Hot! The “Makes an Outfit” Tank

The Facts
: 2 yards bright turquoise cotton poplin
Pattern: Simplicity 2593 (Cynthia Rowley)
Year: 2009
Notions: none
First worn: 9/23
Wear again: yes, next summer
Time to complete: many hours, about 3 actually cutting and sewing
Total cost: about $20

Hello!  Ever have one of those weeks when you wonder why you torture yourself with such a fun hobby?  Let’s just say, this top was not what I had planned.  I spent a lot more time on something else that I hope to show you soon, but I made a dumb mistake while cutting the fashion fabric and had to order more from  Luckily it’s still available.  I then spent even more time trying to figure out what I could make to salvage the week, a frustrating exercise.  Finally, I settled on this super simple top that should have taken me an hour.  But it didn’t.  And I accidentally cut too much off the armhole edges and made the straps too strappy.

We all got knocked out over the weekend by a virus that probably affected my abilities during the week.  That’s my excuse, anyways.  Also my explanation for the photos.

I like this top, though, and it looks great with the printed linen skirt I made last year.  One of my ongoing ambitions is to wear the clothes that I have.  I don’t have a ton of clothes, but I do have several items I love, like this skirt, that aren’t in rotation because they can’t seem to find their way into an outfit.  You’d think I’d have a handle on this problem after so many years of dressing myself, but no.  Sewing clothes that I then have nothing to wear with and the whole SW experience have helped me think less in terms of individual pieces I love and more in terms of outfits and styling.  So I’m happy that this pairing, the reason I made the top in the first place, actually works.  If I had the right cardigan I could wear it now.  Next summer is fine, though.



Lee is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.


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  1. I really like this, the colour is great on you. I think there’s a lot to be said for making less flashy pieces that you will get a lot of wear from, it’s something I’m trying to do more myself these days.

  2. Oooh, the top does look fabulous with that skirt! Making pieces to turn all my orphans into outfits has been one of my SW goals, with irregular success. Your outfit is a total win though!

  3. This is a great pairing. I love the colors and I think the blousier top works really well with the straight lines of the skirt. Very pretty.

  4. The top is beautiful, the skirt lovely but my favorite “accessory” is that little face peeking out at us : )

  5. I love the hint of matching blue in your skirt, a winning combo. Great top. Your daughter is such a cutie.

    I’m looking forward to seeing that ‘something else’ you’ve been working on. Do you still wear that gorgeous ankara dress you made? I love that.

  6. Very pretty top, and I think the straps are great. You did a nice job with this top and I can appreciate the time it took. Putting that bias binding around the neck and sleeves takes time to be done well. It really picks up the same color of the design in the fabric too. Maybe you’ll come across the perfect sweater, or make one, that will allow you to wear it into the cooler season.

  7. that turned out so pretty!–so glad something nice came out of your week (in addition to these darling photos with your daughter). It does look like a simple top, but I can tell a lot of those fiddly details could easily trip me up multiple times. Well done!

  8. This is a beautiful colour and I love the gathering round the neckline and the strappiness of the straps.