situation for the workout top and lengthen the back only. I used a slinky rib knit from my stash that I picked up from the Michael Levine Loft a few years ago. The description on the website suggests using a feather weight rib knit that has a soft drape and doesn’t curl. I’ve linked to a rib knit from Michael Levine’s below that looks similar to the one I used. When searching for your knit fabric to use, just be sure it doesn’t curl because there is no hem sewn into this tank. Of course, if you don’t mind the curl of the fabric at your hem, then do your own thing. That’s the joy of sewing–we can follow the guidelines or choose to ignore them. Since I like the pattern, I’ll experiment with some nice prints next.
I’ve also purchased the Joggers and Bodysuit from the Street Style Patterns line and can’t wait to give them a try. You can also find them on Instagram @streetstylepatterns.
Now, let me tell you about these photos. Some of you know that my husband was my photographer and videographer. He took great pictures and video for my blog and YouTube channel. Since I have to take my own photos and video now, I’m trying to learn how to do this right. I wanted to have my photo shoot outdoors for my return to blogging. One of our favorite spots to shoot was on a street we call The Boulevard. As I contemplated going there for the shoot, I was apprehensive about doing it alone. However, I decided to just be brave and do it. As I parked the car and started to get out, I got nervous because I thought I would look silly and narcissistic out there taking pictures of myself. But I got out of that car and said, “I can do this! I don’t care if people look! Let ’em look!” I set up my tripod and camera, did some test shots then stepped in front of the camera. Oh gosh! It felt so weird the first few shots. Then I relaxed and just let if flow. Whew! I did it and I’ll do it again. Hahaha! My CEMO would be so proud of me. I can see him smiling, saying “Go Nee Nee!” I’m gonna learn to be great behind the camera. I’m gonna learn all that I can and become better. I’m gonna have clear and crisp photos and bright video. It’s gonna happen. This photo shoot was darn good for my second try outdoors. The first try was at the beginning of my “Casual Woman” Collection, and this one turned out better.
I’m happy to be back in my studio and look forward to sharing more as I get into my groove. I don’t feel sad coming into my space anymore. Yaaayyy!!!
Create the Look!
- Pattern: Street Style Patterns – Curved Hem Tank
- Fabric: Slinky Rib Knit like this – HERE
- Skirt: Old Purchase from Dilliards
Let me mention this skirt, because I get compliments every time I wear it. This is one of the few ready-to-wear items that I still have in my closet. I love it so much and I will keep it until it either falls apart or I can no longer fit it. I had planned on duplicating it but haven’t gotten around to that yet. It’s a stretch lace fabric with a thin knit lining. A mermaid style skirt pattern would accomplish this look. Of course, if you know how to draft your own patterns, you should be able to recreate this skirt with ease.
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