The “Makes an Outfit” Tank
Fabric: 2 yards bright turquoise cotton poplin
Pattern: Simplicity 2593 (Cynthia Rowley)
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 Fabric.com. 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.