The “Bamboo Burnout” Tank

Name & Location: Tiffany James, Seattle

Blog: twilltape

How long have you been sewing: Forever- but now I’m finally getting good at it! When I was a kid, I dressed my dolls and my (sweet & innocent) dog in homemade clothes that I hand stitched myself. Now I have a real child to sew for, and I’ve even figured out my serger and stopped making clothes out of quilting cotton. Hooray for learning and growing!

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I sew a lot- usually every day- and my hobby/passion has even become a source of income for my family. That being said, I rarely take the time and materials to sew for myself, due to guilt/time constraints/excuses, excuses!

Bamboo Burnout Tank

my curious monkey can't resist a photo shoot!

This year, I’ve decided that I deserve to take the time to treat myself too, and I think that having a weekly source of inspiration and a challenge will keep me motivated and on track.

What do you love most about sewing garments: The satisfaction of being able to say “I made it!” And watching flat pieces of fabric take shape and conform to a body is truly fascinating for a person like me who has trouble visualizing things spatially. I need to see it and touch it and see how things are constructed, and sewing gives me that insider’s view.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Tracing off patterns, cutting, and marking. Tedious! But I’ve learned that there’s a difference between short-cutting my way around those things and just gritting my teeth and taking the time to do them. I don’t want to waste my precious time and end up with an unwearable mess, so I would rather take the time to do things right the first time.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I can already predict that sewing 52 garments is an unreachable goal for me, so I would be delighted if I could just get to 12. One quality garment a month would be an enormous feat and I will feel quite accomplished should I achieve that.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I would like to continue to build my business and sharpen my direction in that regard. I’m a naturally scattered person, and I tend to jump from one thing to another. That’s fine and keeps me interested, but it makes it hard to develop a real executable plan. This will be the year of the plan!

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: I’ve added dozens of sewing blogs to my feed reader over the last few months, and I love them all! A few faves include Coletterie, A Fashionable Stitch, and Lladybird. I’m hoping to uncover many more must-reads over the next year.



Tiffany James is wife, mama, seamstress, homemaker, and shop keeper in varying degrees of success. Patiently awaiting the arrival of baby number two in February, her goal for 2012 is to eek out more time for selfish sewing because she deserves it!


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  1. Love it how your little boy managed to sneak into the picture. The top is cute, too. I like the contrast binding and the white fabric looks pretty. There is some kind of burnout pattern on there, isn’t it?

    • He can’t resist when I set up the tripod! And yes, the fabric has a bamboo burnout pattern. The binding is a silk dupioni bias cut ribbon by Midori. I love the slightly nubby texture of it!

  2. Congrats on baby #2!!! I adore your tank – that little pop of color makes all the difference!

  3. Yay for moving beyond quilting cottons!!! I love your non-sewing goal for the year. You sound a lot like me… we should help keep each other focused :)