The “Pink Attack!” Shirt | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 2 yards of melon-colored bamboo knit from Fabric.com (~$9 a yard; they don't have my color any more, but this is close!)
Pattern: Tessuti Fave Top – free from the internets!
Year: c. 2010
Time to complete: about 45 minutes
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes – a thousand times yes!!
Total Cost: ~$18
Awww yeeaaah – we're making pink stuff! I love this color and especially love that we're taking on this challenge so close to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), where pink is the battle flag against an illness that takes the lives of so many each year. I am lucky – I have never lost anyone close to me to this disease, but I have recently had my own run in with breast cancer: my doctor found a lump during my last well-woman exam. Scared the heck out of me folks! After a mammogram and an ultrasound, I found out it was a false alarm (yay!), but this experience drove home just how important getting yearly check ups and examining yourself are. These exams are the first line of defense when it comes to successful diagnosis and treatment – they could save your life!
Ok enough about boobs – on to the top!
After digging through my closet one night it dawned on me: I don't have enough basics in my wardrobe! I have a lot of work-type clothes, jeans and t-shirts, but not enough nice casual stuff that's comfortable and stylish. I must make something basic this week that is equally passable for after work drinks or visits to the in-laws, but also do just fine for walking the dog.
The first step: find a fabric that is pink but not tooooooooooo pink. I want to be bright, not babyish in my pink choice and thankfully, I had some melon-colored bamboo knit already in my stash! Score! But what to make out of it? A dress? Nope. Won't wear it that often. A skirt? No. The Tessuti Fave Top, which I have made before and would wear daily if I thought I can get away with it? Bingo.
The top, as you can see, is mega simple, but also pretty cool. It has a drapey cut and would look awesome with jeans or tucked in to a skirt. It takes less than one hour to complete this top, from cutting to completion – even when your serger is on the fritz and you have to use the stretch stitch on your machine and go back to zig zag the edges. With a serger, this top may take you 20 minutes. It's two pieces people!
The verdict: I will wear this all the time. With everything! Especially when walking Tex.