50 Dollars For A T-Shirt?

knit tank top

I’ve been really excited to make myself some tops. It seems like the perfect project, you know? Just like, a couple pieces to cut out, a couple steps to follow, and presto! Success!

Oh, me. Don’t you ever learn?

knit tank top

I have had a string of shirt failures. Fabric issues, pattern issues, you name it, I’ve had it. It’s been really frustrating. I keep thinking I’ve learned only to realize 4 hours into a stupid top that… I haven’t learned anything.

It’s been discouraging, but lucky for me this top turned out alright on the first go round, and I’m kind of loving it. I wanted to make something that I could use as a very casual/workout top, but also use as practice for nicer material. I used McCall’s M6359, which turned out to be a great basic top pattern. I only had a few changes:

The torso was pretty shapeless at first – so I just went in about 2 extra inches on each side.

Despite the fact that they encourage using bias tape, it is NO GOOD for a knit fabric. The edges don’t really lay flat, because the bias tape is giving it this weird shape – not ideal, but since this is a more casual shirt it doesn’t matter so much. I was kind of expecting to mess this up, so in the grand scheme of things it’s not such a big deal, but it would drive me crazy if I weren’t using a sale fabric from Hancock.

edge stitching McCall's M6359

Otherwise, it’s a great pattern, super easy to use, and pretty quick to sew through. I’m happy with how this top turned out, and I’m excited to make more sans bias tape – I think it would look really good in a nicer fabric, and in fact I already have one planned with a more lacy knit fabric.

Also.. please bear with me as I figure out how to not look like such an awkward freak in photos. We’re dealing with a couple different issues – it’s way more challenging to take pictures of an actual person then a piece of paper laying on the ground, especially since I have to get someone else involved to actually take the photos, and sometimes we’re on a deadline. Also I’m really bad at posing and not looking stupid. I think the camera issues will get better with practice, but I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up for my ability to not take a dumb photo, so don’t expect a whole lot there. I just think it’s cooler to see how something looks on a person than hanging from a hanger.

  • lacey

    you have all the sewing machine talent. i sewed an apron once. and by “i sewed” i mean my home ec. teacher sewed it as i looked on.